Entertainment Interview

Cover Story: Nikki DeLoach Interview


Black lace and tulle gown LI CARI by JAZMIN WHITLEY; Heels Q by PASQUALE; Necklace and bracelet SAMANTHA WILLS

What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?
First of all, every job, and every person, has left an imprint on my career and who I am as a person.  However, there are a few highlights that stand out. One is the Mickey Mouse Club. I was able to sing, dance, and act (both comedy and drama) with twenty other kids who shared the same interests as I did.  What a dream job for a kid! AWKWARD has been a huge highlight in my career as well. It has made me grow as an actor and as a human being.  We are a real family on the show. I get to work with people I love, with a character I adore, and with writing that leaves me inspired and challenged on a weekly basis.  It’s been such a gift!
What kind of roles do you look forward to getting in the future? Anything you’ve been dying to try?
There are so many roles that I am dying to do, like a movie musical or Holly Hunter’s role in Broadcast News. I mostly want to continue to push myself as an actor in both comedy and drama. If I read something and it scares me a little or a lot, I want to run towards that. I want to build relationships with other creatives and have a great time working together. I am really just open to anything and everything that inspires and scares me.
AWKWARD does a fantastic job of blending unconventional humor with important life lessons. What do you think is most important to take away from the show?
This show is so incredible because it touches upon all that young women and men experience in high school. From bullying to sex, body image to mother/daughter troubles, AWKWARD moves through these issues with heart and humor. I loved the ending of season three, where Jenna realizes that she doesn’t need a guy to dance with her at the prom; she can be happy dancing all by herself. Jenna has learned that she must love herself first. She no longer needs a guy to define her self-worth or validate her. It’s such an important life lesson.
The highly anticipated season four premieres on April 15th at 10pm/9c! What are you allowed to tell us about it?
Nothing.  Absolutely nothing!
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Cover Story: Nikki DeLoach Interview: “Learning From Lacey” originally published in Cliché Magazine’s April/May 2014 issue

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