Rachel Nichols Talks CONAN THE BARBARIAN, G.I. JOE 2, and CRIMINAL MINDS
Published: March 3, 2011 - 1:49pm
The actress recently sat down with the New York Post to discuss her new full time role on the CBS series Criminal Minds plus a little bit about G.I. Joe 2 and the Conan the Barbarian remake.
When Nichols first appeared on Criminal Minds it was to be as a guest starring role but it quickly turned into a full time gig; “they’re stuck with me now,” the actress joked. Her last TV role was on the series Alias which starred Jennifer Garner.
“...that’s a huge family. I mean, they were the nicest people. You truly think that can’t happen twice – especially with the schedule of a one-hour drama, but after one episode I wanted to spend years with these people. Luckily they came back and asked me to join the BAU – it was the best Christmas gift ever. I was thrilled.”
In Criminal Minds Nichols plays newbie Ashley Seaver, who's father is a serial killer who was caught by characters Hotchner and Rossi when she was 18. In regards to playing the role she says she loves “playing women who have something extraordinary in their life.”
While she admits to not being a fan of her G.I. Joe action figure but she did love the role and is hoping for a rematch with co-star Sienna Miller. “I need to win! I was complaining that the good girl gets her butt kicked, but the [producers] kept telling me – "in the sequel, you win!" I think it could just be “G.I. Joe 2: Scarlett vs. Baroness.” That’s all it’ll be, just the two of us fighting.” She also mentions that everyone remains “tight-lipped” about the upcoming sequel and has yet to see a script for G.I. Joe 2.
Nichols will be in the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot. She will go fist to cuffs with co-star Rose McGowan who plays her nemesis, Marique, stating she's “the bad girl to my good girl. We have a fight scene and she is after my blood. Let me tell you, her make-up is unreal. I mean, Rose is barely recognizable under all these prosthetics. It’s quite cool.”
She continues to say that even though her fight with McGowan is a good one she still feels it doesn't compare with her catfight in G.I. Joe:
“I should probably say the savvy thing -- that “Conan” is better ... but it’s not. I’m so sorry! Sienna and I had the dopest chick fight ever. Mine with Rose is much shorter. I mean, Baroness & Scarlet fought on elevators! I think that is going to be my favorite scene ever … until we make them give us a better one in “G.I. Joe 2!”