While promoting her upcoming film The Last Day of Summer, Nikki chatted with gURL (a leading online community for teen girls) about being cast in the film, going through a rough patch as a teen, and why the popular crowd is sometimes the wrong crowd.
So, we hear DJ Qualls (your co-star) hand-picked you to play Stefanie?
DJ and I have been best friends for I don’t even know how long now… since I was a kid! He was actually approached with the script before I was and they asked who he thought should play Stefanie and he said me.
What a great friend! The movie is so intense. Did you sign onto it right away?
There was a bit of resistance at first because I sort of carry around this weird false image that I can only play the hot or intimidatingly beautiful girl, which is just really strange because I’m not intimidatingly beautiful. I think just when you play those characters, people start to see you as that. And so I went in and met with them and they were like, “Oh, she’s not that beautiful. We can give her this role.”
Ok, Nikki. You’re just being humble.
(Laughs). I thought that it was just gonna be an easy breezy situation because DJ and I were so close, but it was really interesting to see how heavy it became just due to the nature of the project and how little time we had [to film it].
You can read the full interview here.