Who Is The Actor Who Plays Natalie In Burlesque?

The film Burlesque is known for its all-star cast, including Cher and Christina Aguilera, and a stellar soundtrack. In fact, Aguilera wrote three songs for the film: Express, Bound to You, and the finale song Burlesque (per Collider).

However, despite the cast and the musical elements, Aguilera was reluctant to take the role of Ali because she wanted there to be more to her character, which she shared in an interview with Collider in November 2010.

"They had to rewrite the character because I was just like, 'This girl doesn't have a lot of drive. She doesn't have enough meat. I think you should give it to someone else.'" Aguilera said. "I had an initial meeting with Amy Pascal and Clint Culpepper, and I said, 'I just don't think she's for me. I want someone with more bite and more passion for what she wants in life.' And so, they rewrote it."

The film follows Ali — played by Aguilera — a small-town girl who finds her big break performing at a Burlesque Lounge. When Ali isn't wowing crowds with her vocals, she's growing close to the bartender, Jack, played by Cam Gigandet. Their closeness thickens Ali's storyline as their characters begin to fall for each other. Even though Jack is engaged this doesn't stop them from sleeping together. Cut to the morning after when Jack's fiancee, Natalie, finds them in bed together. Although Natalie is a small non-singing role, the actor who played her is known for her vocals.

Dianna Agron didn't even get to show off her voice in Burlesque

While the character Natalie in Burlesque is only in one scene that's filled with spitfire dialogue, viewers may not realize that the heartbroken fiancee in the film is actually played by Dianna Agron, who's an experienced singer as well.

Many of the songs featured in Burlesque were actually covers, such as Mae West's A Guy What Takes His Time, and Etta James' Something's Got a Hold on Me. Burlesque came out right as the world got to know Agron in her breakout role as the mean head cheerleader Quinn Fabray in the hit television show Glee. By the time Burlesque landed, she proved she could carry her own on coves like I Say a Little Prayer and Papa Don't Preach, so it's funny she didn't have a chance to show off those skills in the film.

Along with Burlesque, the Glee star also took on projects relating to music but didn't feature her singing. In 2014, she made an appearance in Sam Smith's music video, I Know I'm Not the Only One.

Since Burlesque and the end of Glee in 2015, Agron has appeared in films such as The Crash and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Although Agron has appeared to shift from singing, we hope to hear her voice again soon.