‘Want to Win an Oscar’: Natalia Bryant Reveals How Her Father Kobe Bryant Motivated Her to Be a Filmmaker

Published 09/03/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
FILE – This Feb. 26, 2018 file photo shows Vanessa Bryant, from left, Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)


While Kobe Bryant left a legacy of his own, his daughter Natalia Bryant is following her dad’s footsteps to success, but only in her own unique way. Just a few weeks after she turned 18, Natalia was all over the news for signing with a modeling agency and all set to step into the glitz and glamor. Although she always had an inclination towards fashion, some of her dreams are in line with that of her dad. In fact, he was the motivating factor in her life.

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Natalia Bryant gives Kobe Bryant credit for her filmmaking career

In her most recent interview on IMG models’ YouTube page, she opened up about how she always wanted to be a filmmaker. And this had a lot to do with her father, Kobe. He is the one who inspired her to enter this industry. In fact, she wants to be another member of the Bryant family to win an Academy Award, just like Kobe did.

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Natalia shared her childhood memories that led to this career choice. She described, “My dad and I would always watch as many movies as we can and we’d go on movie marathons. And then we’d always analyze as many movies as we can and we’d talk about it for months. Anywhere we’d go, we’d just keep talking about different films. And how it, like, reminds us of where we are.”

She dove into how both of them bonded over finding a link that connected the real world and films. “It’s just things like that. It just really inspired me and I was like, ‘I want to do this forever.'”

When Natalia was asked where she sees herself in 10 years, she said, “I want to win an Oscar. I’m not sure for what, or for what Oscar category, but that’s on my list.”

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Looking back at ‘Dear Basketball’

Wonder where Natalia got the inspiration for winning an Oscar… Her dad, of course! Just as he was on the court, Kobe showed plenty of interest in his endeavors off the court. One of them being his ‘Dear Basketball’ project in 2016, which was his goodbye note to the game when he retired.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 07: NBA Commissioner David Stern presents Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers the MVP Trophy before the start of Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Kobe Bryant;David Stern

It was a short animated film that won an Oscar and made the Lakers legend a big part of Hollywood. Looks like Natalia shares the same vision as her dad. Why aren’t we surprised? Imagine the kind of inspiration Kobe’s fans draw from him. Why wouldn’t his daughter as well?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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