Norma Kuhling is a prolific American star, best known for her top-notch acting prowess. Throughout her career, Norma Kuhling has appeared in television series more than anything else she has done. The American actress has consistently received praise from all corners and from fans and critics alike for noteworthy portrayals for many of her roles on television and on the big screen.
The actress has not been in the industry for long but already she has proven not to be undone by the success of her contemporaries. Kuhling made her debut in 2009 and is already proving why she is here to stay with her appearance in a few popular television series like Chicago Med, where she played the character, Ava Bekker.
Norma Kuhling – Bio (Age)
The American actress’ story begins in one of the entertainment hubs of the USA – New York. Norma was born on December 4, 1991. Growing up she had close influences in the entertainment industry and this help kindle her desire to make a career out of her dreams.
She started attending auditions for her first acting role at a young age. Soon she was rewarded with her first gig. Kuhling appeared in Moonchildren at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. The script for the play was developed by playwright, Michael Weller. This was her way into the world of stage production as she subsequently got parts in several other plays.
Realizing she needed to sharpen her acting skills, Norma Kuhling enrolled at the iconic Double Edge Theatre. This was her first acting school where she gleaned the rudiments of acting. After her time here, she attended the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) from 2012 to 2014.
Her Television and Movie Credits
Before her time in London, Norma Kuhling had already appeared in her first movie. She had played the character Beth in 2009’s comedy-drama, The Joneses. The movie paved her path to more opportunities. After she was done with LAMDA, she joined the cast of the romantic drama Fallen in 2016. She played the supporting role as the character known as Rachel.
The film’s largely positive reception and commercial success earned Norma her next gig in the same year on Falling Water. She made a two-episode guest appearance on the series as Elise Martins.
The following year, she had her biggest role yet on NBC’s medical drama series, Chicago Med. She joined the cast in its second season playing the role of Dr. Ava Bekker, a trauma surgeon from South Africa. She joined the series in its second season in a recurring role and as a regular from its third season. This movie did a lot to build her prominence within the industry. In April 2019, her time on the series came to an end with NBC making an announcement that she would leave at the end of its fourth season.
She also made a guest appearance in 2018 on Chicago Med‘s sister television series, Chicago Fire as Ava Bekker. In 2019, Norma Kuhling made an appearance in a lead role as Jo Mitchel in Dan Sallitt’s independent drama film Fourteen.
Norma Kuhling’s Family
Norma Kuhling’s family were her earliest influences as well as her biggest supporters. Kuhling learned first hand from her parents what it meant to work in entertainment.
Her father Michael Kuhling is an art aficionado and makes a living as an art director. In 1992, he got the job to work as the assistant art director on the set of the movie Lorenzo’s Oil. Norma’s mother, Kristi Zea, is higher on the entertainment ladder than her father.
Kristi works as a producer, director, production and costume designer, writer and actress among other things. Some of the projects she has been involved in include Goodfellas (1990), As Good As It Gets (1997), The Departed (2006), The Joneses (2009), Tower Heights, The Intern (2015), Salamander (2017), New Amsterdam (2018), and Notes from the Field (2018). Norma’s mother was also part of the crew of Lorenzo’s Oil as production designer and was the producer of Norma’s debut movie, The Joneses.
Other Interesting Facts About The Actress
1. Norma is a Model
Norma Kuhling’s talents do not end only with acting; she also knows how to work a runway and pose for the camera. Over the course of her acting career, the model has also made time to model for some notable fashion brands and grace the cover of magazines and online publications. Some of them include The Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide Magazine, and International Business Times.
2. She Has an Ear for Music and a Talent for Dance
Norma has trained as a musician and a dancer since she was a young girl, thanks to her parents’ encouragement. Growing up, the actress cum model took singing classes and also learned to play the piano for classical music.
As for her dancing ability, she had a stint as a ballet dancer and was also conversant with the Dunham technique – a dance style developed by the famous African American choreographer, Katherine Dunham.
3. She Got Married in 2015
Norma Kuhling loves to play with her friends and family and her Instagram page is proof of just how carefree she is in this regard. This has often led some of her followers to assume her relationship status with many of her male friends.
However, Norma Kuhling is happily married to a Brit whom she referred to on her Instagram as “James Sherlock Bond” in November 2018. It is assumed that she met him in London while she was enrolled at LAMDA.