I’ve admired Nikki since Hairspray. She really embodies the attitude and theme of the film of self-love and valuing who you are. Hairspray has moved beyond cult-classic and is now an iconic film that is as relevant now as when it was first made and first made before that. Nikki is again breaking barriers when she recently came out on TikTok. Not only that, she is blowing up not only there but on her Podcast.
MS) What made you get on TikTok?
NB) I started a TikTok because I saw how much fun everyone was having on the app and I wanted in on the fun. It has not disappointed!
MS) What has the reaction been to you coming out on TikTok?
NB) The reaction to me coming out on TikTok has been awesome. People have been very kind and supportive but like with anything there have been a few comments that weren’t the nicest but that wasn’t about to ruin my coming out and the life that I was shown by so many people. What touched me the most were fans reaching out letting me know they were inspired by my coming out to do the same and the difference it was making in their lives.
MS) I read an interview once where Alfonso Ribiero said something like, “people didn’t forget about the Tap Dance Kid until Fresh Prince”. Is there any role that you think can be bigger than Hairspray was for you?
NB) I think there are roles coming up in my career that can be as grand as Tracy for me and make as important of an impact on people and myself so I’m excited to play them and explore new sides of the craft and myself.
MS) Does Hairspray ever “bore” you? Do you ever get tired of singing the songs?
NB) I can honestly say I never tire of the songs. I sing them daily in my cameos and they make me light up and make me move just as much now as they did back then. The music of hairspray is the driving force behind the movie and I’m so honored every day that I get to belt out “Good Morning Baltimore” or any of the amazing tunes that make up the soundtrack.
MS) I understand you’re on Long Island. Can you live in a sense of anonymity or do you constantly get recognized?
NB) Living on Long Island I do get some privacy and it’s nice. I can sometimes go unrecognized but then there are days where I’m just going to the corner store and then I get DMs from fans asking if I was just there because someone recognized me. It’s a good balance between getting recognized and going under the radar.
Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay! #pride #imcomingout #hairspray
Bio: Nikki Blonsky is an American actress best known for her starring role as Tracy in the 2007 film Hairspray. The role earned her several prestigious award nominations, including a Golden Globe nom. She has also starred in movies such as Queen Sized, a Lifetime original movie, ABC Family original series, Huge and Geography Club. Most recently, Nikki has launched her own podcast, Nikki Nights, where she talks with celebrities and industry professionals about current issues, quarantine, pop culture, and anything else on their minds!