Childhood & Early Life
Natassia Malthe was born Linn Natassia Malthe, on January 19, 1974, in Oslo, Norway, to Phin and Harald Malthe. Her father was Norwegian, while her mother was of Malaysian descent. Her mother hailed from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She grew up with her elder sister.
Natassia spent her childhood in Norway and Scotland, where she had moved a few years after her birth. She attended the ‘Goh Ballet Academy’ in Scotland. Back in Norway, she attended the ‘Norwegian National Opera and Ballet,’ where she received dancing and singing lessons.
She also finished high school at the age of 17 and moved to London to study musical theater. After a while, she finally made the big move to Los Angeles, where she began auditioning for TV and film roles.
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She made her acting debut in 1996, appearing in an episode of the action–adventure series ‘Viper,’ titled ‘Holy Matrimony.’ She then appeared in more guest roles, in series such as ‘Millennium’ and ‘First Wave.’
She made her film debut in the 1998 psychological horror film titled ‘Disturbing Behavior,’ in which she played ‘Mary Jo,’ a small role. The film was a critical disaster but a moderate commercial success. In many ways, her career’s first film wrongfully stereotyped her as an actor mostly suitable for roles in horror films.
In 1999, she appeared in a supporting role in yet another horror film, ‘Lake Placid.’ She played ‘Janine’ in the film, which was surprisingly a critical and commercial success.
In 2000, she played a supporting role in the dark comedy ‘Me, Myself & Irene,’ starring Jim Carrey in the lead role. The film was a huge commercial success and received average reviews from critics.
In 2002, she appeared in the erotic comedy titled ‘40 Days and 40 Nights.’ Although the film received moderate critical acclaim, it was considered a huge box-office success.
In the early 2000s, she appeared in many supporting and main roles in TV films such as ‘Trapped’ and ‘The Wedding Dress.’ In addition, she also appeared in guest/one-episode roles in series such as ‘Los Luchadores’ and ‘Seven Days.'
In 2002, she appeared in a supporting role in the heist film titled ‘Stark Raving Mad.’ The film was a huge critical and commercial debacle. The same year, she appeared in the role of a French maid in the horror film ‘Halloween: Resurrection.’ Despite earning some really bad reviews, the film was a commercial success.
At that time, she was mostly offered supporting/small roles in films. In 2003, she appeared as ‘Melanie’ in the comedy film titled ‘A Guy Thing.’
She received a comparatively bigger break when she was cast in the 2005 superhero film titled ‘Elektra.’ The film featured her in the role of the supervillain ‘Typhoid.’ It received largely negative reviews from critics and was a moderate box-office success.
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The same year, she appeared in many small/independent films, such as ‘Bound by Lies,’ ‘Awake,’ ‘Chaos,’ and ‘Devil’s Highway.’ The following year, she appeared in a horror–action film titled ‘Skinwalkers.’ The film featured her in the role of an alpha female named ‘Sonja.’
In 2007, she appeared in the erotic science-fiction film titled ‘Sex and Death 101,’ essaying the role of ‘Bambi Kidd.’ The film received bad reviews from critics and was a debacle at the box office.
The same year, Natassia earned the first lead role of her career, in the Western horror ‘BloodRayne 2: Deliverance.’ The film was a huge critical and commercial failure, with Natassia receiving a lot of backlash for her abysmal performance.
In 2008, she appeared as ‘Lucinda,’ one of the lead characters in the independent fantasy–drama film titled ‘The Other Side of the Tracks.’ The film received bad reviews and a limited theatrical release.
The same year, she appeared in the horror film titled ‘Alone in the Dark II.’ The film was a sequel to ‘Alone in the Dark’ and got a much better reception than its prequel, becoming a critical and commercial hit.
In 2010, she got a huge breakthrough when she appeared in a supporting role in the fantasy–drama film ‘Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.’ Natassia played the role of a waitress in the film. It received moderate reviews from critics but was a huge box-office hit.
In the more recent years, she appeared in supporting roles in films such as ‘This Means War,’ ‘Assault on Wall Street,’ and ‘Alpha.’ She has practically stayed away from TV roles since 2010, and her last appearance was as a guest actor in the series ‘Fringe’ in 2010.
She is also a model and has been featured on ‘Maxim’s ‘100 Sexiest Women’ and ‘Hot 100 of 2005’ lists.