Marisol Nichols

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Marisol Nichols (born November 2, 1973)[1] is an American actress, known for her roles as Nadia Yassir on the Fox series 24 and Hermione Lodge on the CW drama series Riverdale.

Marisol Nichols
Nichols in 2018
Born (1973-11-02) November 2, 1973 (age 50)
Years active1996–present
Andrea Sorrentino
(m. 1999, divorced)
Taron Lexton
(m. 2008)

Early life edit

Nichols was born in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Naperville, Illinois,[2] with her mother, who is of Mexican descent, and her stepfather, Randy.[3][4] Her biological father is of Russian-Jewish and Hungarian-Jewish descent.[5] She is the oldest of three siblings, having two younger brothers.

Career edit

In 1996, she appeared in episodes of Due South and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1997, she made her movie debut as Audrey Griswold in the film Vegas Vacation with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. She also had supporting roles in the films Scream 2, Friends 'Til the End, Can't Hardly Wait, Jane Austen's Mafia and The Sex Monster.

From 2000 to 2002, she starred in the Showtime drama series Resurrection Blvd.. In 2001, she played Bahraini Princess (Sheika) Meriam Al Khalifa in the made-for-TV movie The Princess and the Marine. In 2003, she made guest appearances on episodes of Friends, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Nip/Tuck and Charmed. Marisol's Charmed episode, "Chris-Crossed", was the show's highest-rated non-season-premiere episode. In 2006, she appeared in six episodes of Cold Case and starred in the film Big Momma's House 2.

She starred in the short-lived TV series Blind Justice in 2005 and In Justice, in 2006. In 2007, she starred in 24 as Special Agent Nadia Yassir. In 2008, she starred in the film Felon with Stephen Dorff.

In 2010, Nichols portrayed Sarah Monahan in the short-lived supernatural crime drama The Gates, a summer series on ABC.[6]

She also was a guest star in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles in 2010, as Tracy Keller, former partner and potential romantic interest for Special Agent G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell). Nichols' character appears in the sixth episode of Season 2.[7] She also had a cameo in Kristin Chenoweth's music video for "I Want Somebody (Bitch About)".[citation needed] Nichols also portrayed "The Desert Wolf" on MTV's show Teen Wolf.

In 2012, Nichols starred in the ABC TV series GCB, with Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Potts, Jennifer Aspen and Miriam Shor.[8]

In 2017, Nichols began starring as Hermione Lodge, the mother of Veronica Lodge, in the teen drama series Riverdale, loosely based on the Archie comic book series. On February 23, 2020, Nichols announced that she would be leaving Riverdale ahead of its fifth season, making season four her last on the show.[9] However, in June 2020, Nichols revealed that after having a talk with showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, she would be staying on for season five.[10]

Personal life edit

In November 1999, Nichols married Andrea Sorrentino, whom she met in Italy while filming the movie My Father's Shoes. They later divorced.[2][11] In April 2008, she married director Taron Lexton.[12] They have a daughter, born in September 2008.[13] In November 2018, Nichols filed for divorce.[11][14]

Nichols resides in Los Angeles, California.[15]

In the 1990s, Nichols became a Scientologist, having been introduced to it by her chiropractor.[2][3]

Volunteer work and activism edit

In an interview with Marie Claire,[16] Nichols stated that she was raped when she was eleven, and that it "changed the entire trajectory of my life in a day." This inspired her to start a non-profit organization called Foundation for a Slavery Free World and has regularly spoken publicly about sex trafficking and ways to prevent children from becoming trafficked victims.[17]

In 2012, as her career slowed down, Nichols began working with former FBI and CIA agents, Navy SEALs and Green Berets,[18] as well as local law enforcement who have left government agencies and gone independent to help trap child sex predators. Her role involved acting as "bait", playing whatever role the situation called for, such as pretending to be a parent who was pimping out a child.[17] In partnership with nonprofit organization Operation Underground Railroad, Nichols' work took her across the United States and other countries globally, including Haiti and Venezuela.[18][17]

Filmography edit

Nichols at the 2012 Alma Awards

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Vegas Vacation Audrey Griswold
1997 Scream 2 Dawnie
1997 Friends 'Til the End Alison
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Groupie
1998 Jane Austen's Mafia Carla
1999 The Sex Monster Lucia
1999 Bowfinger Young Actress at Audition
2000 The Princess & the Barrio Boy Sirena Garcia
2001 The Princess and the Marine Meriam Al Khalifa Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress
2001 Laud Weiner Laud's Assistant
2003 The Road Home Stephanie
2004 Homeland Security Agent Jane Fulbar
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Liliana Morales
2007 Delta Farce Maria
2008 Struck Jamie Short film
2008 Felon Laura Porter
2013 The Program (SSR-7) Commander Montgomery Short film
2016 Lost Girls Romina Short film
2018 Cucuy: The Boogeyman Rebecca Martin
2021 Spiral: From the Book of Saw Capt. Angie Garza
2022 The Valet Isabel

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 My Guys Angela TV Pilot
1996 Due South Melissa Episode: "Some Like It Red"
1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Wendy Stevens Episode: "Ray of Hope"
1997 ER Angie Episode: "The Long Way Around"
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Sally Tremont Episode: "Malibu Fire"
1998 Cybill Book Store Clerk Episode: "Fine Is Not a Feeling"
1999 Odd Man Out Lauren Episode: "The First Girlfriend's Club"
1999 Boy Meets World Kelly 2 episodes
2000 Malcolm & Eddie Kelly Episode: "Swooped"
2000–02 Resurrection Blvd. Victoria Santiago 53 episodes
2002 Alias Rebecca Martinez Episode: "Dead Drop"
2002 The Twilight Zone Joanne Yarrow Episode: "Hunted"
2003 The Division Rochelle Episode: ""
2003 Friends Olivia Episode: "The One with Rachel's Dream"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jane Episode: "All for Our Country"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bettina Amador Episode: "Mother"
2003 Nip/Tuck Antonia Ramos Episode: "Antonia Ramos"
2003 Charmed (Future) Bianca Episode: "Chris-Crossed"
2004 Cold Case Elisa 6 episodes
2005 Blind Justice Karen Bettancourt 13 episodes
2006 In Justice Sonya Quintano 12 episodes
2007 24 Nadia Yassir 24 episodes
2009 Life Whitney 'Plum' Paxman Episode: "Initiative 38"
2009 The Storm Devon Williams 2 episodes
2010 The Gates Sarah Monohan 13 episodes
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Tracy Keller Episode: "Standoff"
2012 GCB Heather Cruz 10 episodes
2012 Private Practice Lily Reilly Episode: "The World According to Jake"
2014–15 NCIS Zoe Keates 2 episodes
2015–16 Teen Wolf The Desert Wolf 5 episodes
2015–16 Criminal Minds Natalie Colfax 2 episodes
2017–23 Riverdale Hermione Lodge Main role (seasons 1–5), special guest star (season 5–7); 67 episodes
2020–present The Loud House Principal Ramirez (voice) Recurring role
2020 Holly & Ivy Nina[19] TV film
2021 Christmas CEO Christmas Winnacker TV film
2022 We Wish You a Married Christmas Becca TV film

Music videos edit

Year Artist Song Notes
2011 Kristin Chenoweth "I Want Somebody (Bitch About)" Directed by Roman White

References edit

  1. ^ "Marisol Nichols Biography". TV Guide. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Lavin, Cheryl (July 2, 2000). "Marisol Nichols". Chicago Tribune. I've been married since Nov. 18 to Andrea Forrentino.
  3. ^ a b "Questions". Marisol Nichols official website. Archived from the original on March 12, 2008.
  4. ^ "Marisol Nichols Baby Shower". Zimbio. August 1, 2000. Archived from the original on July 17, 2018 – via Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America.
  5. ^ Gire, Dann (January 24, 2017). "'Riverdale' star from 'burbs survived drama of her own". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Barton, Steve (May 19, 2010). "Extended HD Promo for ABC's The Gates". Archived from the original on October 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Keck, William (September 8, 2010). "Keck's Exclusives: Marisol Nichols Romances NCIS: LA's O'Donnell". TV Guide. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  8. ^ Wagner, Curt (March 1, 2012). "Marisol Nichols plays mostly nice for laughs in 'GCB'". Chicago Tribune RedEye. Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (February 23, 2020). "Skeet Ulrich And Marisol Nichols To Depart 'Riverdale' After Four Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "'Riverdale': Marisol Nichols Confirms She's Returning As Hermione Lodge (Exclusive)". Yahoo!. June 11, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Calvario, Liz (November 7, 2018). "'Riverdale' Star Marisol Nichols Files For Divorce From Estranged Husband". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved November 9, 2018. Note: While Nichols in the Chicago Tribune (July 2, 2000) gives a marriage date of November 18, 1999, Entertainment Tonight gives marriage years of 1995 to 1998.
  12. ^ Doven, Michael (April 14, 2008). "24's Marisol Nichols Gets Married". People. Archived from the original on July 1, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Staff (September 30, 2008). "Marisol Nichols Welcomes Daughter Rain India". People. Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Goldstein, Joelle (November 7, 2018). "Riverdale's Marisol Nichols Files for Divorce from Husband of 10 Years Taron Lexton". People. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Marisol Nichols – Nadia Yassir". Fox Broadcasting. Archived from the original on March 22, 2007.
  16. ^ "The Hollywood Vigilante". Marie Claire. April 30, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  17. ^ a b c Bucksbaum, Sydney (August 31, 2020). "Riverdale star Marisol Nichols' real-life undercover work fighting sex trafficking to be TV series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  18. ^ a b "'Riverdale' Actress Marisol Nichols Talks About Going Undercover to Stop Human Trafficking". The Hollywood Reporter. November 24, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  19. ^ "Holly & Ivy". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved October 16, 2020.

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