Danielle Nicolet is one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood. In a career spanning nearly three decades, she has portrayed a wide variety of roles in many movies and TV series. One of them is the comedy/drama series, Born Again Virgin. In it, she played the role of a middle-aged lady who swears to stay off relationships after having her heart broken several times. The show ran for two years and the actress was a fan favorite, largely due to her commanding lead performance.
Aside from being a TV and film actress, Nicolet is also a voice actress who has displayed her versatility in many video games and in the process, has garnered some award nominations to her name. With her mom also active in the film industry, it’s no surprise that Nicolet has worked her way up to be among the widely recognized American actresses today.
Hailing From An Arts Inclined Family Has Been Instrumental In Nicolet’s Success
Danielle Patricia Diggs was born on November 24th, 1973 to her parents Richard Diggs and Patricia Rose in Ashtabula, Ohio. She hails from a diverse family background; her father is African-American while her mother is reportedly Italian. While there is a dearth of information regarding her father, her mother is a noted actress and casting director. The actress has a brother named Rick who is equally in the movie industry but as a writer and producer.
Spending her formative years in Ohio, Danielle Nicolet followed in the footsteps of her mother and fell in love with acting at a young age. In order to improve her acting skills, Nicolet spent time watching several movies. However, acting was not her first love, Nicolet had more passion for gymnastics and initially sought a career in the sport. She became interested in gymnastics when she was in the first grade.
However, there was a snag; the American Midwest including Nicolet’s state of Ohio was not renowned for gymnastics, thus Nicolet, realized that if she was to succeed, she would have to move to a place where she would get better opportunities. As a result, her supportive family decided to take the bold decision of relocating to Southern California so their daughter could achieve her dreams of becoming an established gymnast.
In California, Danielle Nicolet flourished in gymnastics, but unfortunately, a knee injury ended her career before it fully took off. This would force Nicolet to revisit her passion for acting and with support from her family, she enrolled in acting classes.
From ABC’s Family Matters To Breakthrough with 3rd Rock From The Sun
Danielle Nicolet debuted on television at the age of 18 as Vonda Mahoney in the ABC sitcom, Family Matters. She followed it up with an appearance in two episodes of the 1992 biography musical series, The Jackson’s: An American Dream. The actress scored her first motion picture role as Debbie Luger in the 1993 action film, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, sharing screen space with Samuel L. Jackson and Emilio Estevez. The commercially successful movie which was a satirical take on the then-popular cop movie genre showcased Nicolet to a wider audience.
Her meteoric rise to stardom came in 1996 when she was cast in the Golden Globe award-winning NBC sitcom, 3rd Rock from the Sun. In it, she played the role of a student named Caryn and appeared in more than 40 episodes of the show between 1996 and 2001. Her striking depiction of the character ushered her to the spotlight and also, planted her firmly on a path to greatness.
Acrimony, The Flash and Other Notable Works
Since her big break in the year 1996, Danielle Nicolet has gone on to appear in several notable acting projects including Undressed (2000), Second Time Around (2004-2005), Alpha Males Experiment (2009), Born Again Virgin (2015-2016), and Central Intelligence (2016). In 2018, she was cast as Sara in Tyler Perry’s psychological thriller film, Acrimony which grossed $46 million at the worldwide box office on a production budget of $20 million.
Nicolet further starred as Tiffany in the 2020 film, Faith Based and has been playing the character of a district attorney named Cecile Horton in the multi-award-winning TV series, The Flash, since 2015. She has appeared in over 55 episodes of the superhero series which was premiered in North America in October 2014 on The CW; the show became the network’s second most-watched premiere after The Vampire Diaries in the year 2009.
Danielle Nicolet scored her first voice role as Sonnet in the 2010 video game, H.A.W.X.2. In the next year, she voiced Shaundi in Saints Row: The Third. In 2013, she lent her voice to four video games namely; Marvel Heroes, Saints Row IV, Grand Theft Auto V, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
Her brilliant acting skills displayed in Saints Row IV earned her two 2014 BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award nominations in the Best Female Vocal Performance in a Supporting Role and Best Female Ensemble categories in a Video Game. Danielle Nicolet subsequently lent her voice in other video games such as Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (2015), Mortal Kombat X (2015), and Lego Marvel’s Avengers (2016). More so, from 2015 to 2017, she was cast in seven episodes of the animated TV series, Da Jammies.
The Actress Is Married To A Professional Woodworker
The Central Intelligence actress is married to Michael “Mike” Kussman. There is a paucity of information on how they met and when they exchanged marital vows, however, many sources claim that the couple wedded in 2013. The couple has since remained married. Nicolet once revealed that during their courtship phase, they remained celibate.
Before meeting and marrying Mike, Nicolet had her fair share of bad relationships. She once disclosed that she was cheated on and treated badly by her ex-boyfriend. The bad experience forced her to take a break from dating in order to rediscover herself. It was also one of the reasons why she took sex out of the equation in her relationship with Mike.
Mike Kussman is an ardent furniture designer and woodworker who specializes in drawing, designing, and construction of fine custom bespoke tables and home furniture. He is the founder of SLTWTR Co., makers of handcrafted custom furniture situated in Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County, California.
While growing up, Danielle Nicolet’s husband fell in love with woodcraft by watching his father who is an engineer, build decks, furniture, and musical instruments. At first, he was trained by his father before he further got trained under the tutelage of Jack Phelps, and afterward, he became a licensed general contractor. His signature artwork is the Saltwater OG table.