“I was going to tweet on my first day of shooting, and they were like, ‘Absolutely not,'” Nichols tells TVLine. “Since then, I’ve had some time to get used to the phenomenon that is Teen Wolf, and I’m really excited to continue with it.
Read on for Nichols’ thoughts on the Desert Wolf, the list of Teen Wolf actors she’s excited to work with and what she was really expecting going into the show.
TVLINE | Part of that ‘phenomenon’ you mentioned is the fanbase. How have they been to you?
Insane, but also amazingly supportive, actually. I was a little scared because I started getting so many tweets after that first announcement — like, an insane outpouring from fans. So I thought, “Wow, people really love this show. … They’re going to hate me!” But they’ve been supportive: “I love you, but please don’t hurt Malia.”
TVLINE | As long as you’re not breaking up a major couple, I feel like you’re safe.
[Laughs] Well, I can’t imagine I’ll be doing that.
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TVLINE | Going into this, how much did they tell you about your character?
Nothing. Nothing. I didn’t audition with the right sides, so I had no clue what I was doing. All of my audition lines were from someone named Kate, who I now know. … So I got the part and came to set for that first scene, and I was like, “Who am I, exactly?” So they explained it all to me about a half-hour before we started shooting. They were like, “You’re the mother of Malia and you’re half-coyote, half-werewolf.” (Like, OK, but what does that mean?) I probably watched about 10 episodes after that, just to know who everybody is.
TVLINE | And what’s your impression of the show now that you’ve seen a few episodes?
It’s a great show. The production value is amazing. It’s very respectful of the audience, and I’m happy to be a part of it. To be honest, I was a little worried. The last thing I remember on MTV was … What was the show where all the people lived together?
TVLINE | The Real World?
Yes! That was the last thing I watched on MTV, because I’m so old I remember when MTV first came out. So I didn’t know what to expect. But honestly, Jeff Davis? Mad respect for him.
TVLINE | It’s definitely not the kind of show you’d expect to see on MTV.
I respect shows that don’t underestimate their audience. Audiences are very, very smart, and [Davis] respects that audience. You can tell with the writing, it’s very respectful. These characters are way more developed than the surface existence I was worried about.
TVLINE | So, let’s talk about Day 1. How’d that go?
It was very cool when I got on set. But the guy I was supposed to be shooting with [Seth Gilliam] wasn’t there. Like, he just wasn’t there. They told me, “Yeah, we’ve already filmed his part.” That’s never happened in my 20 years of acting. They told me, “Point the gun and pretend he’s here,” but I didn’t even know who “he” was. All I knew was that I was there to kill my daughter, and that was f—ing awesome in the land of evil-ness. But I start shooting again next week so I’ll find out what she’s really about.
TVLINE | Are you in Monday’s finale?
No, I actually thought my episode was the season finale; we all thought that. But then it changed, so I start shooting again next week. I didn’t meet any of the other actors except for Tyler Posey, who couldn’t have been nicer.
TVLINE | Which actors are you especially hoping to work with?
I’d kill to work with J.R. Bourne, that’d be wonderful. Just give me fight scenes, mess up my face, give me some claws and I’d be in heaven. I’m also looking forward to having scenes with Shelley Hennig, because I think those scenes are going to be really interesting. I’m sure I’ll interact with Tyler, and probably Stiles, since he seems to be sort of a caretaker of Malia. … And I haven’t finished Season 4, but if it Kate’s not dead, how much fun would it be to have that kind of war going on? [Editor’s note: very fun.]
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