Although Nicki works 15 and 16 hours a day, she makes time to work with several organizations and sometimes visits orphanages to talk to the kids.
One of Nicki's favorite movies of hers was the NBC film Cruel Justice because it dealt with the issue of rape, an issue Nicki feels very strongly about.
Nicki prefers to do films rather than movies because she likes to be able to change characters and projects and meet new people.
During the filming of Jeepers Creepers 2, Nicki had to cry for about 13 hours straight, on the same day she had to wear thick white contact lenses that almost left her blind. Nicki went home with a big headache that day.
Steven Spielberg's Duel is one of Nicki's all time favorite films.
If only she had more time off from work, Nicki would like to get involved in more charity and youth-oriented organizations. Date rape among teenagers is one of the issues she would like to tackle.
Nicki's theatrical credits include L'Azure de Femme (Seattle Repertory), The Dumb Waiter, and Biloxi Blues (Cal State Long Beach).
Nicki was Maxim's Babe of the Month in September 2003.
Running and reading are two of the things Nicki loves to do when she is not working. She also likes to be with kids and educate them.
After doing Jeepers Creepers 2, Nicki was asked to pose for Playboy. She did a shoot for the men's magazine with a feature on the women who appeared in the film.
In 2003, Nicki made a guest appearance on The Howard Stern Radio Show.
Nicki is five feet and four inches tall.
Nicki's mother is Margaret and her grandmother is Lillie. She has a younger brother Steve, an aunt, Louise Clements, and an uncle, Steve Clements.
Nicki graduated from Enid High School in Enid, Oklahoma in 1992.
Nicki was involved in drama while she was in high school and was active in theater during college.
Nicki's television debut was a guest-starring role in an episode of Weird Science in 1996.
Nicki was enrolled in the film program of the University of Oklahoma.
Nicki speaks both German and Spanish.
Nicki: (On why she appreciates the show "Boy Meets World") I think if you're going to base your show on a learning experience for high school students or the younger generation, then you share the responsibility of making sure that you're getting the right message across, to be giving the best answer. And to make sure you're not sending mixed signals that are going confusion and problems that don't need to be there.
Nicki: (On her previous life) It's a world I'll never go back to. Simply because there's nothing there for me, but it's also been very fascinating to discover that, because I didn't realize until recently that the world is divided up into separate pieces and parts, and everyone has their own little part of the world. Being an actor, you're put all over the map, you're meeting people from all over, you're doing movies in other areas, so you're moving around a lot, and you kind of feel you're on the outside of everything, which is a really strange feeling to have sometimes. You kind of feel out of touch, as an actor, because when everyone else is going to work at eight o'clock in the morning, sometimes I'm here studying a script. I don't have an office to go to every day.
Nicki: (On her acting acting career) I thought nothing bad could ever happen. And because of that, I was never very scared, but when it started to hit me that bad things do happen, it was just learning how to deal with things, with the business, and not take it personally. And not be hurt every time something didn't work out in my favor, and take it as 'Well, that's just as life unfolds' and where there's a loss, there's going to be a gain somewhere else. My agent and manager and family have all been very supportive. It's been hard to meet a lot of friends, just because I'm from a different part of the world, and it's hard being that busy.
Nicki: (On getting into acting) I took a lot of different classes, but never quite hit that interesting thing that I wanted. Finally one day I decided acting was what I wanted to do, and go see if it's a reality. I packed my stuff up in my car, and drove out here [Los Angeles] and everything kind of worked out. I'm very fortunate.
Nicki: (On having a regular gig on a TV series) It's nice whenever you know you're getting up and going to work for the day, and working with people you really like. When you lose that, it's always an upset, but then it's also a door for other things. You have to be optimistic and look forward.
Nicki: Being from Oklahoma, you're taught how to work hard. And you don't let other things get in the way.
Nicki: (On Victor, the director of Jeepers Creepers 2) A lot of writers are stuck on, 'No, this is how I wrote it and this is how I want it.' But Victor's smart, especially when you consider that we had all young actors. If you give them line readings and you tell them, 'It has to be this way, this way, this way,' you're really stripping them of a lot of the ability to go ahead and create a character. It's a smart way to do it.
Nicki: (On playing physical aggression) Especially with Supernatural and on Dark Blue, I think it's become something that's very easy for me to do. I've learned how to do it and to not really be worried that I'm going to be out of control or I'm going to hurt somebody. I've learned to trust myself with it, I'll go for it. A lot of times, I like for it to be known that the person is being physically roughed up for a reason. Either they're a perp and my life's in danger and they have to be taken down, but the lines aren't always so clear on that. For the most part, I just get in there and I get with the stunt coordinator and I say, 'All right, you tell me what this is going to look like and where the camera's going to be and I'll throw my punches and kick my doors in.' You do get the pleasure of seeing me kick doors in again.
Nicki: (On how the role of Meg in Supernatural helped prepare her for her role in Dark Blue) I think that I learned a lot playing Meg. I'm using a lot of that in Dark Blue, because number one, playing a demon is a completely outrageous character and storyline to play, and this is kind of the same thing, in that we have different covers in different episodes, and some of them are very flamboyant. Keeping a physically tough and mentally tough sense about myself I brought over from Meg to this character as well.
Nicki: (On horror movies) I wasn't a fan of the genre at first, but you do one then you do another until you end up liking them because they're fun to shoot. It's fun to be on set and they're a lot of work because to conjure up in your head the physical things that are going on is a big challenge. It's not every day people go to work and say 'Okay, how am I going to watch this person get their head chopped off?' and make it seem real. That changed my mind about doing films in the genre and doing them more and more in the dramatic aspect. I would like to move in another direction because it's time that I do, but it is fun.
Nicki: Actors are too difficult. I stick to older businessman types. They say what they want and know how to get it.
Nicki: Having psychic visions takes all the energy out of you.
Nicki: You would think that because it's true, a lot of writers are stuck on: No, this is how I wrote it and this is how I want it.
Nicki: If you do television you know you are going to go fast, everything fast. With film you are able to slow it down a little.
Nicki: I think that it was important to have all these dimensional characters, that had actual tension.
Nicki: I think, of course, there needs to be some screaming in a horror movie, and there's plenty of it in Jeepers Creepers 2, but I wanted to find something in my character that keeps her.
Nicki: You would think that you would want everyone to live but that's not the way you feel during the movie. The things you think of that you wouldn't normally do, whether it's a hug or, on the other side, wanting someone else to get knocked off so that you could live.
Nicki: If you care about a character then you care whether or not they live.
Nicki: (on regretting her career choices) Not really. I mean, like anybody, if I look back on some of the choices I've made and were to be given the same scenario today, I might have chosen something differently. But I also think it's a waste of time to regret. It was what it was and it's who I am now.
Nicki: I'm a tomboy, a natural girl. Not one of those girls running around doing lunches and chatting. I'm a very internal, private person.
Nicki: Victor's [Salva] smart, especially when you consider that we had all young actors. If you give them line readings and you tell them, "It has to be this way, this way, this way," you're really stripping them of a lot of the ability to go ahead and create a character.
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