Natalie Padilla grew up in San Diego, California where she started gymnastics at the age of four. Natalie continued gymnastics through her high school years and earned a scholarship to the University of Iowa in 2004. In 2006, she transferred to UCLA, one of the top gymnastics teams in the country. During the 2006-2008 season, UCLA was ranked in the top 3 and also won the 2007 Pac 10 Championship. Natalie graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2009. Since graduation Natalie has been pursing a career in stunts.