sassy yet SHY

Play­ing strong fe­male char­ac­ters has helped Natasha Roth­well

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Natasha Roth­well claims she is shy in real life, but her scene-steal­ing sup­port­ing roles in HBO’s hit show In­se­cure and the film Love, Si­mon have proved oth­er­wise. Roth­well’s out­spo­ken TV char­ac­ter, Kelli, shines with witty one-lin­ers and brash be­hav­iour, some­times even more than In­se­cure se­ries’ star Issa Rae.

One of her most epic mo­ments came dur­ing an episode when Kelli uri­nates on her­self af­ter po­lice used a stun gun on her af­ter get­ting kicked out of Coachella be­cause of a fight.

In Love, Si­mon, Roth­well’s screen time was lim­ited in the ro­man­tic teen com­edy, but she made her pres­ence felt as a pas­sion­ate teacher with strong opin­ions.

Roth­well says both roles have helped her be­come more con­fi­dent in her skin as a woman.

“I get to put on some­one who is truly un­apolo­getic in ev­ery as­pect of life,” says Roth­well, a for­mer drama teacher in New York who used to write for Satur­day Night Live. She is also a co­pro­ducer on In­se­cure.

“As a black woman, I feel like much of my young adult life I was try­ing to apol­o­gise for be­ing black or be­ing a woman,” she says. “Kelli is some­one who has never known that. Now, as a woman, I’m proud on both sides.”

Roth­well, 38, will have the op­por­tu­nity to grow even more. She will join the cast of the Gal Gado­tled Won­der Woman 1984, which will ar­rive in the­atres in sum­mer 2020. Roth­well also will ap­pear along­side Tif­fany Had­dish and Rose Byrne in the com­edy Lim­ited Part­ners, set for next year.

In the fu­ture, Roth­well wants to play a lead in a ro­man­tic com­edy and do an­i­ma­tion voiceover work.

“I’m not afraid to be a su­per­hero,” she says be­fore burst­ing into laugh­ter.

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Natasha Roth­well has been named one of eight Break­through En­ter­tain­ers of the Year by the As­so­ci­ated Press.

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