Worked this week, and I took terrible trailer selfies, and zero pics of our director #jonstewart or cast #stevecarrell #rosebyrne #chriscooper #tophergrace #mackenziedavis #debramessing and so many more wonderful actors. I did have a super fun time, and also received this cute welcome gift. Super pleased to see the charitable donation to @teamrubicon from Focus Features. Cool move. This movie is going to be SO FUNNY and SO GREAT! Happy to be a part of it! . . . #irresistiblemovie #actorlife #gratefulheart ... See MoreSee Less
Audition faces. I love when I get to act - even if it’s just in the audition. . . . #gratefulheart #actorlife #thisismine #tvactress #filmactress #selftape #actorhustle #jennikolaisen #playpretend ... See MoreSee Less
In honor of #internationaldanceday I present a #bts of an impromptu #throwback family dance video featuring myself, my son, my niece and sis. What else is there to do when Washington is so cold and socked-in that you can’t even see Snoqualmie Falls through the fog? ... See MoreSee Less
#fbf to a trailer selfie. Pretty sure this is from one of the three AT&T commercials I shot many moons ago. Love, love, love when professionals handle my hair and makeup. Happy Friday all! Have a great weekend! . . . #actorlife #actresslife #setlife #trailerselfie #commercialactress #curls #jennikolaisen #gratefulheart ... See MoreSee Less
Mood. Sometimes you book a part that you really, really want to do for a variety of reasons, but you really just can’t work it out - for a variety of reasons. Sometimes you can’t have it all at the exact same time. And that’s okay. You can have peace with that. Especially after a small cry, and a couple bowls of Lucky Charms. I basically haven’t changed at all since this #tbt pic. . . . #cryitout #luckycharms #actorlife #actressmomlife #filmactor #worklifebalance #prioritize #therewillbeothers #onaroll #eatmyfeelings #handmedownstyle ... See MoreSee Less
Who had their first audition in Atlanta and is terrible at taking pictures? You found her! . . . #actorlife #actresslife #filmactress #postaudition #nailedit #jennikolaisen #thumbsup #gogetit #happythankyoumoreplease ... See MoreSee Less
This short film about post-combat PTSD named 22 because 22 veterans commit suicide every day was just awarded Best Drama Short and Best Indie Short at the Independent Short Awards. Congratulations to Director @tommyhuge DP @jamie_didcoate and my pal @claynecrawford Proud to be a part of this. . . #22veteranscommitsuicideeveryday #ptsd #helpourveterans #shortfilm #independentfilm #filmactress #jennikolaisen ... See MoreSee Less
Spotted: Me. On Shutterfly. That man is not my Grandpa, but another print model who, I assume, agreed to a Stock Photography shoot without having any idea the photos would still be used 12 years later and everywhere! Thanks to Linda L. for sharing this! . . . #stockphotography #shutterfly #bdaycards #printmodel #actorlife #lovetohug #jennikolaisen #wheresjen ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday we decided to take Aiden into a nearby arcade called Funspot. As we pulled up, I realized it was THAT Funspot - from my favorite documentary of all time: “King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters.” I freaked out and geeked out the entire time. Sooo giddy. If you know the film, you understand why. If you don’t know the film, do yourself a favor and find it! . . . #funspotnewhampshire #kingofkong #teamweibe #steveweibe #billymitchell #donkeykong #jennikolaisen #crazysynchronicity #crazycoincidence #fangirl @ Laconia, New Hampshire ... See MoreSee Less
#tbt to my last visit to Seattle (2017) and dancing the night away (i.e., past 11 pm - because I’m a mom now and that is LATE) with some of my best girlfriends - including this amazing one right here. Meet Alli. She is one of the most thoughtful and generous and caring people I’ve ever encountered. Everyone who knows her would tell you she is one of the best people. She is so fun and funny and just a light to be around. I dig her. She has also been an incredible cheerleader in my life, a source of strength and wisdom. She has kept me looped into our core group of friends for the many years I’ve been away. She always hosts my return visits and plans get togethers. She has visited me in LA a number of times, including when my Aiden was brand new and she wanted to help out and let me take naps. She is also the bravest woman I know - fighting cancer for 8.5 years now with all of her might. If anyone can beat this, I believe it’s her.
If you’ve read this far, will you help me inspire Alli to smile by posting something happy or funny or silly with the hashtag #forallihanson ? Please and thank you. A million thank you’s.
#forallihanson #fuckcancer #fuckmelanoma #getyourannualskincheck ... See MoreSee Less
A little post-audition selfie. Going to miss auditioning in this town. It’s been a lovely experience getting to know the casting and actors in Boston. Now I head home to pack. . . . #actorlife #auditionlife #jennikolaisen #bostoncasting ... See MoreSee Less
Jen Nikolaisen, Actress: NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Jen Nikolaisen was born as Jennifer Nikolaisen. She is an actress and producer, known for NCIS (2003), Murder in the First (2014) and Southland (2009). She has been married to Jonas Spaccarotelli since 2014. They have one child. Sh...
#tbt to a #bts shot from a super fun comedy pilot written by @markshampton (that should have been picked up!) Walked away from this one with lovely friends including Mark, @brentmbailey @thatelaineloh , (all of which I’ve been lucky enough to work with again) and got to work with my beloved @gbird7 for the second (or third?) time. #gratefulheart . . . #actress #actorlife #tvactress #tvpilot #jennikolaisen #bluedress #spraytan ... See MoreSee Less
I don’t know what this picture is except I feel so happy and glow-y (that’s a thing) after a super fun shoot day yesterday that was unique and special in number of ways— including having my 4-year-old get to watch me at work (He loved it!), and getting to work with my husband for only the second time in 18 years. (Thank you #cpcasting ) I am in such gratitude that I felt compelled to post this weird glow-y picture to commemorate this residual actor high. I can’t wait to share the job and the cast and the director - probably a year from now. Stay tuned! 🙂 . . . . #actorlife #actresslife #filmactress #jennikolaisen #actorhigh #actorwin #momwin #actressmomwin #gratitude #gratefulheart ... See MoreSee Less
Wardrobe fitting. My #actorlife has certainly changed A LOT since taking on #momlife. First time carrying a sleeping kid into work. Eegads. . . #nda #secretjob #wardrobefitting #actresslife #actormom #actormomlife #jennikolaisen ... See MoreSee Less
This is the face I make when I don’t have to cook dinner. It’s also a #tbt to a fun shoot with @vaniepoyey I was four months pregnant during this shoot, but no one in “the biz” knew. Turns out, pregnancy glow is great for headshots! #themoreyouknow . . . #headshots #actorlife #actresslife #tvactress #filmactress #commercialactress #jennikolaisen #bigsmiles ... See MoreSee Less
My sweet boy took this photo of me enjoying the couch, a cartoon and some coffee. About five minutes after he took this, I turned off the cartoon and my sweet boy turned into a demon child. So glad I drank that coffee. I’m going to need the extra energy to perform the exorcism if this Time Out doesn’t work. . . . . #momlife #itsalwayscoffeetime #parentingwithcaffiene #jennikolaisen I did not choose this #purplecouch ... See MoreSee Less
#tbt to a #blackandwhite from a fun afternoon in Venice with @klkphotography . . . #actress #actorlife #blackandwhitephotography #filmactress #tvactress #commercialactress #jennikolaisen #zigzags #somuchhair ... See MoreSee Less
Wish I could be there too! . . #Repost @robertmachoian with @get_repost ・・・ So excited go have MOTHER MOTHER playing at Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival! Wish I could be there! @hhmfest @jen_nik #jennikolaisen ... See MoreSee Less
That’s me standing on top of a taxi cab! This pic is from the Audi commercial shoot and a scene that didn’t make it into the cut. Some fun facts:
I climbed up onto the roof of that taxi while holding that heavy box, AND wearing high heels, dozens and dozens of times during one of the shoot days. I was complimented all day about how badass I looked while doing it (awesome), but the voice in my head every single time I did it was, “Please don’t die.” (For real.)
I’m wearing pants one size too big the entire commercial to accomplish said stunt.
The stunt man in the lower corner of this picture played the bear in The Revenant. True story.
This commercial shoot was one of my favorite work experiences in recent memory. I absolutely adored this crew, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to play Anna in such an epic and fun commercial. On top of the professional experience, it’s fun when your work is so visible that it connects you to friends near and far, and some from long, long ago. What a lovely gift. Thank you to everyone who reached out with kind words. Your support is so appreciated.
I think this commercial’s run is over (for now) so if I am wrong and you see it, let me know! . . . #audi #promoteyourself #commercial #taxicab #fbf #bts #commercialactress #tvactress #filmactress #actorlife #jennikolaisen #wearingheelshouldbeconsideredstuntwork ... See MoreSee Less
Good people of Alabama, go see some good movies this week - including mine. 🙂 #Repost @lauraheberton with @get_repost ・・・ The fantastic Jen Nikolaisen stars in Mother Mother, directed by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, screening this week at Sidewalk Film Festival!! 🎉🎥Thanks, Rachel Morgan, Kiwi Lanier, Joi Tribble, Aaron Pinhas and the rest of your beautiful team!! @sidewalkfilm @kruegervoorhees @jen_nik #jennikolaisen @robertmachoian #rodrigoojedabeck @kirstibek Poster by @heymendoza #mothermother #shortfilm #sidewalkfilmfestival #birmingham #filmfestival #film #filmmakers ... See MoreSee Less
For #tbt (a.k.a. My weekly #oldheadshotday), here is an old favorite from @vaniepoyey. I love this shot and used it as my primary headshot forever. Memorably, I drank my first grape Nehi immediately after taking this making me feel connected to Radar O’Reilly. (If you don’t know the reference, you’re missing out.) . . . #jennikolaisen #actorlife #actresslife #commercialactress #filmactress #tvactress #headshots #grapenehi #vaniepoyeyphotography #radaroreilly #m*a*s*h ... See MoreSee Less
Spotted!: Thanks to April W. for finding this on Amazon today. I have more pics of me with my pretend Dad than I do of my own Dad and I. Where will these stock photos (taken about 11 years ago (earning a #tbt )) turn up next? ... See MoreSee Less
Sharing again if you want to listen. It's pretty fun!Had a super fun time as a guest on this podcast. Head over to Buzzsprout, Google, Spotify or iTunes to listen to me wax on for 50 mins about the business, my feelings about weather, nudity, deep dish pizza and upcoming projects. Buzzsprout www.buzzsprout.com/154991/728851