Natasha Liu Bordizzo did not intend to be an actress. The 27-year-old was a law student in Sydney, Australia, on a “very different path”, as she puts it, before a modeling agency spotted her. Bordizzo initially refused their offer, but they came back with a different idea. “The same agent who scouted me for modeling said, ‘Are you interested in acting? Bordizzo explains on Zoom. “And I said, ‘potentially.'”
Fast forward a few years and Bordizzo’s chance encounter led to a starring role in Day shift – a new Netflix Original following a struggling father who uses his pool cleaning business as a front for a much more lucrative career: murdering vampires for money. Day shift premiered on August 12 and is already the streamer’s #1 movie worldwide.
Bordizzo – who fits perfectly into the film, acting alongside Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg and Dave Franco – is a natural talent, and it didn’t take long for the actress to find her footing in Hollywood. She landed her first Snow Vase role in Netflix Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, in 2016, without prior experience or formal training. “It was my first audition and I booked it,” she says with a smile. Three years later, she played Helena in another Netflix Original, The society.
Now with a bit more experience under her belt, Bordizzo is exploring more complex characters, like her role as Heather in Quarter day. “I play Jamie’s character’s neighbor that he meets, and I’m like [a] very 70s, hip girl with my salt lamps in my apartment.”
“I’m just a nice lady that he chats with once in a while,” she continues, “Then I become something unexpected and I have to explain that even though I’m something unexpected (I’m sure you you can all guess), I always work for the good side. And I work with Jamie and David to eliminate the evil side.
Before the premiere of day shift, Bordizzo took NYLON-19 and revealed her star sign, the reality show she wants to be on, and the bad habit she wanted to fix.