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She's a writer, an actress, a singer, she's strikingly beautiful and she's also very lucky.
The Best is Yet to Come
For those of you who follow the Twilight series, Rosalie isn't the most likable character in the first movie, but you soon warm up to her and understand why she is the way she is. Her character actually has a lot of depth to it and Nikki does a wonderful job of telling Rosalie's story. As a Twilight fan, I found myself very interested in who the actors in the movie really were, as they were portraying characters unlike themselves so well. When I started to learn more about Nikki, I was surprised to discover that she didn't look at all like Rosalie ' in fact, she looks and acts quite different. It always amazes me how different actors and actresses can be from their characters and those who have such a separation are the ones with the most talent in my eyes. If you can honestly portray a character that you cannot relate to or understand, that to me is true acting. Nikki is the perfect Rosalie, as she brings the character to life exactly as I saw her to be when I was reading the book.
As I soon came to find out, there is a lot more to Nikki than just being a good actress. Nikki Houston Reed was born in May of 1988 in California and has an interesting ethnic background, combining Jewish, Cherokee and Italian descents, giving Nikki her natural beauty. Her parents divorced when she was two years old and she lived with her mother, until she moved out at 14 years of age. It was during this time, at age 14, in 2002 that Nikki wrote the script for the movie, Thirteen. She worked with Catherine Hardwicke on this semi-autobiographical piece about her rebellious thirteenth year and ended up starring in the film, because it was difficult to find the right actress to portray the character of Evie Zamora. For this movie, Nikki won an award for "Best Feature Screenplay" at the Screenwriting Awards in 2004, as well as "Best Debut Performance" at the Independent Spirit Awards that same year.
In 2008, Nikki was cast for the role of Rosalie in Twilight, which was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, whom she worked with on Thirteen. Nikki appears in all of the Twilight movies, the last of which is to be released next week. In between the Twilight movies, Nikki appeared in the film, Catch .44 as Kara (a terrific character name, if I do say so myself) in 2011, working with Bruce Willis and Forest Whitaker. In 2013, she is set to work with Forest Whitaker again, in the movie Pawn, which also stars Ray Liotta and Michael Chiklis, among others.
Aside from acting, as I mentioned at the beginning of my article, Nikki is dipping her feet into singing, which I'm sure is inspired by her husband Paul McDonald. Paul met Nikki when he was on American Idol Season 10 in March 2011 (and he was my favorite, I might add ' I was so upset when he was eliminated, but happy to see him appear on Parenthood not long ago). In October 2011, Nikki and Paul were married and now seem very happy. They're expressing their love through music, by releasing a five song EP entitled "The Best Part". They wrote all five songs together and the title track is the song I heard on the radio. They had a few songs in the Breaking Dawn movies, but "The Best Part" is more of Nikki's voice and I really like this song.
Nikki is a very talented young woman and I am certain you will be hearing her name more and more in the months and years to come. She's a writer, an actress, a singer, she's strikingly beautiful and married to Paul McDonald, so she's also very lucky. I will be following her career closely and getting my hands on "The Best Part" as soon as I can, but as for Nikki's life and career, I'd say Frank Sinatra put it best when he said, "The Best is Yet to Come".
Kara Werth, Contributing Writer: I can pinpoint the exact moment I knew I wanted to be a writer. I was in Mrs. Bondy's grade six class and we were asked to do a poetry assignment. It was then that I discovered I could write poetry and didn't know how to stop. I also discovered that my dad has been a writer his whole life as well, with notebooks filled with poetry and written word. (more...)