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Model Natalie Reid Fights For Her Own Identity - page 4

By Jeff Ferrantino on July 31, 2006

Natalie Reid, pictures, picture, photos, photos, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, young, model, Paris Hilton, look-alike, impersonator, Playboy, freeonesHer appearance in Playboy titled, "One Night as Paris," has reportedly caused an uproar with Hilton's camp, but Reid believes those are simply more false rumors.

"I really don't believe that's true," she says. "I'm promoting her name, so I don't really believe that at all. It's good press for her, regardless."

Reid has met the "real Paris" on a couple of occasions, most recently at the Midsummer Night's Dream bash at the Playboy mansion.

"That was cool," Reid says. "The thing about Paris is I think she's really sweet and I think she's an amazing icon of our time. She's the new sex symbol, which is why I believe that I receive so much media attention of my own."

Unlike how it's been portrayed in the media, Reid states that Hilton has been more than cordial.

"She's been very supportive," Reid says. "She knows what I do and she thinks it's really cool. I think she believes it's really cute and she knows it's all in good fun.

"This is important to me, because I don't want to feel guilty or weird about this whole thing — like her fame has done something for me. I only have positive things to say about her, of course."

Reid goes on to point to her recent appearance on the season finale of "The Simple Life" as further proof of Hilton's support. "They came running and looking for me," she says.

With so many accomplishments behind her in what has been a whirlwind of a ride for the past six months, Reid says that she is hoping to eventually break away and focus again on her acting career.

"It's not all good news doing this look-alike work," says Reid, who has been taking acting lessons for the past year. "In a way, it's hindered me, but in a great way it's helped me too. It's hindered me in a way that it's hard for me to have my own identity. I hope that I can eventually grow out of it and move on to different things, and people can view me as an actress, which is what I view myself as — an actress taking on a role."

With many rooting against her, Reid says that her goal is to convince the public to take her seriously. She receives her fair share of hate mail, but says that she simply uses that as motivation.

"That's what pushes me even more," Reid confesses. "It gives me more drive to want to prove them wrong. I consider myself a girl that came from a small town and I came to New York and L.A. for the same reasons as everybody else. I really want to gain respect, which I know comes from hard work.

"I came here with a dream and hope. I'm just the same as everybody else."