Nazli Khodabandeh Lou is a young woman who has travelled a long road in her short life. Born amidist social and political strife in Iran, Nazli was raised in Austria, and then spent a decade in England before finally landing in Hollywood to pursue her dream with full force.
After growing up on the stage, performing in theater and dance performances throughout her childhood, it was playing the role of Annelle in the play Steel Magnolias that sparked Nazli to leave her 9 to 5 job in England and jump full-time into acting. She shot straight for the top, applying and being selected for the incredibly competitive American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, where she graduated with a degree.
With some new techniques and better exposure, Nazli showed the world that she was ready to take on bigger and better projects. Her next role was Khalia Amiri in the highly-anticipated feature film Parts of Disease, which tells the story of a group of college students who travel across the U.S. to visit sites that have been devastated by terrorist acts for a thesis project. The film also follows law enforcements efforts to investigate and punish the criminals responsible for those acts, and the challenges they face in determining who are the enemies. She also filmed a major role in The Wedding, a film written and directed by Humberto Benitez about a young man who receives a mysterious invitation to attend the wedding of a long-time friend, which leads him to reunite with his estranged sister, played by Nazli, and an investigation into the cold case of their father’s murder.
Nazli has also shown her comedic abilities, appearing as Vera in the female version of Neil Simon’s classic Odd Couple. She also plays Delia, the resident matron and voice of reason in PJ Berry’s comedy about the infidelities and inappropriate relationship between 3 young couples in Ian Ogilvy’s production of Bedroom Farce.
And as if dramatic and comedic acting weren’t enough, Nazli has also made a splash as the host of Reporter USA, a Persian TV show featuring entertainment news and current events in association with GEM TV. Her ability to speak Farsi also paid off with a featured voiceover role in Ben Affleck’s blockbuster Argo, which is currently in theaters, and a shoe-in to be an Oscar favorite.
But the best is yet to come – as Nazli is slated to take on the title role in the feature length version of Tara Atashgah’s groundbreaking film Atafehs. Nazli will portray the role of martyr Atafeh Sahaaleh in the true story of about the teenage girl who was executed in Iran in 2004 for having an affair with a 51-year old married man. The film’s mission is to raise awareness and put an end to the unjust execution of minors worldwide. She is also set to star in Atashgah’s upcoming films Heart of Jenin and Nujood, 10, and Divorced.
It’s clear that Nazli has earned her place at the table in Hollywood and we look forward to seeing a lot more from this exciting starlet.