July 16, 2010

An interview with Nicole Blessing

Nicole Blessing is an actress and model. She has done quite a few independent films, most of which are still being edited. "Doomed To Consume" from NFTS Productions, in which she plays tough, zombie-killing girl Traci Loomis, is finished.

"Door to Door", a horror short by Ed Linder, is currently on the "On the Lot" website. Nicole plays the mysterious and seductive Linda.

Nicole kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me proving that she is not only a beautiful scream queen but a wonderful human being as well. Here's what she had to say...

How did you become an actress/scream queen?
I was always interested in acting, but only started to pursue it seriously several years ago. I had done some commercial work, plays, and a few independent films when I was cast in NFTS Productions’ feature "Doomed To Consume". I liked playing dark, troubled characters and searched for more roles of this nature.

What has been the high point of your career so far?
I feel I haven’t hit a high point yet.

And the lowest?
Any time when I feel there is a gap between projects. I like to keep busy.

Do you have any aspirations to be an actor in a big budget major motion picture?
Oh definitely. Some of my upcoming projects have larger budgets. "Mourne", a werewolf thriller set in Northern Ireland, will be a major picture.

What would be your ideal role?
I would love to play a Bond girl. They are such memorable characters. I’d also like to play a hip witch with really cool powers.

Who do you admire in show business?
I admire Meryl Streep and Judi Dench. Both have such versatility and aren’t afraid to take risks.

If you could be anyone else for 24 hours who would you want to be?
George W. Bush, so I could approve the plan for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. I have issues with some of the actions of the Bush administration, and often wonder what the rest of the world must think of us. The majority wants a plan to exit Iraq; Congress has developed a plan, and Bush says he’ll veto it. 24 hours is ambitious, but I’d be highly motivated.

If you were a cartoon character who would it be?
It would have to be Wonder Woman. I want access to the invisible jet.

Do you like to break rules or are you a good girl?
I’d like to think I break the rules.

Do you think that you are unique?
Yes I feel I have a very unique look. I’m tall, thin, yet curvy, and have fabulous red hair.

What part of the industry really pisses you off?
There are parts of any industry that can be annoying. At this point it would be people unwilling to take chances with unknowns, and not being able to find a good agent.

Do you get any scary fans or have they all been nice to you?
For the most part everyone that’s taken an interest in my work has been nice.

If you were cast in an episode of 'Lost' or 'Nip/Tuck' who would you befriend and who would you least like to have an onscreen romance with?
If it were an episode of 'Lost', I would befriend Jack. When you’re on an isolated island, it’s always a good idea to be friends with a doctor. I would be least likely to have a romance with Sawyer. He’s just a little too cranky.
If it were 'Nip/Tuck', I would befriend Christian. He’s had some interesting character transitions throughout the series. I’d be least likely to have an onscreen romance with Liz. We’d definitely be great friends, and I’d want to help her find a better girlfriend than Poppy. She was just a bitch to Liz.

Have you ever thought of being on a reality TV show?
Not really. If I did I’d like to be on "Dancing With The Stars", but you sort of have to be a star to get on it. I love ballroom dancing, and it would be amazing to train with a professional. The tango is my favourite dance.

What would you like to win?
Cash prizes are always good. I’d like to win a sports car. I have a very practical car for my dogs, but it’s not as fun to drive as a sports car.

I see you also do some modelling. What would be your ideal photoshoot?
It would be for "Vogue" or maybe "Sports Illustrated". I’d like to shoot some place warm and near an ocean.

And the worst?
Anything that would involve working with spiders. I’ve never had a desire to be upclose with a spider, especially ones large enough that you can see their fangs.

What is your favourite brand of make-up?
Predominately Guerlain, MAC, and Senna. Guerlain has great bronzers, and I love their Meteorite powder. MAC has amazing colors and really intense purple pigments that bring out my green eyes. Senna overall is a wonderful line. I’m a big fan of their pressed mineral mix foundation and concealer.

What do you like to do most when not acting or modelling?
Kickboxing, jiu jitsu, and walking the dogs.

What time do you normally get up and go to bed?
It depends where I’m working. Lately I wake up about 8am and go to sleep some time around 11 or 11:30pm. The dogs won’t let me sleep too late, they want their breakfast.

Have you ever stayed awake more than 24 hours in a row, internetting for instance? Have you become addicted to the net yet?
I have on several occasions. Studying for finals, moving, internetting, and when Coco and Chanel got into chocolate and we had to make them throw it up. They fully recovered, but were sick all night.

Do you eat a lot of chocolate?
I do, but not in excess. I love chocolate with raspberry filling. I have a chocolate fountain.

Do you have a favourite website?

Besides Dr Blood's Video Vault, I like imdb and ebay. I love imdb, if you’re watching something and you can’t place an actor or want to know who directed something, you can find it on imdb. Ebay has everything.

Have you bought anything good from ebay or a garage sale?
Both. I love eBay. I’ve found things on ebay I thought I’d never find. One year for Christmas my mom really wanted a Victorian mourning ring like her mother had. If you are unfamiliar with a Victorian mourning ring, it’s a flat piece of onyx in a setting with a little diamond in the middle. They are hard to find, let alone one that had to adhere to specifications. After three months of looking on ebay I finally found the perfect one.
I’ve got some things at garage sales, but not as much. I used to go with my sister who would plan out where we would go the day before. She took it very seriously.

Do you like shopping?
I love shopping. I’m currently very into Bebe Sport outfits. They are just so cute, and yet practical. I would wear them all the time if I could.

If you were stranded in a jungle which three things would you like to have with you?
I would want things to help me get out of the jungle, so a compass, a knife, and a satellite phone. If I could have a fourth thing I’d like a piece of chocolate.

What is your favourite meal? Do you have a favourite recipe?
I don’t cook very much. When I was little my grandma taught me more practical things like how to play cards and effectively bluff. My favourite meal is the California Pizza Kitchen’s shrimp scampi pizza and a glass of Merlot or Cabernet.
I have a great recipe for crab dip. It’s made in a bread bowl, and has always been well received when I’ve taken it to parties.

How many cheesey poofs can you get into your mouth in one go?
That’s a hard question. Since I don’t have any readily available I’ll have to guess 15. They kind of dissolve a little in your mouth so you’d be able to get more in.

What is your favourite brand of cola?
Coke. Preferably Coke with Lime, but not diet. I don’t drink anything diet. I like Propel and Vitamin water too, although they aren’t cola.

If you were able to go anywhere in time, where would you go and what would you do there?
I would go back to London in 1888 and catch Jack the Ripper.

Who is your favourite author?
I have several favourite authors. I’m a big fan of J.K. Rowling, Agatha Christie, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, and soon to be published author Andy Smith.

Do you read a lot of books?
I do. I try to diversify my reading material. I just finished a Final Cut Pro manual, and can’t wait for the last Harry Potter book. My niece got me hooked on them a few years ago. She has all of them so I read one right after the other.

What scares you?
Rats. I hate them. They can carry disease; they’re smart and they bite.

What do you like most about Dr Blood's Video Vault?
The movie reviews.

Would you have your picture taken wearing nothing but a Dr Blood's Video Vault t-shirt if you were sent one?

Which question would you most like to be asked?
How did you get those great abs?

And the answer to that question?

Thank you.

All pictures of Nicole Blessing on this page are copyrighted to Nicole Blessing and are used here with permission.

Please visit Nicole's website at www.nicoleblessing.com or her IMDb page for more details.

Nicole can also be contacted at: http://www.myspace.com/nicoleblessing.

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