By Caroline Tell | September 30, 2016 | People
Amagansett’s Kate Nauta has transitioned her career from model to actress, and now, to rock ’n’ roller.
Kate Nauta’s music career was launched after a chance run-in with Lenny Kravitz. “I took a leap of faith,” she says.
Who: Kate Nauta, 34.
How you know her: She’s modeled on runways from London to New York and even fronted a band, aptly titled The Skinny. But it was her star turn in Luke Besson’s 2005 film, Transporter 2, that set the industry abuzz. “I didn’t know what I was doing,” says Nauta of her role as Lola in the martial arts-heavy flick. “It was such a challenging role physically, and was one of the biggest learning experiences of my life.”
Her musical destiny: A chance run-in with Lenny Kravitz set the stage for Nauta’s budding music career. “He kept coming in and out of my life, and I felt like it was this sign,” says Nauta. “I was acting at the time and made the difficult decision to focus on music. I took a leap of faith.” The pair recorded together over the next four years, and Kravitz was instrumental in helping produce her first solo album, out next year.
Her signature sound: Nauta describes her music as a mix of soulful, classic, and old school with some country roots. “I love that every day I wake up and do something involved in music,” she says. “Whether it’s playing on the keyboard or going into the studio and collaborating. I’m really excited by that.”
Hamptons haunts: Nauta married creative director Robert McKinley, the visionary behind The Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s, at the Montauk Lighthouse in 2014. The pair entertain at home in Amagansett or venture out for dinners at Duryea’s, La Fondita, or Surf Lodge, where Nauta recently performed.
photography by Zev Starr-tambor