Interview: Nikki Cox
by Scott Juba
Published: February 4, 2005
“Las Vegas” is a show filled with glitz, glamour, and talented hot young stars. Therefore, it’s no wonder that Nikki Cox fits so well into the show. With eye-catching good looks and pure talent, Cox is one of television’s most promising young actresses. On “Las Vegas” she stars as Montecito event coordinator Mary Connell, who is the on and off love interest of Josh Duhamel’s character, Danny McCoy. “I just hope that my poor, sad character eventually ends up with Danny McCoy, who she’s been pining after for her whole life,” Cox says.
Fans hoping to see sparks fly between Danny and Mary got their wish in a recent episode in which the two shared an intimate bathtub scene. “Filming scenes like that are always odd,” Cox tells me, “but I feel comfortable with Josh and care about him a great deal, so it could be much worse [Laughs]. Scenes like that are just part of the job.”
Having been a part of the show since its inception nearly two years ago, the role of Mary Connell has inevitably become a significant part of Cox’s life, though she admits that Mary’s personality is quite different from her own. “Mary and I look eerily similar,” Cox jokes, “but other than that, the differences are pretty much night and day.”
For Cox, “Las Vegas” is a milestone in her career, because it marks the first time that she’s taken on a starring role in a drama series. Formerly known mainly as a comedic actress for her work on “Unhappily Ever After” and “Nikki”, Cox has enjoyed making the transition to TV drama. “To be perfectly honest, drama is a lot simpler than comedy,” Cox comments. “There’s a lot more room for error in drama. With comedy, if you mess up, you fall flat on your face. With drama there’s a lot more room to play.”
Besides giving Cox the opportunity to showcase her dramatic acting skills, “Las Vegas” allows her to work alongside not only a capable cast of regulars, but also a stellar lineup of guest stars. “We’ve had some really good guest stars,” Cox gushes. “But I have to go with Alec Baldwin as my favorite. He is so neat and such a movie star. He’s handsome and quirky. I was in heaven the week he was on the set.”
With her charisma and simple charm it seems as if Cox was born to rub elbows on screen with Hollywood greats. “Acting is the only thing I ever really wanted to do, and I’m really ill-prepared to do anything else,” she admits. “The only other thing that interested me as a kid was being a bricklayer. So if I hadn’t become an actress, I would probably be a bricklayer [laughs].”
By far the most humble person I’ve interviewed, despite drawing acclaim for her work on “Las Vegas” and appearing in countless magazines, Cox refuses to label herself as a celebrity. “You’re asking the wrong girl about fame,” she modestly remarks. “I’m hardly famous.”
While Cox may be unwillingly to acknowledge her growing celebrity status, she isn’t shy about revealing the fact that she lives a happy, fulfilling life. “I wouldn’t want to trade places with anyone else,” Cox tells me. “I think I’m as content as one can be.” And that is the truest measure of success.
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