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.
After 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.
Many 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.
Here's a sneak peek into a bit of history about Natalia's life as a born-and-raised Nashville actress.
She Went To Art School In Nashville
Natalia 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.
She Starred In Her First Acting Gig With Hometown Twin, Miley
Dyer'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.
Her Humble Southern Roots Didn't Stop Her From Making It Big
Obviously 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.
She Was Introduced To Acting Because Of A Sprained Knee
According 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.
Her First Shining Moments Were In Nashville Community Theatre Before The Big Screen
When 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.
Her Career Officially Kicked Off After Her Role In To Kill A Mocking Bird at TPAC
Natalia launched her acting career in 2004 when she played Scout in a production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.