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      Natalie Morales

      Natalie Morales

      Highest Rated: 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 22% 6 Month Rule (2011)

      Birthday: Feb 15, 1985

      Birthplace: Kendall, Florida, USA

      With a magnetic screen presence and beguiling good looks, Natalie Morales could have easily been another ingénue to grace the pages of Maxim, or forever typecast as the sassy Latina. But beneath her toned veneer was a bubbling comedic energy and a self-effacing smirk that brought a spark to her performances. Best known for her all-too short role as Wendy Watson on the comic series "The Middleman" (ABC Family 2008), she continued to charm audiences and critics alike whether she was an FBI agent on "White Collar" (USA 2009-14), Aziz Ansari's formidable girlfriend on "Parks and Recreation" (NBC 2009-) or the spunky sidekick on the critically-acclaimed sitcom "Trophy Wife" (ABC 2013-14). Natalie Morales was born February 15, 1985 in the Miami suburb of Kendall, Florida. Raised in a Cuban family, she attended private school until 8th grade before applying to a magnet school to study law. But due to a serendipitous mix-up, she ended up attending public high school instead and enrolled in drama school freshman year since it was the only elective available. This seemingly trivial chain of events is what set her career path in motion. After graduating high school, she moved out to Los Angeles in 2005, with two of her closest friends from drama class. Morales developed her knack for physical comedy doing theater and sketch comedy before her big break happened when she met her manager the following year. Soon after, she burst onto the scene with her scene-stealing role as the female lead in the superhero dramedy "The Middleman" in 2008. While the sci-fi show didn't last beyond its initial 13-episode order, it lived on in the hearts of fans. After "The Middleman" fizzled out, Morales took on a guest-starring role on the snappy, comedic procedural series "White Collar" (USA 2009-14). Her take-no-prisoners character, special agent Lauren Cruz, was a hit with fans, and she was soon promoted to series regular. But when the second season rolled around, there was a case of musical chairs with casting and an actress who was returning to the series replaced her. Despite this minor setback, Morales quickly found work and returned to her comedic roots, joining the hit series "Parks and Recreation" for a brief arc as the new girlfriend of the recently-divorced Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) in 2010. That year brought continued success not only on the small screen but also marked Morales' big screen debut. She flexed her acting muscles by playing a ruthless Wall Street trader in Oliver Stone's sequel "Wall Street 2" (2010), as well as Drew Barrymore's best gal pal in the romantic comedy "Going the Distance" (2010). After wrapping the indie comedy "6 Month Rule" (2011) in New York, she returned to Los Angles and the world of television, taking a short but memorable guest spot on Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" (HBO 2012-14), where her character got Jeff Daniels' news anchor high before a broadcast. Leaving behind the highbrow world of Sorkin's banter-heavy series, Morales landed a recurring spot on the fifth season of teen-soap reboot "90210" (CW 2008-), followed shortly after by her supporting role on the dysfunctional family comedy "Trophy Wife." Despite its unfortunate title, the series starring Malin Ackerman as Bradley Whitford's reformed party-girl wife was a sleeper hit for the network, and allowed Morales free range to fit her character's wild spirit - even if that meant going topless on television. Despite initially shaky ratings, "Trophy Wife" was extended for a full season and Morales was announced as a guest star in season three of "Girls" (HBO 2012-17). After co-starring on the Rob Lowe legal comedy "The Grinder" (Fox 2015-16), Morales appeared in arcs on Drew Barrymore's horror comedy "Santa Clarita Diet" (Netflix 2017- ) and superhero comedy "Powerless" (NBC 2017) and guest starred on the comedy series "Grace and Frankie" (Netflix 2015- ), "Crashing" (HBO 2017- ) and "Imaginary Mary" (ABC 2017).

      Highest rated movies

      Language Lessons If You Were the Last Battle of the Sexes Self Reliance No Hard Feelings Happily I'm Totally Fine
      Going the Distance

      Photos

      Natalie Morales at arrivals for SANTA CLARITA DIET Premiere on NETFLIX, ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA February 1, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals 4, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 7, 2018. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for THE SPACE BETWEEN US Premiere, Arclight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA January 17, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for People''s Choice Awards 2016 - Arrivals 2, The Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live), Los Angeles, CA January 6, 2016. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Natalie Morales in attendance for Disney ABC Television TCA Winter Press Tour, Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, CA January 17, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for THIS IS US Finale Screening, Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theater, Los Angeles, CA March 14, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for SUSPIRIA Premiere, ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA October 24, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards, Neuehouse Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2016. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for HBO Emmy Awards After-Party, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for NETFLIX''S SANTA CLARITA DIET Season 2 Premiere, ArcLight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA March 22, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for 41st Annual Alliance For Women in Media Gracie Awards, Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, CA May 24, 2016. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for 2017 People's Ones To Watch Event - Part 2, Neuehouse Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA October 4, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for BATTLE OF THE SEXES Premiere, The Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles, CA September 16, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for CRASHING HBO Premiere, The Avalon, Los Angeles, CA February 15, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for STUBER Premiere, The Regal LA Live, Los Angeles, CA July 10, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for NBC Fall New York Press Junket, Four Seasons Hotel New York, New York, NY January 24, 2019. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for THE SPACE BETWEEN US Premiere, Arclight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA January 17, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for PEOPLE''s Ones to Watch Party, E.P. & L.P., Los Angeles, CA October 13, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for PEOPLE''s Ones to Watch Party, E.P. & L.P., Los Angeles, CA October 13, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Natalie Morales at arrivals for The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2017 - Arrivals, Microsoft Theater L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Dead Friend Zoe Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2024
      72% 62% Self Reliance Unknown (Character) - 2023
      86% 81% If You Were the Last Unknown (Character) - 2023
      70% 87% No Hard Feelings Unknown (Character) $50.2M 2023
      64% 86% I'm Totally Fine Jennifer (Character) - 2022
      96% 83% Language Lessons Cariño (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $73.3K 2021
      96% 81% Plan B Director - 2021
      69% 25% Happily Patricia (Character) - 2021
      45% 67% The Little Things Detective Jamie Estrada (Character) $14.7M 2021
      42% 79% Stuber Nicole (Character) $22.4M 2019
      97% 94% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Miss Calleros (Voice) $190.2M 2018
      84% 71% Battle of the Sexes Rosie Casals (Character) $12.6M 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ascent Emma (Character),
      Producer
      - 2017
      22% 38% 6 Month Rule Sophie (Character) $11.2K 2011
      54% 52% Going the Distance Brandy (Character) $17.8M 2010

      TV

      Credit
      98% 82% Solar Opposites Stacy K's friend (Guest Voice) 2023
      86% 66% Rugrats Betty DeVille (Voice) 2021-2023
      97% 85% Harley Quinn Unknown (Voice) 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 64% Mr. Mayor Susan Craw (Guest Star),
      Director
      2021-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rugrats Shorts Betty DeVille (Voice) 2021
      88% 55% Room 104 Unknown (Character),
      Director
      2018 2020
      88% 84% Dead to Me Michelle (Character) 2020
      71% 52% Abby's Abby (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 51% Busy Tonight Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2019
      92% 70% Making History Mona (Guest Star) 2017
      27% 54% Imaginary Mary Rebecca (Guest Star) 2017
      61% 72% Powerless Green Fury (Guest Star) 2017
      90% 87% Grace and Frankie Melissa (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 88% At Midnight With Chris Hardwick Guest 2015 2017
      93% 81% The Grinder Claire (Character) 2015-2016
      93% 90% Parks and Recreation Lucy (Guest Star) 2010-2011 2015
      89% 75% Girls Clementine Barrios (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      76% 76% Trophy Wife Meg (Character) 2013-2014
      No Score Yet 38% 90210 Ashley Howard (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2012-2013
      No Score Yet 91% The Newsroom Kaylee (Guest Star) 2012
      96% 92% White Collar Brigitte (Character) 2009-2010
      100% No Score Yet The Middleman Wendy Watson (Character) 2008
      No Score Yet 66% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2006