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Natalie Zea adds some dirty, sexy money to Hung

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 19th 2009 5:07PM
Natalie ZeaSo I've been watching Hung (because I'm flattered that they'd base a show like that around me). It's proven to be a much more entertaining take on the premise than I expected. Thomas Jane and Jane Adams are simply perfect in their respective roles as the reluctant gigolo and his high-strung pimp. I was digging Anne Heche as his wife, and even getting his bizarre kids.

I didn't even know the show needed anything more, until Ray booked his most demanding and bizarre client yet and Natalie Zea (Dirty Sexy Money) sashayed into the room. Wow, did Hung need her. And I don't mean because she's gorgeous, though that certainly helps. What a new dynamic she's brought to everything.

Dirty Sexy Money was one of those guilty pleasures for me. I like the work of Donald Sutherland and Blair Underwood, and found myself enjoying the wacky saga of the Darling family. But Karen Darling (Zea) was kind of one-dimensional. In the beginning, she found herself in her underwear in virtually every episode, so I was able to forgive her.

Later, she became a much more interesting character, and Zea proved she had the chops to play a beautiful and complex character. Or so I thought.

Karen Darling is a paper doll compared to Jemma. It's so wonderful, that Ray has fallen completely head-over-heels in love "crush" with her. The Hung writers have really thought this through. Ray's no professional. He can't separate the job from the sex as well as he's supposed to, so of course if you give him a mysterious, vulnerable, sexy regular client he's going to develop feelings for her.

Jemma's so bizarre and mysterious, she hires Ray for these elaborate role-playing schemes and then walks out on him if he doesn't perform to her standards. But she still pays him. How does Jemma have all this money? Why, in the latest episode, did she even agree to go on a regular date with him if her intention was to stand him up. Is she teaching him something?

I expect Ray will come out of his non-relationship with Jemma a little more able to make that distinction he needs to as a male hooker. So it will be good for him. But that also means Zea will likely leave the show soon. Which isn't good for me. I'll still watch, but I'll miss her. A little mystery is good for the soul. And the show.

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Just caught up on taped episodes of HUNG: this was an intriguing storyline! I agree, just what the show needed...the little "twist" in the Jemma storyline was perfect!

September 01 2009 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ahh I knew she looked familiar but I couldn't place the actress until now - it's Karen Darling! Yeh I was too lazy to go look up who the actress was. But she's definitely great on Hung, which is getting better and better with each episode. I never liked Thomas Jane very much but he's just perfect in this role.

August 20 2009 at 2:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Those of us whose elephantine memory reaches back four and a half years also remember Natalie Zea as Trish in "Eyes" on ABC.

August 20 2009 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm pretty sure Jemma is married. Poor Ray.

August 19 2009 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hung sucked until Natalie Zea's storyline came along. It really needed a beautiful woman to turn the heat up on the show. Hey I'm a guy! What can I say. I like gorgeous women and Natalie Zea is definitely a hottie.

But seriously, the entire storyline of this character has been really creative. I'm not sure where it's going or even if the relationship has been played out now. Guess we'll have to wait until Sunday at 10 PM.

August 19 2009 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gary klein

Agree 100%. Great character, and she is hot. She looks much sexier with the shorter hair style that she is wearing now. Let's hope she stays on all season, and has many more nude scenes.

August 19 2009 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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