From Ballet to Hollywood: The Resilient Journey of Natalie Burn

Ukrainian-American Star Discusses Her Evolution from Dancer to Leading Lady in ‘Til Death Do Us Part’

For Natalie Burn, a journey from the disciplined world of ballet to the unpredictable landscape of Hollywood has been both a challenge and a testament to her resilience. As the lead of the genre-bending film ‘Til Death Do Us Part,’ produced in collaboration with ‘Final Destination’ creator Jeffrey Reddick, Burn brings a unique blend of horror, comedy, and action to the screen. Yet, her path to this moment was anything but straightforward.

Burn’s early years were shaped by her determination to overcome physical and artistic challenges. Starting ballet at the tender age of 4 to correct her posture, she faced rejection and ridicule, earning the nickname “ugly duckling” due to her initial lack of natural ballet capabilities. This harsh environment, surprisingly, prepared her well for the brutal world of Hollywood. “The competition is so brutal, and you’re constantly getting rejected,” she reflects. Yet, these experiences taught her the value of resilience, a quality that has defined her career.

Despite the obstacles, Burn’s dedication to ballet led her to prestigious institutions like the Bolshoi Academy in Russia and The Royal Ballet School in London. However, an injury prompted a pivot to acting, where she found a new avenue for her creative expression. Her acting journey took her from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and The Actors Studio, eventually leading her to Hollywood.

Burn’s acting career has seen her appear in notable films such as ‘Black Adam,’ ‘Expendables 3,’ ‘The Enforcer,’ and ‘Mechanic: Resurrection.’ However, it’s her lead role in ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ that marks a significant milestone. The film, not affected by the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, is a testament to Burn’s versatility and ability to navigate the complexities of the film industry. Describing the movie, Burn highlights its mix of elements from various genres, aiming to provide an entertaining escape for audiences amidst the seriousness of the world.

Burn’s journey is also marked by her personal connection to Ukraine, her birthplace. The ongoing conflict in Ukraine brings a somber note to her story, as she reflects on the beauty of Kyiv and the resilience of her family members who remain there.

‘Til Death Do Us Part’ stands as a culmination of Burn’s diverse experiences, from a determined young ballerina to a dynamic actress and producer in Hollywood. Her story is a reminder of the power of perseverance, the importance of embracing one’s roots, and the endless possibilities that come from chasing one’s dreams, no matter how daunting the path may seem.

Mason Cooper
Mason Cooper
Mason Cooper hails from the vibrant city of Los Angeles, California, and serves as an integral part of LA Featured Magazine's dedicated staff. As a committed team member, Mason's contribution has had a significant impact on the magazine's growth and popularity over the years.


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