Elektra Villain Typhoid
“If I didn't get into modeling, I wouldn't have been able to see America and pursue my acting career.” Natassia Malthe.
Norwegian-born model and actress Natassia Malthe began appearing on screen around the late '90s in such TV shows as "Viper," "Millennium," "Dark Angel," "Seven Days," and "The Chris Isaak Show." She also made earlier film appearances in the films "Disturbing Behavior" (1998), "Lake Placid" (1999), "40 Days and 40 Nights" (2002), and "Halloween: Resurrection" (2002).
Following her breakout performance as the villainous Typhoid in "Elektra" (2005), Malthe has added to her resume with roles in the films "Wish You Were Here" (2005), "Awake" (2005), "Chaos" (2005), "Skinwalkers" (2006), "DOA: Dead or Alive" (2006), and "Sex and Death 101" (2007). She recently starred as Rayne, the half-human/half-vampire warrior, in Uwe Boll's straight-to-video released vampire movie "BloodRayne II: Deliverance" (2007), and co-starred with Brendan Fehr in the fantasy drama feature "The Other Side of the Tracks" (2008). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Manslaughter" and "Alone in the Dark II."
“I’ve been told I’m naturally sexy, but I try not to play it up. It’s gotten me into so much trouble. I wind up attracting the wrong people. It’s broken my heart a couple times, all because I was too sexy.” Natassia Malthe (about being regarded as sexy).
As a model, the 5' 5" stunner who has done ads for Giordano, Pantene, Axe and Johnson's pH 5.5 (both print ads and TV ads) was one of Maxim's "100 Sexiest Women" (2003) and Maxim magazine's "Hot 100 of 2005" list. She was recently featured as the "star" of a 2008 TV commercial campaign for "Scarlet," a line of flat-panel televisions from Korean electronics manufacturer LG.
“I'd like to someday see myself married to my true love and starting a big family, and at the same time still having an artistic job.” Natassia Malthe.
Childhood and Family:
“Whenever I think of my childhood, I remember the summer days that we spent in the beaches of Norway.” Natassia Malthe.
A half-Norwegian from her father side and half-Malaysian heritage from her mother side, Linn Natassia Malthe was born in Scotland, Norway on January 19, 1974. The younger of the two daughters born to Harald Malthe, a teacher, and Phin Malthe, a retired nurse, Malthe has only one sister, Kristin Malthe, who is a Giordano girl.
“I didn’t have any friends, and I never went to the class parties. It gets boring to me when people talk about clothing brands or what boat they’re going to buy next summer.” Natassia Malthe.
Malthe spent her formative years with her single mother in Norway and Canada. She grew up dancing in schools such as the Royal Winnepeg Ballet, the Norwegian Opera house, and the Goh ballet academy. She later moved to London, England to study musical theater, and then returned to Canada, where she landed her first part on television.
“I had an Asian mom and a Norwegian dad. [...] That wasn't very common in Norway at that time. People would stare at us a lot and would talk about us. We had to move out of town because people were too curious. So that was hard.” Natassia Malthe.
From 1999 to 2001, Malthe had a relationship with actor Rey-Phillip Santos and they have one child together.
“How do I describe myself? I'd have to say that I'm an easy-going and funny person. I like everyone I meet. I tend to be a romantic and an idealist, though, and sometimes it's frustrating because it's a vision that's almost impossible to live up to in real life.” Natassia Malthe.
“The best teaching that I got from my parents was building good work ethics. That helps me a lot in my work now.” Natassia Malthe.
An accomplished singer and dancer as a teenager, Natassia Malthe studied musical theater in London after high school. She then moved to Canada where she continued her studies at the prestigious Goh Ballet Academy and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After studying musical theater in London, she returned to Canada and got her first acting job on television with guest spots in an episode of the syndicated action-adventure TV series "Viper," FOX horror/drama series starring Lance Henriksen, "Millennium," and the Sci-Fi Channel show "First Wave."
In 1998, Malthe made his film debut in director David Nutter's thriller/horror/psycho Noir film starring James Marsden, Katie Holmes, and Nick Stahl, "Disturbing Behavior." In the following year, she made her second film, "Lake Placid" (1999), a comedy horror directed by Steve Miner featuring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, and Betty White.
The new millennium saw Malthe appeared in the pilot episode of FOX cyberpunk science fiction television program starring Jessica Alba, "Dark Angel," as well as guest-starred in an episode of UPN time travel show "Seven Days" and Showtime sitcom "The Chris Isaak Show." She also appeared in the made-for-television movies "Trapped" (2001) and "The Wedding Dress" (2001).
On the big screen, Malthe could be seen in the films "40 Days and 40 Nights" (2002), a romantic drama comedy by Michael Lehmann starring Josh Hartnett and Shannyn Sossamon, "Stark Raving Mad" (2002), a crime/comedy by Drew Daywalt and David Schneider starring Seann William Scott, and "Halloween: Resurrection" (2002), a horror/thriller by Rick Rosenthal starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
She was also cast in the straight-to-video released movie "K-9: P.I." (2002; starring James Belushi), Chris Koch's romantic comedy "A Guy Thing" (2003; starring Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, and Selma Blair), and Kari Skogland's hockey comedy "Chicks with Sticks" (2004).
After appearing in the TV movie about The Hollywood Madam, "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss" (2004; starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler), Malthe was featured in the video "Maxim Uncovered! Vol. 2" (2004). She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of USA Network's science fiction/suspense series starring Anthony Michael Hall, "The Dead Zone," and the science fiction television series "Andromeda."
In 2005, Malthe received wide notice while playing Typhoid, who kisses Jennifer Garner's title role in an attempt to kill her, in Rob Bowman's action movie based on the Marvel character, "Elektra" (2005). Her performance in the film earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Kiss (shared with Garner).
“She kills with her touch and her kissing... And her breath—her big, bad breath.” Natassia Malthe (on her role in "Elektra" (2005)).
That same year, moviegoers could catch her in Fabien Pruvot's thriller "Devil's Highway," Darryn Welch's thriller "Wish You Were Here," David Frank Gomes' drama/comedy "Awake," Hidetoshi Oneda's adaptation of John Keats' poem, "Belle dame sans merci, La," and Tony Giglio's crime/action "Chaos" (starring Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe, and Wesley Snipes).
She also appeared in the straight-to-video released "Bound by Lies" (aka. "The Long Dark Kiss"), as well as in the TV movies "Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber" (aka. "The Social Climber") and "Bloodsuckers" (aka. "Vampire Wars: Battle for the Universe").
In 2006, Malthe was cast alongside Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, and Rhona Mitra for James Isaac's werewolf movie "Skinwalkers" and with Jaime Pressly, Devon Aoki, Holly Valance, and Sarah Carter, in Corey Yuen's movie adaptation of the best selling video game series, "DOA: Dead or Alive." She also appeared as a doctor in the telepic "Dead & Deader."
Malthe subsequently acted in writer/director Daniel Waters' drama/comedy movie "Sex and Death 101" (2007; alongside Winona Ryder) and starred as Rayne, the half-human/half-vampire warrior who ventures to America's 1880's Wild West to stop the vampired Billy the Kid (played by Zack Ward) and his posse of vampire cowboys, in Uwe Boll's straight-to-video released vampire movie, "BloodRayne II: Deliverance" (2007). Meanwhile, she also appeared in the short-lived ABC Family's adventure TV series starring Paul Wesley, "Fallen" (2007).
Recently, Malthe co-starred with Brendan Fehr in writer/dircetor A.D. Calvo's fantasy drama feature "The Other Side of the Tracks" (2008). She is now working on her upcoming films projects, "Manslaughter," a thriller written and directed by Conrad Jackson, and "Alone in the Dark II," a straight-to-video released action/horror in which she will co-star with Rick Yune, Rachel Specter, and Lance Henriksen.
“When I was a kid in Norway, I was very fat, I was chubby up until I was 19 -- really chubby. I had a double chin. I had to diet, but I did the opposite and stuffed my face with lefse and beautiful Norwegian chocolates. I was enormous.” Natassia Malthe.
Malthe, who had a brief stint as a commercial and print ad model in the Philippines and has done ads for Giordano, Pantene, Axe and Johnson's pH 5.5 (both print ads and TV ads), recently featured as the "star" of a 2008 TV commercial campaign for "Scarlet," a line of flat-panel televisions from Korean electronics manufacturer LG. The spots were directed by David Nutter in the style of promos for a new (nonexistent) TV series entitled "Scarlet."
“I also want to get really healthy, and to study subjects I'm passionate about like mystical religions, creative writing, history, and literature.” Natassia Malthe (on her dreams besides modeling and acting).