Marisol Nichols

Marisol Nichols


11/2/1973, Hinsdale, Illinois, USA

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Marisol Nichols


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Marisol Nichols is an American TV actress known for her tough female roles such as Detective Karen Bettancourt on Blind Justice and CTU agent Nadia Yassir on 24. Marisol, who has two younger brothers, was born on November 2, 1973, in Hinsdale, Illinois. As a teen, she displayed…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Marisol admits to being "a total geek". She doesn't drink and doesn't smoke. She loves to read and is very much into the science-fiction genre.

    • Marisol Nichols married director Taron Lexton on April 13, 2008 at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center in Los Angeles, California. Mediterranean food and a lemon and coconut cake creation by Rosebud were served during the reception.

    • If she could work on a show of her choosing, Marisol would have liked to be part of ended show The X-Files. Her second choice would be Grey's Anatomy.

    • In 2001, Marisol hosted Comedy Comadres at the Rivercenter Comedy Club in San Antonio, Texas and the Comedy Fiesta at the Fine Arts Theater.

    • Marisol, along with celebrities John Travolta, Juliette Lewis, and Tom Cruise, is a known member of the Church of Scientology. She has completed at least 30 courses/service completions since 1997.

    • Marisol appears in the music video of Michael Duff's "When You Run".

    • In 2008, Marisol was part of the critically-acclaimed short film Struck directed by Taron Lexton. The cast also includes Kelly Preston, Erika Christensen, Jason Dohring, and Jenna Elfman among others.

    • In January 2008, Marisol became an endorser of Bally Total Fitness' campaign.

    • She received an "introducing" credit for her movie The Princess & the Barrio Boy in the year 2000, although it was her eighth movie.

    • Nichols is of Mexican, Romanian, and Hungarian descent. She can speak conversational Italian.

    • Her favorite thing to do on the 24 set in between takes is to goof around and talk to the director and the photography director.

    • Before auditioning for the role of Nadia Yassir on 24, she had also auditioned for the character named Michelle Dessler and a short-lived character named Paula.

    • Her passion for music is so much that she believes that if she ever gets a heart attack it will be from playing her stereo too loud.

    • She is very big fan and admirer of the writer Dan Brown and reads every book published by him.

    • She is a Commissioner and spokesperson for CCHR. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, public benefit organization.

    • Marisol was quoted as the "Latina Princess" by Ritmo Beat magazine and as "The Bombshell" of 2007 by Vibe Magazine, as part of their Hot 100.

    • She was on the cover page of Estylo (USA) October 2001, Volume 5, Issue 6.

    • In 2001, she was in the movie Laud Weiner. Her TV movie credits include Friends 'Til the End (1997), The Princess & the Barrio Boy (2000), The Princess & the Marine (2001), and Homeland Security (2004).

    • Marisol is five feet and four inches tall.

    • Marisol is a volunteer supervisor for Criminon, an organization which focuses on the reason of criminality, seeking to rehabilitate convicts.

    • Marisol won the prestigious National Speech and Theater Companionship Award for two years while at College of DuPage. It earned her a full scholarship to study drama at Eastern Michigan University. She turned it down and decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

    • Marisol studied at Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois. She then attended College of DuPage in Glenn Ellen in the early 1990's.

    • Award Nominations:
      2001 - Most Promising Actor or Actress, Golden Eagle Award, The Princess and the Marine
      2002 - Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, ALMA Award, The Princess and the Marine
      2005 - Spirit of the Community Award, ABLE International
      2007 - Outstanding Supporting Actress - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie, ALMA Award, 24

  • Quotes

    • Marisol: (about her passion for music) If I ever die of a heart attack, I hope it will be from playing my stereo too loud.

    • Marisol: I tend to gravitate toward roles where the woman is in a command [position]. I am not really ever accused of being shy or meek.

    • Marisol: Basically, if you are going to label someone with a chemical imbalance and say it is a physical disability-show me the lab tests. There needs to be proof that there is an imbalance-not just some teacher looking at you with a checklist.

    • Marisol (about New Orleans after Katrina): It's hard to believe I was just there and now the entire city is empty and destroyed.

    • Marisol: (on marrying Taron Lexton) I can't believe I get this man for the rest of my life. We're so happy we can hardly stand it.

    • Marisol: [Laughs] I'm not as hard and tough as the roles I get to play, which I love. I'm a total girly girl. I can be silly and goofy and laugh at the most the ridiculous things. Little tiny things I think are ridiculous and I love being goofy, and I'm a total geek!

    • Marisol: Every hiatus I've had from a drama I've done these silly, silly comedies. They're easy and they're fun, and they're just a different thing to play around with.

    • Marisol: I love being with my friends. It doesn't matter what we are doing whether it's out for coffee or staying in and playing a mean game of Mafia we always have a good time.

    • Marisol: (on establishing a career in acting) I think it's like any other business, if you work really hard and you dedicate yourself and you try to keep your life clean – it'll work out.

    • Marisol: I kind of learned not to be heartbroken over series getting canceled – because there is always another one around the corner that is great and that I will fall in love with.

    • Marisol: I love to shop! There must be a shopping gene that girls are born with. I swear it's so fulfilling... like eating a yummy piece of chocolate.

    • Marisol: (on the set of "24") It is the most laid-back atmosphere I've ever been on. You would think that we'd all have to be so serious, but we're goofing around like mad in-between takes and we might do a little dance and tell a joke, I'm always telling jokes.

  • Amazing actress - going to be on "24"!

    I saw her in "In Justice" and thought she was amazing. Also loved her in "Blind Justice".

    I just saw on her website she's going to be playing the head of CTU on "24" next season - can't wait!

    You can see it here -

    It also says she going to be in a movied called "Delta Farce" with Larry the Cable Guy - that should be interesting.
  • She's an extremely beautiful woman.

    Marisol is extremely pretty and a decent actress... and ever since I noticed her in Due South and Alias, she's been my one of my favourite "smaller" actresses.

    Too bad though, that she's is a Scientology member (according to websearches) and that puts a pretty big dent into what I think of her as a person.

    Nevertheless, I only have to look at her on the TV, so it's not too bad... ;-)

    Maybe she'll learn eventually.moreless