Natasha Alam plays Eric’s new love interest “Yvetta,” a leggy, erotic dancer at the Fangtasia bar in True Blood’s Season 3 and both he and Pam seem to be smitten with her. In Episode 3 of the new season, we see Pam and she having a good time with her. I suppose that Eric is willing to share.
In addition to her new role in True Blood, she is also a “Playboy” magazine cover girl and a princess.
In 1998, she married the grandson of the former Shah of Iran, Amir Ebrahim Pahlavi Alam, in New York and they moved to London soon after. Those nuptials granted her the title of princess. They later lived in Los Angeles so Natasha could pursue her acting career. However, the couple finalized their divorce in 2005. Then, they went their separate ways: Amir returned to London, while Natasha went Hollywood.
“I kind of forget that fact,” Natasha, 27, says of being a princess. “But in situations like this (speaking to the media), I get refreshed about it.
“In London, being a princess was a big deal – because of the whole royal family and everything. You get reminded of that in London. I loved that feeling and experience.
“But I felt lonely and unfulfilled. I felt there was more to life.”
So the Russian beauty from Uzbekistan, with the striking light blue/gray eyes, decided to chase her lifelong dream of acting. Her towering height (5’10”) means if Natasha wears four-inch heels (just check “Maxim” magazine), she suddenly leaps to 6’2″. “I guess I should consider myself an Amazon babe,” she says.
So watch out Tom Cruise. And watch out for her new, Americanized accent in the process.
Now, the accent sounds more midwestern than Russian dialect from her native Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which is formerly part of the Soviet Union. “I work with my tapes and my voice coach (Bob Corff),” says Natasha, whose birth name is Natalia Shimanchuk.
It’s obviously working for her as an up-and-coming thespian navigating what can be an unforgiving Hollywood web.
Except, Natasha’s new role in life almost evaded her.
Natasha’s grandmother fed her beer during her days as a toddler in the home country. She feared her granddaughter was too skinny and needed to gain weight – unbeknownst to Natasha’s mother.
Because of Nazi Germany, her grandmother knew the feeling of hunger. “She survived the German invasion during World War II,” Natasha says. (An estimated 20 million Russians were killed by the German Wehrmacht or “war machine”).
But once Natasha’s mother found out about the “secret diet,” she put an end to the beer routine.
Later, when she turned 17, Natasha’s mother enrolled her in the University of Technology for Aviation.
Natasha has evolved from a potential airplane repairwoman to “Playboy” centerfold – and eight pages worth, including 100 percent nude pictorials.
“I found the Technology school boring,” Natasha says. “I think I would have been much happier if I was studying quantum physics or astronomy or something like that.”
So, Natasha said goodbye to potentially wearing blue coveralls, then headed to the big city: Moscow.
That’s where she found a new start, in a new field as a model.
She performed on the runway while traveling to the perfunctory sites: Rome, London, Milan and New York.
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