Japanese-Irish American actress Nichole Bloom, who plays JB’s girl in the spring high school party flick Project X, and the lead role of 16-year-old Kayla Tanaka in independent film Model Minority, moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles as a 14-year-old to pursue acting. Choosing career over a typical high school life was well worth it, as the 22-year-old Bloom, who initially did mostly commercial work and graduated early from the University of Southern California theater program, continues to stay focused on her aspiration to become the Asian Julia Roberts. In Model Minority, Bloom faces her very personal struggle to balance her Japanese and American cultures and stay true to herself.
Don’t miss the rest of our interview with the talented actress published in the Audrey Magazine summer issue. Don’t have a copy? Purchase one or subscribe here.
Audrey Magazine: How did you become involved with Project X and Model Minority?
Nichole Bloom: Project X was the first movie I had ever been cast in. Filming was so much fun. Model Minority was a great experience for me as an actor. I don’t know when I’ll get to… [play] a character that has such a huge story line and goes through so much. I met the director, Lily Mariye, the second time I went in to audition. I kind of already knew then that she wanted me for the role. That was an intense filming process. We did up to five scenes a day. It was a marathon.