Rachel Nichols is an actress, a former model, a sports fan, a foodie, a frequent traveler and an avid Twitterer. She is not, however, a reporter for ESPN given to undue amounts of hand gesticulations while talking. Well… that’s Rachel Nichols, too, actually. But a different one. The real Rachel Nichols, though — genuinely easygoing, and possessing of the developed personality of someone much uglier — is more apt to have names for her hands, actually.
Her latest project is the independent-minded A Bird of the Air, in which she plays a free-spirited librarian, Fiona, who upends the life of a solitary loner, Lyman (Jackson Hurst), when she takes it upon herself to help him track down the past owners of a parrot that randomly flies into his trailer. Recently, I had the chance to speak with Nichols one-on-one, about the movie, the work she put in to get her role, changing hair colors, and exactly why she calls her car Darth. The conversation is excerpted over at ShockYa, so click here for the entirely pleasant read.