--By Nic Brown--
Whether she’s wielding a shotgun against zombies, playing a
seductive member of the undead that might come knocking on
your door, or using her martial arts skills in a theatrical
production of Hamlet, actress Nicole Blessing stands out.
The statuesque, red haired beauty has worked in film,
theater, and television. Now this descendent of Davy
Crockett (no joke) is taking time out of her hectic schedule
to talk to us about her upcoming films, how she got her
start in acting, and how she knows Clint Eastwood is a nice
Nic- Nicole, you have a couple of films coming out shortly:
Unholy Reunion and Psycho Holocaust. Can you
tell us a bit about each film and your roles in them?
is the story of a young woman and her friends who are
terrorized by an escaped killer her father put away twenty
years ago. I play her drug dealing, slightly slutty friend,
Liz. She's a bad girl, but it's always fun to play the bad
is the tale of a dream vacation turned into a nightmare. I
play one of the vacationing friends, Sara. She's a nice
person and wants everyone to get along and have a good trip.
Against her better judgment she follows her boyfriend into
Nic- When and where will we be able to check out Unholy
Reunion and Psycho Holocaust? Are they in
Nicole- Both films are still in post-production. The last
time I checked,
was to be finished late summer, early fall of this year, and
is aiming to be completed in June. So nothing is definite
yet about distribution.
Nic- Looking at your resume on your website (www.nicoleblessing.com)
it says that you played Ophelia in the theatrical production
"Kung Fu Hamlet". That sounds fascinating, can you tell us a
bit about that experience?
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Nicole- "Kung Fu Hamlet" was Shakespeare theatre come alive
in the style of Kung Fu cinema. There were many, many fight
scenes, and I was
fortunate to work with kung fu master Allen Wong. Ophelia
was a physically demanding role, but a lot of fun. "Kung Fu
Hamlet" has become sort of a cult phenomenon in Twin Cities
Theater. All of the shows were sold out and at times there
were lines around the theater.
Nic- How did you get your start in the film industry?
Nicole- I'd always been interested in acting, and started to
seriously pursue it several years ago when I took classes
from veteran acting coach, Lev Mailer. After working with
him for several months I got the lead in a French language
film called Pauvre Anne. It was to accompany a French
language book marketed to high schools. The same director
also shot a short called
in which I had the role of the Little Mermaid. It was about
Fairy Tale women in a divorce support group. I continued to
do more film work, and lately it's been more in the horror
Nic- You do seem to be working in the horror genre a lot
lately. Do you worry about type-casting because of that?
Scarlet Salem and Nicole Blessing at
the 2007 It Came From Lake Michigan Film
Nicole- I’m not really worried about type-casting at this
point. I look for interesting roles; currently they happen
to be more in the horror genre. I do have some upcoming
projects that aren't horror related.
Nic- Many actors/actresses aspire to work behind the camera.
Is that something you're interested in doing?
Nicole- I don't have any aspirations at this time to work
behind the camera. That may change one day, you can never
rule anything out, but for right now I'm very happy to be in
front of the camera.
Nic- What has been your favorite role so far and can you
tell us why it is your favorite?
Nicole- My favorite role has been Nastya in
which should be finished this year. Nastya worked for the
Russian mafia, and was dark, mysterious, and ruthless. She's
kind of like a Bond girl, which I'd really love to play one
of these days. Bad girls are interesting characters, and
just fun to play.
Nicole Blessing is Natsya in
Nic- You’re based in Minneapolis. Many indy
filmmakers I’ve talked to prefer being outside of the
Hollywood market. What effect do you think that being in
Minneapolis has any on your career?
Nicole- There are both positives and negatives. By being in
Minneapolis, I've been able to gain a lot of experience,
build up a reel, and work on a lot of projects that I might
not have been able to in the Hollywood market. One of the
drawbacks is that there are a limited number of projects in
production at any given time, unlike L.A. or New York. I
look forward to expanding my career and branching out to
Nic- If you had the opportunity to pick any director to work
with, whom would it be and why?
Nicole- That's such a difficult question. There are so many
talented directors that I'd like to work with. I'd really
like to work with Clint Eastwood. He's extremely talented,
knows what it's like to be on the other side of the camera,
and just a nice person. When my Great Aunt Ida (in her early
90s at the time) was on vacation in California with some of
her friends they got lost on the way to the airport. They
found a golf course and stopped to ask for directions at the
main office. She didn't know it until she came back to the
car, but it was Clint Eastwood that gave her directions and
drew her a map of how to get to the airport and told her
that if she got lost to come back and he'd help her get
there. That's the type of person I'd like to work with.