Natalie Paul made headlines when she joined season 2 of the USA Network’s critically acclaimed and Golden Globe-nominated The Sinner. The show is a fan fave and Natalie is a force in her own right. She earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for her role opposite Lakeith Stanfield in 2017’s Crown Heights.
Natalie is also known for her work on HBO’s The Deuce as reporter Sandra Washington, Boardwalk Empire and Show Me a Hero along with Netflix’s Luke Cage, and Starz’s Power.
We caught up with the rising star to learn more about her journey and her secret to healthy hair!
HH: Can you share a little bit about how you got your start in the industry?
Eventually, I booked a few episodes on Boardwalk Empire, I played Juliet in Romeo & Juliet with the Classical Theater of Harlem and then Show Me A Hero, where I got to play a leading role. That was an incredible experience, to work alongside Oscar-nominated actors and Paul Haggis, who directed Million Dollar Baby and Crash.
HH: And now you’re on critically acclaimed The Sinner. How was that experience?
NP: This season, The Sinner centers on an entirely new case with a whole new batch of characters. A young couple is murdered by their son in a hotel. The Sinner is more of a whydunit and not a whodunit, and that idea is still present with the new season. Along with the case, we delve deeper into the characters and what motivates them.
HH: And your
NP: I play local rookie detective Heather Novack, and I call in Detective Ambrose (from last season) to help me with the case..Heather carries a lot of responsibility—she’s the one that has it together in her community; she’s trying to do the right thing, and she’s trying to be a good police officer. I really like that about her, and I relate to that too. But, what I love about her is that underneath the uniform, she carries a lot of depth—a complexity and a softness that she can’t show at work.