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A Woman You Should Meet: Nathalie Kelley

By: Bianca Teixeira|July 24, 2015

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Tell me about your character, Grace.

Grace was written as the show’s femme fatale. She’s not stupid. She knows what she’s doing and she plays the game well; she catches on to it really fast. She knows what she wants, and is determined to get it.

Is there anything you don’t like about her?

To be honest, nothing. I felt frustration for her character in the beginning, for not being able to show her full potential, which is something that can happen when women play the sexy card early on. Everything after that is a struggle to prove their intelligence. It sucks that a woman can’t be open about her sexuality and enjoy sex without being labelled. I definitely don’t think a couple of blow jobs makes a girl a slut.

Are you a fan of reality television?

Not at all.

Why is that?

I think it’s dumbing down our society and really degrading humans and I only did this show to be part of an expose of the darkness and the manipulation behind it. You can really have a look into the level of deception and callousness that’s going on in the minds of the people creating this content for us to watch. I detest this kind of programming and I feel that being a part of this show helps to expose it.

Why do you think reality shows are still so popular?

It’s easier to point a finger and laugh at people and the fucked up things they do than to really look at yourself and realize that you’re part of the manifestation of the phenomenon. These people become quote unquote famous for being on a reality show, and while we roll our eyes at it, we’re really a part of it. By the end of filming UnREAL, we really felt like we were living in [the reality-show] world. And it’s so twisted. The plot lines are getting even crazier, but everything is based on reality.

Did you have to watch episodes of The Bachelor in order to prepare?

I did. I went back and watched The Bachelor when Juan Pablo was on it. I get why people tune in. I’m not judging anyone for watching or participating in it. My judgment is for the people who make the show, not the people they’re manipulating. After filming UnREAL, I couldn’t bear to watch it again.

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