Natasha Liu Bordizzo on Playing a “Hip ’70s Girl” in “Day Shift”

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.

1. What is your astrological sign (and do you believe in it)?

I’m a Virgo Sun with an Aries Moon and a Sagittarius Ascendant, if you want to know. And I believe it. I am all of these things to a T.

2. Do you believe in ghosts (and have you ever seen them)?

I guess it depends on the definition of ghosts, as I feel like it varies these days. I believe in the spirit world for sure. I’ve never seen any, because I don’t necessarily believe they’re visual, but yes.

3. What’s your favorite drink order? (And if it’s alcoholic, what’s your hangover cure?)

The oat milk cappuccino is my favorite drink order. If I were to drink alcohol, my hangover remedy would be avocado on bread with eggs. A classic Aussie meal.

4. Who would be the three headliners for your dream music festival?

Oh my God, it’s so hard. I think I’m going to say three completely different people. J Cole, Hans Zimmer, and this band I listened to recently that I’m obsessed with called Oklou.

4. Describe your worst date in three words.

Performative, inauthentic, cringe.

5. What is the last DM you received?

He’s probably someone who’s excited about the role I’m playing right now because the fans are really excited and they’re very nice.

6. If you could be in a music video, what would it be?

I would probably be in a clip of this band called The Blaze. They have amazing music videos. My favorite by them is called “Queens”. They’re like these mini-shorts, and I’m obsessed with them. I actually don’t listen to their music much, I’m more obsessed with their music videos. You should check one out.

7. What was your first gig?

My first gig was The Fray. When I was 14, [or] 15.

8. What memories do you have of it?

My friend and I went there and we were bawling in the front row. At that age, we watched a lot of fan ship videos on YouTube where our favorite characters, they set them to music by The Fray. So we were just bawling hysterically.

9. What was your favorite movie when you were a kid?

When I was younger it would have been the horse movie Spirit: Cimarron Stallion.

10. What’s your favorite breakup song?

There’s this album called “Songs To Break Up To: by Taku, and it’s just very cinematic. [There’s] lots of instrumentals, but every song is called “I miss you”. And then it’s like “I miss you more”, “We were in love”, all that. And it’s so moody. I went through a breakup and this album was really at the right time. Do you know “After Hours” by The Weeknd? Yeah. I don’t know if it’s a breakup song, but I listened to it a lot. I love this song.

11. What’s your all-time favorite red carpet look worn by someone else?

Probably anything Zoë Kravitz wears.

12. What high school outfit would you like to keep?

13. Which reality show would you most like to appear on?

I probably just wanna be sure Survivor.

14. What is your favorite fast food and what is your order?

Definitely a burger of sorts. There’s actually a place in Australia called Oporto, and there’s a burger place called Bondi burger. It’s like Portuguese grilled chicken and that special tangy mayonnaise sauce.

15. What is your favorite pair of shoes and why?

This pair of boots that Chanel gave me because they are so comfortable and really cool. And I can just wear them and make any outfit look cool.

16. What is your favorite Internet meme/joke and why?

Probably the guy sitting in a room with stuff on fire around him.

17. What is your bad habit that you wanted to correct?

I don’t know, sitting in dog parks with no dogs and staring at everyone’s dogs every day, like a bad guy.

18. What was the last internet rabbit hole you went down?

I was researching the timeline of things that happened in star wars on Wookieepedia, and I was looking for the order in which certain battles had taken place.

19. What is one thing everyone should buy under $10?