Natasha Negovanlis (born April 3, 1990) is a Canadian actress, singer, writer, and the host of KindaTV (formerly known as VervegirlTV) of Macedonian, Greek, Métis, and Irish heritage. She is best known for playing the title role in the web series Carmilla (2014–2016), as well as the feature film based on the series. [6]

Career

Before acting professionally, Negovanlis studied at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Toronto, and majored in voice performance at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She was cast in her first professional musical in 2011.

In 2014, Negovanlis was cast as the title role in the Canadian web series Carmilla . In the series, which is based on the 1871 gothic novella of the same name, Negovanlis portrays the vampire Carmilla, who appears after her roommate's previous roommate vanishes. The series premiered on Vervegirl (rebranded as 'KindaTV' as of February 2016) channel on August 19, 2014 and has achieved worldwide recognition and praise for its near all-female cast and representation of various LGBT characters. [7]

Since Carmilla , Negovanlis has accumulated more than 250,000 combined followers on her Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram. In 2015, she ranked 5th on AfterEllen's Hot 100 List. [8] [9] In 2015, she alao co-starred with Elise Bauman in the feature film Almost Adults , which screened at several festivals in 2016 before streaming on Netflix. [10]

In 2017, Negovanlis won a Canadian Screen Award, voted on by fans, for her work on Carmilla. [11] Her acceptance speech, in which she discussed the importance of queer representation, attracted media attention from various publications, including Buzzfeed and the Toronto Star . [12] [13]

Also in 2017, along with her Carmilla co-star Annie M. Briggs, Negovanlis launched her own web series called Clairevoyant ; the series was successfully funded through the Independent Production Fund and an Indiegogo campaign. [14] It is slated for a 2018 release on KindaTV.

Personal life

She identifies as pansexual. [6] [6] [6]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Way We Are Sophie Lead role; short film
Carmilla Carmilla Main role; web series
Canadian Star Herself Documentary
2015 March Family Letters Sallie Guest role; web series, 2 episodes
Almost Adults Cassie Main role; feature film
2016 Slasher Carmilla Guest role; 1 episode
Haunted or Hoax Ellia Main role; web series
2017 Carmilla The Movie Carmilla Main role; feature film based on the series
2017 Murdoch Mysteries Mildred Preston Guest role; 1 episode
2017 Darken Victoria Supporting role; feature film
2018 Freelancers Anonymous Gayle Main role; feature film

Awards

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Broadway World Awards [6] Best Performance by a Female in a Feature Role/Ensemble (Musical) Off-Broadway on stage Nominated
2015 Shorty Awards Favorite Actress Carmilla Nominated
2015 Streamy Awards Best Actress Nominated
2016 Canadian Screen Awards Top 3, Fan's Choice Nominated
2016 NYC Web Fest Best Ensemble Cast, along with Isabel Kanaan and Sydney Kondruss Haunted or Hoax Nominated
2017 Canadian Screen Awards Fan's Choice Carmilla Won
2017 Los Angeles Web Series Festival Best Ensemble Cast, along with Isabel Kanaan and Sydney Kondruss Haunted or Hoax Nominated