Cuban-American model-turned-actress Natalie Martinez rode the crest of fame in the mid-2000s via the rise of My Network, a sixth national U.S. station dedicated to developing, producing and airing English-language telenovelas, modeled after those in Latin America. Two of the station's programs lifted Martinez into the public spotlight: the 2006 Fashion House and the 2007 Saints and Sinners. In the first, Martinez played Michelle Miller, a housewife who aspired to a career as a fashion designer after discovering her husband's infidelity, and subsequently bore witness to the battle of wills between two rival designers at war with each other -- Maria Gianni (Bo Derek) and Sophia Blakely (Morgan Fairchild). Saints and Sinners constituted an attempt to update William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the contemporary setting of Miami Beach, FL.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Was chosen by Jennifer Lopez from 5000 entrants to be the spokesmodel for JLO, Lopez's clothing line.
- Best known for starring in the movie Death Race and in the telenovelas Fashion House and Saints & Sinners.
- Was cast in the series Chuck, but her character was cut before the series aired.
- Has been on the covers of Maxim UK and Cosmopolitan in Mexico.
- Is of Cuban descent.