Natasha Williams: A Bright Star

Written by Amy Garner

Natasha Williams is bigger than life—her presence brightens up the entire room.

She was in town briefly recently, and we got together to chat and take a few pictures. We met up at the ARRAY office at Revolutionary Coworking, and she quickly morphed from your standard running-errands-attire of sneakers, khakis and T-shirt into this amazing figure-gripping black-and-white symmetrical dress, killer heels and perfect lipstick. Perfect, ya hear me? Her personality revealed itself in the confident strength of her posture and the lift of her chin. Before she even said a word, I knew she was poised and articulate. She wore it in her face and her walk.

Now a New York-based actor, Natasha is a Fayetteville girl, born and raised. She is known for her work on “A Log Story,” “The Big Shot-Caller,” “30 Rock,” “My Parents Are Crazier than Yours,” “The Delivery Man” with Vince Vaughn and “Orange is the New Black.” A1989 Cape Fear High School graduate, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

University North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

Natasha got her first big break in a national tour of the Broadway musical “Once on This Island.” That role led to a part in a European revue tour called “The Sound of Motown.” She has also appeared in commercials for Publix Super Markets, Bojangles’, Popeyes and H&R Block, among others. Her biggest spot yet was a national American Express commercial for Blue Cash titled “Salad Bargaining” in which she is featured as a flight attendant serving Tina Fey.

Natasha maintains ties to Fayetteville and is a member of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber, The Arts Council of Fayetteville, and Group Theory, Inc., a community-based organization where she recently participated in a school backpack giveaway program that is held annually. “That project means a lot to me. I feel like we are really helping to line local students up for success,” she says. “And that is very important in this community and in others all over the country. We need to share our resources and make sure our young people have all the tools necessary to go as far as they possibly can.”

Natasha appeared at FSU’s Fine Arts Week in April and presented her signature workshop “What’s Next and How Can We Help.” Sponsored by FSU’s theatre program, Natasha stressed career pathways in theatre, TV, film and commercials. “I approached this visit to FSU and to Fayetteville in a very personal way. Fayetteville is my home and I feel very bonded with the people who live here,” she says. “I wanted to make sure that my message gave FSU students a very clear message about working in the industry and building a career.”

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