Meet Natalie Pendie, Lena on Black Enough
Natalie Pendie is an actress from Alexandria, Virginia. She plays Lena on Black Enough.
How did you get interested in performing?
I’ve been performing since I was 5 years old. It has always been a passion of mine as well as something I want to do in the future. Acting has always been not only a creative outlet for me, but also something so extraordinarily magical as it has allowed me to share so many beautiful stories with so many beautiful people. Taking words on paper or ideas from one’s mind and bringing them to life on a stage or in film is a true gift and I am lucky for everyday that I can continue to do so.
How did you find out get involved in Black Enough?
BE had a video submission casting call and having worked with the fabulous Micah Watson in the past, I knew that this was a project I wanted to be apart of. After wrapping Season 1, I know I made the right choice!
What excites you about Black Enough?
Literally everything! My fellow cast and crew have a special place in my heart and I’m looking forward to working with them again in the future. The vision behind it all was so solid and everyone on our team is so talented so I’m ecstatic for it all to “come to the light, come to the light…everything.” You all aren’t ready, but fortunately, you still have some time to prepare yourselves.
How does the world of Black Enough compare to your own experience as a Black girl at a PWI?
I have attended schools that were predominantly white my entire life, so coming to UVA wasn’t much different. The only thing that was new to me was having a support system of not only fellow black students, but also fellow African students. Sometimes people forget that not all Black students share the same experiences and being able to get to know and form friendships with other individuals who have shared similar experiences or have had a similar upbringing to mine has been invaluable. I have always felt it necessary to please others and it wasn’t until I started college and met some of the individuals that I have that I learned that it has to be less about what they want from me and more about what I want for and from myself. This arc is one that occurs multiple times within the series as well.
What has been your favorite part of working on Black Enough?
My favorite part of this experience was getting to know and love all of the fellow creators around me. I was blessed with the opportunity to learn from so many talented people with so many different aspirations and life paths and it has helped me refocus on my own path and opened a door for me that I did not necessarily see before. My Black Enough family has taught me about themselves, about myself, and about aspects of the craft I never even knew existed and for that I am truly grateful.
What do you hope our audiences feel after watching Black Enough?
Above all else, I hope they feel like they are not alone. I hope that every viewer can connect with at least some experience that one of our characters is going through and that they are able to find comfort in knowing that there is a resolution. I hope that they feel the magic, awe, beauty, happiness, and joy, but also that they can empathize with the pain, confusion, disconsolateness, and crestfallenness that is the ‘Black Enough Experience’
What does #BlackGirlMagic mean to you?
Electricity. Black Girl Magic is the adrenaline coursing through our veins that allows us to run faster, jump higher, laugh louder, smile brighter, work smarter, and play harder. It is the reason we love deeply, fly freely, sing sweetly and dance effortlessly. It is a power source that doesn’t burn out. PERIOD.
What's one fun fact about you?
Ahhh the infamous icebreaker question…I’d have to say that it’s between the fact that I know how to fly a plane and that I took the SAT for the first time at 12 years old and did pretty well! Stay tuned for what I tackle next!