GO! Presents 100 Women We Love: Class of 2024

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August 6, 2020

Jasika Nicole

Photo by Robin Roemer.

How has being out affected Jasika Nicole’s career? “I truly don’t know,” she tells GO. “It’s the same as asking me how being black has affected my work — it’s hard to tell because I haven’t ever been anything else, so I haven’t experienced anything else.” As an actress, she recognizes that more roles go to cisgender, straight white women, but Nicole also understands how her identity as a biracial queer woman has afforded her privileges others don’t get, considering she is cisgender, light-skinned, and able-bodied. “Yes, I have been discriminated against because of my race and my sexuality, but I have no right to complain about these things if I can’t also recognize the advantages I have had which have allowed me to forge a successful career in film and TV,” she tells GO. And Nicole has found success, landing roles in high-profile TV shows like “Fringe” and “The Good Doctor.” She’s also voiced the protagonist Keisha in the hit podcast “Alice Isn’t Dead”, which chronicles a truck driver’s surrealist search for her missing wife. The most rewarding aspect of her career, Nicole says, is that she is always learning and being challenged. “As an actor, I can only portray a character through the lens of my own history and experience, and since our lives and world are ever-evolving, it means that my perspective is, too. I could play the same character at various moments in my life and the performance would be different every single time.” —RK

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