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    • Nikki: The frenzy of the little-girl culture is something very unique, and I can only say that because I was one. The obsession - I can't really explain it. Everything is heightened to the maximum.

    • Nikki: (on playing a role in the movies based on the best-sellers Twilight books) When you're playing a character in a book, there's already a lot of pressure because all of the millions of people who have read the series have been able to envision and become very attached to the characters.

    • Nikki: (on filming some of the Twilight movies) I had a great time making the last movie, 'Eclipse.' We shot my back-story stuff from the 1930's. But I was waiting for 'Breaking Dawn' because I love the relationship Rosalie has with Jacob and the rest of her family and Bella. She also provides comic relief.

    • Nikki: (on the fame that came with the movies of Twilight) Before 'Twilight,' occasionally I would get the 'Hey are you that girl from that movie?' but no one knew my first and last name. The fans of the saga are amazing, and it's very flattering.

    • Nikki: (on music) I've always loved music and felt connected to it, but was too afraid to explore that avenue.

    • Nikki: (on love) At the end of the day, that's our sole purpose and our sole reason for existing, is to love somebody else.

    • Nikki: I definitely think that females have a harder time. It's a lot harder to be a girl because you're always in your head.

    • Nikki: (on friendship with women) With girls, friendships are hard because you have to learn to get to a maturity level to love them but not want to be them.

    • Nikki: (on her younger brother and autism) My little brother is autistic, so I would love to be involved in a charity for autism, but I haven't found the right one yet.

    • Nikki: (on being creative and the challenges associated) I'm just a believer in keeping all of the creative brain cells moving and working even when you're not working because the inevitable loneliness and boring drought in the actor's world, it can eat you alive.

    • Nikki: (on youth vote) Young people need to vote. They need to get out there. Every vote counts. Educate yourself too. Don't just vote. Know what you're voting for, and stand by that.

    • Nikki: (on her directing experience in a music video) I just directed a music video which just came out and that'd sort of be the area of the field that I'm going to move into, I hope.

    • Nikki: (on learning the movie-making process) I think so many young girls get caught up in the challenge of being with somebody who's dangerous, who's bad, who's enticing, who's all of those things, and you forget what it's like to enjoy simple love.

    • Nikki: I think so many young girls get caught up in the challenge of being with somebody who's dangerous, who's bad, who's enticing, who's all of those things, and you forget what it's like to enjoy simple love.

    • Nikki: (on her free time with friends) I have friends come over and we read plays out loud and I make paintings and I just do things all the time just so I don't ever feel like I'm sitting around.

    • Nikki: (on her privacy) I'm a believer in the concept that people should not be followed and photographed everywhere.

    • Nikki: To read what the general public thinks and to put it together with your real life, it's amazing how wrong people can be.

    • Nikki: Last year, I was like, hyperventilating. I don't want to say I've gotten used to it, but my palms aren't sweating as much . . . I love walking up to my fans and saying, "Thank you for coming". It's more real.

    • Nikki: (on trying to write and direct her movie Thirteen) People tend to get nervous when they're working with first-time writer-directors. Because we've all had our share of bad experiences when you work with someone who is too close to the material and can't really pull themselves away.

    • Nikki: I've fallen on my ass I don't know how many times because I refused to listen to anyone.

    • Nikki: (on going to school while filming) I'm going to school actually while we're shooting. I'm talking five, but I was just told that two are unavailable so I'm waiting to see. I'm taking a language course, I'm taking a writing course, I'm really trying to take a Greek mythology course and a psychology course. There's so many prerequisites for this psychology. I always try to stay productive and do things that I feel nourish the brain.

    • Nikki: Some of the greatest moments in life come from moments that are incomplete.

    • Nikki: Part of being young is making mistakes.

    • Nikki: I didn't know when I finished Thirteen that I wanted to be an actress. I went back to high school, and then I realized I missed it. I had fallen in love with being on the set.

    • Nikki: I had hoped that girls all over the world would relate to Thirteen. But I had no idea that girls I was sitting next to went through the same-things I did.

    • Nikki: I was raised by my mom. It was definitely a struggle competing with my brother who is only one year older than me. He wanted to be my older brother but I looked older than him. We were competing for my mom's attention. There was so much tension between us that my mom backed away from us. It was so emotionally out of control.

    • Nikki: I went through what I went through too young. Emotionally, it was really hard juggling all these things I was going through.

    • Nikki: I know 13-year-old girls who are just like me, and I know 13-year-old girls who are still playing with Barbies.

    • Nikki: Before the 80's everything seems ancient to me.

    • Nikki: I grew up too fast. I looked a lot older than I was but when I was 13, I looked how I did now so I don't know if I look 18 or whatever now. There's a lot of stuff too. Competition with my brother. When I was 13, he was 14 and he was still a little boy. I would walk down the street and people would say, 'Oh, this is your little brother? He's really cute.' So just normal stuff.

    • Nikki: I definitely think that females have a harder time. It's a lot harder to be a girl because you're always in your head. I've heard my brother go and take it out on the football as he says. Whereas girls would rather sit down and over think things. Guys just punch a wall and I think that could be easier because that's instant release instead of letting it build it up. But a lot of people say guys just hold it in as well.

    • Nikki: I think my mother is my biggest influence. There are so many things I hate about her but at the same time I'm thankful for her. All I know is that when I'm a parent I want to be just like my mom. I can talk to my mom more than any of my friends could talk to their parents.

    • Nikki: When I co-wrote the film Thirteen, I talked about the experiences of teenage girls I personally knew. I recently turned sixteen, and the only difference in my life now is that I have fallen in love for the first time. My boyfriend is Hawaiian, he's laid back, and he couldn't care less about the Hollywood scene. The other night when we were out, I grabbed his arm and said, 'Oh my God, look! There's Jennifer Lopez.' He just turned to me and said, 'So what? You're prettier than she is.' I have the best boyfriend in the world!

    • Nikki (about the movie Thirteen): Most teen movies are fantasies, like The Princess Diaries. But my movie is coming from a completely different angle, which is truth. This is what really happens.

    • Nikki (about her character in Mini's First Time): It's a black comedy, so hopefully people will get the humor and understand that a lot of times in film what people have to do to send a strong message is make it funny so people can sit through it. Because, if you actually said everything point blank that was going on with this character, no one would be laughing or sitting in the theater.

    • Nikki (about her character in Mini's First Time): I think that she's replacing all of that love that she didn't get with adrenaline, almost like trying match that feeling. So, it's all about pushing the limits and pushing her parents, whose going to turn their head and care about what she's doing. She has an affair with her step father because they both have that one thing in common, they live with this absolutely wretched woman, Diane, who is played by Carrie-Anne Moss. I know it sounds awful but they end up killing her mother, but it's all done in a sort of funny manner, if that helps.

    • Nikki: People tend to get nervous when they're working with first time writer-directors. Because, we've all had our share of bad experiences when you work with someone who is too close to the material and can't really pull themselves away.

    • Nikki: I did a movie called American Gun, which should be opening in the next few weeks. It's produced by Forest Whitaker and it's about the proliferation of guns in America with a bunch of specific stories that play in towns around the country. I also did a movie called Mini's First Time with Alec Baldwin that Kevin Spacey produced. I played Mini and that's opening July 14th in New York and LA.

    • Nikki (about her character in Mini's First Time): I did a lot of research at the time, especially serial killers and murders - not that's what Mini is - but a lot of times people grow up and they don't have those fundamental traits that parents give them. It really messes with their emotions and their ability to feel consequences or feel empathy. That's pretty much the theory about who Mini is, she was raised with no love, no affection and no attention. So, she has this theory of firsts, she wants to do everything once.

    • Nikki (about her character in Mini's First Time): I just kind of loved the idea of playing a character that was so different than myself, it's actually the opposite. I grew up with very little money but with a mother who always over loved and was overly affectionate with my brother and I. So, I just thought that was something I could not relate to at all with where she was coming from, but it was something that I wanted to play.

    • Nikki: I finished a film called Cherry Crush, which is actually going to come out in the fall. It's got a wonderful cast and I'm very proud of it.

    • Nikki (about her character in Mini's First Time): Mini comes from a very troubled placed. Her mother is an alcoholic and a drug addict. Basically, it's the theory of a human being raised without any sort of affection.

    • Nikki: Whenever you hear that Kevin Spacey is producing a project and he is going to be very in touch and work closely with that project, it is kind of like it doesn't matter what it is, right after that you're very interested. I sat down with the writer-director and my first question was "Where did this come from?" You start having fun with directors, you have to feel like you can relate to them or at least be on the same level in terms of understanding the project and the material. You have to be sort of one with it; and he was. Then, I sat down with Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, who produced it as well, who is fantastic.

    • Nikki (about working with director Nick Guthe): Nick was so willing to collaborate, which I think all actors hope for. We want to be directed by someone who has a strong vision, which he did. But, he was also open to rehearsals, which I love. Letting the actors play with the material a little bit and find what's most comfortable. There were certainly some things I found in the script that originally I couldn't do because I was sixteen when we shot it, even though I was playing eighteen. He was very willing to make sure that I was comfortable with what I was doing and those are all things that are really important to me.

    • Nikki: The number-one rule of writing is write what you know--or something like that. So I wrote about my experiences.

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