Because I Said So! When she set her sights on acting, her mother reacted with a firm "absolutely not!" Luckily for Nicola, who has seven siblings, the pleas paid off: "Mom thought it was just a phase, but she's supportive now."
Theater Geek: After appearing off-Broadway in the drama Blackbird, she landed a lead role in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender and will next star opposite Rob Pattinson in Unbound Captives.
She puts her career on ice for... hockey! "I'm definitely a tough girl," she says.