Writer, producer and mother, Nikki DeLoach, is known for playing Lacey Hamilton in the critically-acclaimed series of Awkward for five seasons. Now with her latest role in brand new Christmas movie, Reunited At Christmas, set to premiere next month we sat down and got to know the woman who we all saw on everyone’s favorite, The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling.
Nikki DeLoach has gone through what she describes as her most challenging year to date this year and we found out how she juggles a busy acting career, two small children and a passion for women’s empowerment.
Your latest film, Truly, Madly, Sweetly just premiered! This was your first job after having your second child. How was it getting back into working?
It was both excruciatingly difficult and full of joy and fulfilling. Which I think is probably a perfect analogy to life, right? My second pregnancy was complicated, and the birth of my child was nothing short of traumatizing as he was born with a heart defect and had to undergo open heart surgery at 5 days old. He came home on oxygen for 6 months. I went back to work after he had come off oxygen, so leaving him to go back to work was extremely hard. However, it was also great to be able to do what I love to do while being surrounded by the loveliest humans on set. It was a much-needed break in what had been the most difficult year of my life to this point.
How is life being a Mother of two?
Hudson was the most wonderful, life-changing, heart opening thing I’ve ever done in my life. Bennett was the second. The two of them together make up my heart. Parenting two is equal parts, exhausting and exhilarating, maddening and jubilant. Being a mom is the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life. At the same time, it is hard. There’s not two of me, which is complicated when they both need you at the exact same time. However, one of the things that the last year taught me after our sweet addition, is that I can do anything. I am stronger than I ever thought I could be.
You are going to be a part of Hallmark Movies’ Miracles of Christmas – Reunited at Christmas. Can you tell us a little bit about this project?
Gladly! It’s about a family that hasn’t been together over the holidays for a long time. When the matriarch, Nana Madaline, passes away, she leaves behind a wish— for the whole family to spend one last Christmas together in the house they always stayed in over the holidays. It’s a true ensemble movie. This was very important to me. I wanted a family’s story to be told, and I really think it will resonate with our audience.
At the age of 12 you joined The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, to name a few. What do you remember about this time? Are you still in contact with any of your fellow club members?
I remember this time in my life as being exciting, fulfilling, full of fun and happy memories. This was a place where I was surrounded by peers— kids that had the same interests as me. So, in a way, I felt like I had found a home. It was also a place where I could learn and grow as an artist. It was like the best performing arts school ever created. I am still friends with a handful of my cast mates. It’s so nice because we went through something that very few people have experienced being on that show. It’s an exclusive club and I am so grateful that I got to be a part of it.
One of your most popular roles has to be Lacey Hamilton on Awkward. Are there any similarities between yourself and Lacey after playing her for quite some time?
Haha! Yes, there were similarities. Like Lacey, I have the best of intentions, I love my children more than anything else in this world. I had a complicated relationship with my mother, and I grew up in a place in the world where personal esthetics were overvalued. With that being said, I’ve never been so different from a character. Lacey and I were so opposite in so many ways. Especially in the execution of those foundational shared characteristics. I could never imagine telling my daughter to get a good job to help with her popularity! I miss playing her so much.
You are strongly involved in empowering women! Can you tell us a bit about your blog: “What We Are”, how it started and where the inspirations came from?
I think women are the bravest, strongest, most incredible beings. Every woman in my life is so inspiring. “What We Are” is certainly a labor of love that I also feel is really important. My co-founder, Jen Dede, and I became friends many years ago at a time in our lives where living in-authentically simply wasn’t an option anymore. We wanted to do the work to love ourselves unconditionally— the good, the sad, and the very, very messy. And we wanted to have the type of friendship that reflected that which meant being vulnerable and open about who we are and where we are in life. It was amazing! And then we began encouraging that in all our friendships, and now we belong to this beautiful community of women who all show up as is and are supported and loved. We wanted to create a space in the world where women everywhere could feel into that— a place where they could be their beautifully unfiltered selves and be celebrated for it.
You’re always so busy with your career! What can we expect to see from you next?
Besides “Reunited at Christmas” and “What We Are” I am back in developing mode— writing and producing. So, hopefully lots of great things soon. I also am a spokesperson for “The Alzheimer’s Association” and “Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.” This is something I am very dedicated to and fills up a lot of my time.
Here at BELLA our tagline is Beauty Defined by You. Can you tell us what beauty means to you?
My dear friend Madaline tells me that it is not our job to move through life being positive, instead it is our job to move through life being open. It’s true— without being open we miss out on all the good stuff, on everything that matters. So, that’s my answer… being open.
We absolutely loved getting to know Nikki and are so excited to have a cozy night in and watch the premiere of her brand-new film, Reunited at Christmas, which airs on November 21 on the Hallmark channel! You can keep up to date with all things Nikki by following her Instagram @nikdeloach.
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