Looking back, do you have anything you wish you knew or would have done differently? I think my downfall was that I was so naive and trusted everybody.
I was given a ring by my grandmother as a young girl and I've cherished it ever since. I was inspired by that family heirloom and created a collection of jewelry for the Home Shopping Network. I brought my uncle onto the red carpet premiere of and a few months later he was gone. One of my last memories I have of him is looking up at him at the New York premiere and seeing him look down at me and just saying, "I'm proud of you, kid." That is one of the most defining moments of my life. That must have been extremely difficult for you and your family. It was very volatile and I was struck a number of times. When somebody's hands are around your throat and you think that it's the end, you don't know where turn. The minute he released me, I left him and never went back.
I am about to start shooting a film with a very famous Wedding Crasher and am rehearsing for my role in Lisa Lampanelli’s off-Broadway show is a fun coming-of-age LGBTQ story. One of the highlights of my life, was performing at the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco.
There are good people in this business, though—people who are really there to help you and are willing to fulfill promises rather than just leave them empty. I think Hollywood saw me as a sweet 17 year old girl who had a dream: that was Tracy. We don't hit you over the head with the message, but we sing you the message. I pray, and get so excited to hear about schools around the country performing the show. I think he's a president that wants to get a lot of headlines.
We were both plus size, we both come from loving families, we both want to sing, dance and live our lives, but there's a lot more to me. The message of unity and integration is something we need right now. There are people being killed in this country for standing up against hatefulness. Our grandparents have gone through it and now we're going through it. He needs to realize he's not a hotelier anymore—he's in charge of a country.
I remember stepping out there and literally seeing thousands of gay men with my face (as Tracy Turnblad) on sticks. They have been there for me through thick and thin and I am so humbly grateful.
They were all singing "Good Morning Baltimore." I didn't know I was that well endowed! Who is the Nikki Blonsky you want the world to know? reports that in 2011 Blonsky worked for a brief period at a shoe store in New York City and was later hired as a cosmetologist at a hair salon in her hometown of Great Neck on Long Island, New York. She recently worked on a drama film titled Dog Years, along with stars such as Modern Family actress Ariel Winter and Burt Reynolds: Making movie magic and creating once in a lifetime incredible memories #ONSET with the legendary #Burt Reynolds!#Lucky Lady Iam #Amazing Costar Amazing Best Friend #Wait Till You See This One #Set Life #Fav Movie #DOGYEARS #Dog Years The Movie #Love This Man With All My Heart A photo posted by Nikki Blonsky (@nikkiblonsky) on My favorite part of my birthday hands down was hearing from this incredible man, John.Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Lilli Vanessi-Katherine in Kiss Me Kate; and the title role in Carmen.Tracy Turnblad—a bubbly, beehived teenager that fights for stardom and rallies against racial segregation on a local Baltimore TV show.A lot of people promise you everything; and when you expect that it's going to come and it doesn't, it's a big let down. As a woman, and as an American, we want to be treated as equals to men.