Nichole Bloom Once Saw Her Ethnicity As An Obstruction In Career
Nichole Bloom, actress of the NBC sitcom Superstore has reverted to the name she was born with. The American actress and model claimed that her mixed ethnicity created some obstacles in her acting career, and shall henceforth be known professionally by her real name.
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Nichole's Parents Are From Two Different Ethnic Backgrounds
Nichole, who is known for her playing Cheyenne in NBC's sitcom Superstore, was born to an Irish father, Kevin Kelly O'Connor, and a Japanese mother, Kinuko Mizuna, in Santa Clara County, California, on December 15, 1989. Ever since she was a young girl, Nichole was always interested in acting and had even begged her parents to find an agent who would help her pursue an acting career in Hollywood.
Her parents were very supportive from the beginning, so much so, that they even moved to Los Angeles so she could pursue a career in acting.
The Actress Saw Her Ethnicity As A Hindrance To Her Career
Although she likes being of mixed ethnicity, in a recent Instagram post, the actress stated that it was hard to pursue acting as a career because she didn't seem either Asian or White. And because of her mixed background, as she was told by her agent, would make it tough for her to be cast in Hollywood.
Still, her first shot arrived at age 20 when she got a role in a studio comedy. Ironically, she then lost the job, not because of her ethnicity but because the producers of the comedy thought she was shy. Hence, the role wound up going to a white actress instead.
At the same time, she was finding it hard to get decent acting gigs, which further made her believe that her Japanese roots was a barrier to her career. So, she decided to change her last name from 'Sakura' (which means cherry blossom in Japanese) to 'Bloom' and dropped her Irish middle name, O'Connor.
Nichole's Journey Of Rising Towards Fame
The actress's debut movie was Everyday (2010), after which she made an appearance in other movies like Carpool (2011), ModelMinority (2012), and Project X (2012) — the latter of which increased her popularity. The movie was a box-office success and grossed just over 100 million dollars against a spending of just 12 million.
On television, besides working on Superstore, Nichole had a recurring role as Amanda on Shameless from 2014 to 2016. Besides that, she has also made appearances on hit series like Teen Wolf (2014) and Grey's Anatomy (2014).
More so, as Superstore is wrapping up its run with the final season, NBC network is looking to extend the franchise with Bo & Cheyenne, a proposed spinoff written by Superstore co-executive producers Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu. Should the proposed spin-off get the green light, it would star Nichole and recurring co-star Johnny Pemberton in the lead.
Along with acting, Nichole has also led her career as a model and has appeared in various commercials for American Apparel.
It is a bit ironic that the Japanese roots that the actress was initially hesitant about is the very thing that she is fully embracing now as she heads towards success.