The Naked Brothers Band
Nat Wolff is the lead vocalist, songwriter and keyboardist of the pop rock group The Naked Brothers Band, which he founded with his brother Alex Wolff. The group's albums include “The Naked Brothers Band” (2007), which produced the Billboard hit single “Crazy Car” (#83) and “I Don't Want To Go To School” (2008). As an actor, Nat is best recognized for portraying himself in the film “The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie” (2005) and the Nickelodeon series “The Naked Brothers Band” (2007-2009). Created by his mother, Polly Draper, both projects were comically based on his and his younger brother's life. Nat jointly picked up an Audience Award at the 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival for the first and a Blimp Award nomination at the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards for the latter.
Childhood and Family:
Born Nathaniel Marvin Wolff on December 17, 1994, in Los Angeles, California, Nat Wolff is the oldest son of Polly Draper (born on June 15, 1955), an actress, director, writer, and producer, and Michael Wolff (born on July 31, 1952), a jazz pianist, composer, band leader, actor and producer. He has a younger brother named Alex (born on November 1, 1997). The family currently resides in New York City, New York.
Nat Wolff goes by the nicknames Wolfman and Mr. Maturity, the latter of which was given to him because he often acts more mature than his father. He attends private school. In his free time, Nat loves to play basketball, write music, hang out with friends and play with the family dog E.T. Nat ranks the New York Giants as his favorite football team, the Los Angeles Lakers his favorite basketball team and the New York Yankees as his favorite baseball team. He idolizes The Beatles, Sting, Jennifer Aniston and James Stewart. He enjoys watching the cartoon series “SpongeBob SquarePants” and the sitcom “Friends.”
A product of a show business family, Nat Wolff knew he wanted to act from an early age, an ambition originally discouraged by his mother, who wanted her kids to have a normal life. In order to please her eldest son, she allowed the creative kid to direct, produce and write the short film “Don't Eat off My Plate” (2005), which starred his celebrity parents, Draper and Michael Wolff. After seeing the movie, Draper let her son become a child actor.
Nat made his acting debut in “The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie” (2005), an independent film created, directed, written by and executive produced by his mother. The film, based on the real life band that Nat founded with friends and starring Nat with his brother Alex, premiered at the 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Family Feature Film. It also received attention from Nickelodeon executive and the founder of Spike TV, Albie Hecht, who was in the audience. Thanks to the help of Mr. Hecht, “The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie” aired on the Nickelodeon network on January 27, 2007. Nat also wrote all of the songs performed in the film, except for “That's How It Is,” which was written and performed by Alex. Apart form the talented brothers, the film also featured David Levi, Thomas Batuello, Joshua Kaye, Allie DiMeco, Cole Hawkins, Cooper Pillot, Jesse Draper, and their dad, Michael Wolff, who portrayed his sons' socially awkward accordion playing father.
On February 3, 2007, the television series version of “The Naked Brothers Band” debuted on Nickelodeon with Nat and Alex reprising their roles. The show went on for 40 episodes until June 13, 2009, and was nominated for a Teen Choice for Choice TV: Movie and a Young Artist for Best Family Television Series. For his acting, Nat received a Young Artist nomination for Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series and a Blimp Award nomination for Favorite Television Actor at the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards.
“I always hope that parents will enjoy the show as much as the children. I’m also very inspired by my son’s songs, so a lot of the feelings and thoughts in the episodes revolve around those. We treat this show like an adult comedy, not like a typical kids show. If a joke goes by unnoticed, that’s all right with us. With the third or fourth viewing, kids will pick it up, as opposed to most children’s fare, where most jokes are signaled and cued.” Polly Draper (Nat's mother)
After “The Naked Brothers Band” left the airwaves, Nat had a role on the made-for-TV film “Mr. Troop Mom,” which aired on Nickelodeon on June 19, 2009. The comedy was directed by William Dear, written by Thomas Ian Griffith and also starred George Lopez, Daniela Bobadilla, Jane Lynch, Julia Anderson, Elizabeth Thai, Jessica McLeod, and his brother Alex. Nat has also performed in off-Broadway productions such as “Getting Into Heaven,” written by his mother, and “The Heart of Baghdad.” He is also a regular at the Improv Comedy Club. He stated, “I love to do standup comedy.”
Nat and his group, the Naked Brothers Band, whose members also include Alex (drums), Rosalina DiMeco, David Julian Levi, Thomas Batuello and Qaasim Middleton, have released several studio albums. Produced by his dad and Michael A. Levine, “The Naked Brothers Band: Music from the Movie” was released in 2006 and spawned the singles “Crazy Car” (2005) and “Rosalina” (2006). The follow up, “The Naked Brothers Band,” was launched on October 9, 2007, with the singles “Crazy Car” and “If That's Not Love.” “I Don't Want to Go to School” and “Face in the Hall/Your Smile” were released in 2008. Thanks to the popularity of the film and the TV series, the song “Crazy Car” debuted at No. 83 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first single of the group to chart.
“I think the key thing to being a rock star is to be yourself.” Nat Wolff
Hamptons International Film Festival: Audience Award, Family Feature Film, “The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie,” 2005