Natassia Malthe is a regular in the films of Uwe Boll. The Norwegian stunner has appeared in BloodRayne: Deliverance, Alone in the Dark II, and In the Name of the King 2. Her most recent Uwe flick is BloodRayne: The Third Reich, in which she plays the eponymous character, a human/vampire hybrid who fights evil. The third in the BloodRayne series is now out on DVD, so we sat down with Natassia. She told us about working with the notorious director, growing up naked in Norway, and that hot girl-on-girl scene.
You keep coming back to work with Uwe Boll. What makes it a good working relationship?
I looked it up in an astrology book - it said we would have a really successful working relationship. And it's true! But also, we are both from the same city, we are both dog lovers. Vancouver is a small city and Uwe likes to work with his actors over and over again. We are all extremely happy about that. There are some actors who I see on the street who are like, "Tell Uwe he hasn't hired me in like two years! What the fuck?"
You have a dance background, which comes through on-screen. Do you do a lot of your own stunts?
I do. It's fun for me. I would do all my own stunts if I was allowed to, but I'm not because of insurance. I'm a daredevil. I'm not afraid of much. The more complicated a stunt, the more I want to do it. There was a time when I thought I wanted to just be a stunt girl. Then I thought about my face, and thought, "Do I really want to bash my face up?" I decided I was too vain for that.
How about the training? Did you train a lot for BloodRayne?
Yeah, I trained with Kimmy, my stunt double. We are really good friends and I really trust her. I basically copy her. When you are a dancer, your whole career is based on copying poses and whatever your teacher is showing you. When a dancer listens to a stunt coordinator or fight choreographer, your muscles and brain are already wired to get that image back to them. That is what dance is. It's pretty easy for me. Uwe says I got better between BloodRayne 2 and BloodRayne 3. In BloodRayne 2 my boots were so heavy I couldn't kick. My action is better in this movie because of the costumes.
Your girl-on-girl scene was hot and gratuitous. Were you nervous?
Yeah... Uwe and I were, like, fighting about that scene: "You gotta do it - you agreed to do it." But when we got to the scene the lights were too bright - I imagined it dark and shadowy, you know, so you couldn't really see anything. Then I was really picky about the girls. "Her teeth are too yellow. Her boobs are not real. I don't find that one attractive." I told Uwe that if he was going to make me do that scene, I got to choose the girl. I went through a lot of "turmoil" with that scene. And Uwe would never say cut! At one point I finally just yelled out, "When the fuck are you gonna say cut?!" I was really put on the spot, but I got through it, and it wasn't as naked on the screen as I thought it would be. I was pretty freaked out because I never really do nude scenes.
Was this your first?
I think I did some topless scenes early in my career, but it was for television - you wear pasties! But I grew up on the beach, naked, in Norway. In the summer, we all strip - no one cares. You go home and the mom's naked, the dad's naked, you eat breakfast together naked. Nobody cares.