STARRING ROLE IN The Good Doctor, How To Get Away With Murder, Pretty Little Liars, Narcos and Frequency.
RECURRING ROLE IN Bosch, The Flash and Being Mary Jane.
CITIES: Born in San Antonio; Lives in Los Angeles
ETHNICITY/RACE: Mexican American
EDUCATION: Stanford University with a BA in English
FAVORITE IG ACCOUNT: "I proposed to my wife in the island of Capri in Italy and I used a lot of the inspiration from the places on @itsbeautifulhere."
He was born in San Antonio and his father was in the military. His older brother went to Stanford before him and he followed suit. Initially, Nicholas was looking to pursue investment banking management/consulting, but his college hobby of theatre/improv had other plans. His hobby evolved to something more permanent that he could see himself doing for the rest of his life. Money wasn't motivation for him, it was doing something that made him happy so he moved to LA. "That was the biggest and best mistake of my career," he said.
IF YOU COULD GIVE A PIECE OF ADVICE TO A YOUNG LATINO/LATINA INTERESTED IN ACTING, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HIM/HER?
"Only pursue acting if you can't see yourself doing anything else. If you truly see yourself as a storyteller then realize that you are in service to the story and to the telling of it. We so often get caught up with how we come across or how we look...all these judgements rather than being of service to a story and realizing you are playing a part."
AS AN ACTOR, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY SO FAR?
"It would probably be the first time I was in a play and it was at Stanford. It was a Jose Rivera play and the act is called, "Gas", a political piece...maybe a 20-min monologue. I don't know if it has become longer as I've gotten older, but I swear it was 20 mins. It was my first theatre piece EVER. I remember sitting up in front of that audience and saying those words and feeling that trance that happens between you and a character. Sometimes for those brief moments you feel like it's happening again for the first time. That's what hooked me, it's almost like a drug. It's that perfect golf swing that you're always playing again and again trying to replicate. That is what acting feels alot like for me.
WHAT'S YOUR CONSTANT MOTIVATION & WHERE DOES IT ROOT FROM?
"The motivation changes in some way. Now I have this little girl...like everyone says she's my motivation, but honestly it's family. That's big motivation for me. When I was younger and single it was getting my mom everything that I felt she deserved in life. As I get older it's more about...making my family apart of that life and looking for places to celebrate with them. It's important to get motivated by constantly challenging yourself."
WHEN YOU THINK OF TEXAS, YOU THINK OF WHAT?
Barbacoa tacos and Big Red.
YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT SAN ANTONIO?
"People. There's always a feeling of brotherhood and support there! I have a lot of happy memories growing up there and the time my whole family has gone through places like Central Catholic [High School]. My dad and his brothers all went there and my brother went there too . We go back so far in that town, my dad's parents grew up there and it's been such a home for so long so it's hard not to go back and see the people."
FAVORITE QUOTE, BOOK OR SONG AT THE MOMENT? WHY?
"E. E. Cummings' here's to opening and upward. That's literally the quote that I love. I think it's a constant reminder for me to always be open and constantly look upward. You know positivity as well as being open to others. I think that I've never found more joy in my life when I've decided to love. Whether that means my wife or just the people in my life. When I choose love I feel like things get sweeter and sweeter."