Natalie Becker is what you'd call a triple threat - an award-winning international actress, voice artist and presenter. She's renowned for her immense talent and beauty, regarded as an inspirational icon. Becker has carved a niche for herself in the entertainment industry, starring in several high profile movies with heaps of broadcast experience in film, television and radio.
Natalie won a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) for Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film for her role in The World Unseen. She's performed with some of Hollywood's finest, opposite John Malkovich in Disgrace and alongside William H. Macy and Meg Ryan in The Deal. She landed the coveted role of Astarte from a number of handpicked international actresses, starring in Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior and recently played the secondary lead role of Ariad in the BBC drama, Atlantis scheduled for release in the coming weeks.
Natalie's talents extend to television where she's hosted and presented on shows including: Free Spirit, Intertainment Africa, Solo, The Cosmo Show, Top Billing and The Mega Millions Game Show. She also presented and produced Cape Town After Dark, a 7-10pm radio show on Good Hope FM, one of the Western Cape's most listened to radio stations. A triple threat, a rising star and something of an enigma, Natalie Becker is in big demand, which is why we were fortunate enough to catch up with her and find out about her movie preferences with Top Ten Movies...
"Usually movies featuring live-action talking
animals are my faves for enjoying a couple laughs..."
I can't watch movies without...
- ...popcorn and chocolate whispers, cliché I know but true!
Which famous people share your birthday?
- Writers Ayn Rand and James Joyce, Avant-Garde Czech film director Vera Chytilova, violinist Jascha Heifitz and musician Stan Getz. (2 February)
What is the first film you remember watching?
- Kramer vs. Kramer with Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. I remember the part where the kid is playing in the park, I think he falls off the jungle gym. Don't remember how old I was but remember thinking it was quite a serious movie - enjoyed watching it much more as an adult. :)
What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
- A movie about a talking dog called Kevin, I think. Usually movies featuring live-action talking animals are my faves for enjoying a couple laughs but this one was dismal.
Which movies have made you tearful?
- Usually talking animal movies with happy endings like Racing Stripes and Babe...
Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?
- Probably John Malkovich. As an actor having to be present, alive and deliver a performance, nervousness goes out the window before you're on set, so when our director, Steven Jacobs introduced me to John, it was a relaxed and friendly meeting, we went almost straight into rehearsals and pretty much got to work right away.
He is a complete gentleman and a brilliant actor and has a great sense of humour, not at all pretentious. I remember he was wearing these cool slippers on set that were initialled JM, for John Malkovich and also the initials of the author of the book upon which the movie Disgrace was based, JM Coetzee.
What's your favourite movie line?
- "I have crossed oceans of time to find you" - Dracula: A Love Story
Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?
If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?
- My life so far. It would be a bit like Running with Scissors meets Kramer vs. Kramer and Babe!
Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...
- Not fair, so many movies I love for so many different reasons, it's IMPOSSIBLE to choose just 10!
- Like Water For Chocolate ...lyrical poetry played out on a screen canvas against a lush backdrop of food, love, lust, longing, revenge and war, with humour and irony.
- House of Spirits ...a haunting, deep, evocative, profound epic played out across generations with a stellar cast including Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons and Glen Close.
- Romeo is Bleeding ...an aching, raw and violent ode to love, lust , greed, betrayal and of course its aftermath of bittersweet remorse and regret. Startling and haunting performances from the perfectly cast Gary Oldman, Lena Olin and Anabella Sciora.
- Requiem for a Dream ...a profound journey, a scathing indictment on society and lifts the veil on our shadow sides in the most vivid, brilliant roller coaster ride of a movie. It will not leave you unmoved. And of course, Darren Aronovsky is a genius.
- Amadeus ...genius portrayal of a musical genius. It's simply a classic I love.
- Immortal Beloved ...a movie I love for the music, which haunts me, and for its insight into the life of Beethoven's tortured genius, his secrets and his loves. Gary Oldman is brilliant as Beethoven.
- Dangerous Liasons ...Love, Revenge and John Malkovich as Vicomte de Valmont. Need I say more?
- Breaking the Waves ...It moved me, deeply, profoundly, this gem of a movie. Unexpected and brilliant. Emily Watson. Stellan Skarsgård. Lars von Trier.
- In the Mood for Love ...a classic, lyrical, poetic, beautiful, enigmatic, everything a movie should be.
- Magnolia ...Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, William Macy deliver the performances of their lives- brilliant, alive, visceral, arresting. Paul Thomas Anderson's homage to Robert Altman.
- Dogville ...one of Nicole Kidman's most remarkable performances. Lars von Trier manages truly to make the viewer suspend disbelief and draws one deeply into this drama, despite the fact that the entire set is one chalk-marked stage.
- Carlito's Way ...for the music, the time, the feel, Sean Penn like you'd never seen him before and of course, the force of nature that is Al Pacino.
- Laurel Canyon ...I love Frances McDormand as an actress. It's just a brilliant movie.
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