Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) had humble beginnings at the start of Stranger Things, but she packs a lot of punch. Some would compare her role as Mike's big sis (and Jonathan's lover) to her real life in Nashville where she grew up. She started small but made it big and here's everything you need to know about Natalia Dyer's Tennessee life before Stranger Things.\nAfter Nancy's complicated relationship with Steve, came a blossoming love between she and Jonathan (that turned into a real-life romance). Then came lots of bravery in the involvement to help protect the community from all the weird things happening.\nMany would agree that she's hard not to love. The fact that she's a little southern belle who sprouted from her roots onto the big screen (you can too because Stranger Things is currently casting in Atlanta) is much of an inspiration to fans.\nHere's a sneak peek into a bit of history about Natalia's life as a born-and-raised Nashville actress.\nShe Went To Art School In Nashville\nNatalia grew up in Music City and attended the Nashville School of Arts. After graduating, she packed her bags to further her education with courses at NYU in 2014.\nView this post on Instagram fries but make it fashion 🍟@sandroparis #SandroLovesSoho #SandroLovesNYC #SandroPartner ❣️ A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial) on Nov 5, 2019 at 5:41pm PST\nShe Starred In Her First Acting Gig With Hometown Twin, Miley\nDyer's "big break" can be credited to her first screen role in Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009. She played Clarissa Granger alongside another Nashville-raised star, Miley Cyrus.\nView this post on Instagram thanks @katespadeny for the nashville vibes #katespade25 #ad A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial) on Feb 9, 2018 at 9:35am PST\nHer Humble Southern Roots Didn't Stop Her From Making It Big\nObviously her most well-known role is Nancy from Stranger Things, but she started small (just like she did in Nashville). Before playing Mike Wheeler's big sis, she landed small parts in Don't Let Me Go, I Believe in Unicorns, The City at Night and more.\nView this post on Instagram Follow @strangerthingsoffisial A post shared by Natalia Dyer (@nataliadyeractress) on Feb 14, 2020 at 2:01am PST\nShe Was Introduced To Acting Because Of A Sprained Knee\nAccording to an interview with the Tennessean, Natalia's parents sent her to sports camp, where she broke her ankle on the first day. They re-routed her to drama camp, which she ended up loving.\nView this post on Instagram red carpet ready for the Emmys w the new concrete glitters collections from @essie ✨ #essielove #essiepartner A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial) on Sep 17, 2018 at 5:59pm PDT\nHer First Shining Moments Were In Nashville Community Theatre Before The Big Screen\nWhen she was in high school at Nashville School of Arts, she put her acting skills to the test at local theatre groups in town, including Nashville Community Theatre.\nView this post on Instagram 🦋🦋🦋 @relaxitsonlyfashion A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial) on Dec 6, 2017 at 6:48pm PST\nHer Career Officially Kicked Off After Her Role In To Kill A Mocking Bird at TPAC\nNatalia launched her acting career in 2004 when she played Scout in a production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.