The Courier-Mail

NATASHA KICKS OFF FILM CA­REER WITH LEAD ROLE

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NATASHA Liu Bordizzo is about to be the next Aussie to hit the big time thanks to tick­ing all the right boxes for cast­ing agents on the com­ing Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Dragon se­quel.

The 21-year-old (be­low) was in her first year of a dou­ble de­gree in media law at Syd­ney’s UTS when she landed her first act­ing gig along­side Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr and Jason Scott Lee.

Now, she’s put stud­ies on hold and is set to make her mark in a big way when Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Dragon: The Green Leg­end is re­leased next year.

“The rea­son I got it was just the for­mula of things that not ev­ery­one has – a mar­tial arts abil­ity, flu­ent English and be­ing the right age and look,” said Bordizzo, who has a black belt in tae kwon do.

“I feel like I pretty much won the lottery when I got the movie. Act­ing had al­ways been at the back of my mind but I never re­ally thought I could do it. It was my first au­di­tion ever and I got a lead in a movie. It is in­sane.”

Play­ing one of the lead roles of Snow Vase in the Yuen Woo-Ping- di­rected film re­quired Bordizzo to also learn Wu­dang sword fight­ing.

“I had ab­so­lutely no act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and they liked that be­cause they could mould me to how they like the char­ac­ter,” she said. “I did it all back­wards. I did the film and I didn’t even have head­shots.”

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