Nichole Bloom is an elegant American actress and model with mixed heritage who rose to stardom with her striking portrayal of Amanda in the dramedy, Shameless. She has also portrayed a wide variety of roles in many popular movies and TV series, including Project X, Teen Wolf, Grey’s Anatomy, and Superstore.
Somehow, her mixed descent has brought a lot of confusion on the exact way to classify her, whether as a Caucasian or an Asian. Having grown into herself and embraced who she really is, Nichole now chooses to be identified by her Japanese name, Sakura.
Inside Nichole Bloom’s Mixed Background
Nichole Bloom hails from a family of four. Her father is Irish American and his name is Kevin Kelly O’Connor. Her mother, on the other hand, is Japanese and her name is Kinuko Mizuno. The actress also has an elder brother named Michael. She was born as Nichole Sakura O’Connor on December 15th, 1989, in Santa Clara County, California, and spent her formative years in Bay Area, San Francisco.
She obtained her high school diploma from Santa Susana High School and attended the University of Southern California where she studied theatre. Bloom was quite an exceptional student and received her B.A. in visual and performing arts studies in just three years. Nichole Bloom first fell in love with acting when she was quite young. As a child, she loved nothing better than doing funny voices and recreating movie/TV characters.
She, therefore, begged her parents to help her get an agent. Thankfully, her parents were quite supportive of her ambitions and when she was 14, they relocated the entire family to Los Angeles so that she could get better opportunities. In Los Angeles, Bloom took drama classes to hone her skills and also got an agent. Her agent, however, warned her that she would have to work extra hard to make it in Hollywood due to the fact that she was of mixed-race.
The Impact Of The Actress’ Mixed Descent On Her Acting Career
In Hollywood, history depicts that people of mixed ancestry rarely score great roles. In order to land big roles in acting projects and perfectly blend into the system, Nichole Sakura O’Connor adopted the stage name, Nichole Bloom. With her professional name, she was able to score several lead roles in many commercially successful acting projects, including Project X, Model Minority, and Shameless.
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I get asked a lot of questions about my name, and now to add to confusion I just changed it back to Nichole Sakura 🤗Thought I would share why: Being half Japanese, my mom’s side always felt like a prominent part of my identity. As a kid, I was called Sakura at home, brought bento boxes to school, and loved visiting my relatives in Nagoya. When I arrived in LA as a teenager to pursue acting, I was told by my first agent that getting cast would be a challenge for me because I didn’t fit into any one category- I didn’t seem Asian or White enough. The fact that I wasn't able to book roles enforced this perspective in me. I began to look at my Japanese side as a hindrance to my career, and something that would lessen my odds of getting work. So I stopped using my middle name and picked the last name Bloom to seem as ambiguous as possible and downplay my Japanese side. (Bloom was born out of Sakura, which means Cherry Blossom). Whether this “worked” to my benefit or not, I don't know. I’m still finding my place in an industry that is now beginning to include more people of color and mixed backgrounds. However, as I’ve grown into myself and my career, I’ve come to feel more and more how important it is to embrace who I am, including my name. So call me Nichole Sakura from now on 🙃🌸
However, on August 14th, 2020, the comely actress announced through her Instagram handle that she has changed her name back to Nichole Sakura. Having put aside her Japanese name in the past and went by the stage name, Nichole Bloom in order not to encounter the same difficulties people of mixed descent pass through in securing roles, she has now decided to take on her birth name Sakura which means Cherry Blossom.
Following Nichole’s realization of the need for her to embrace who she is, including her name, she now beckons on people to begin to address her as Nichole Sakura henceforth. Likewise, the actress has changed her Twitter and Instagram accounts from Nichole Bloom to Nichole Sakura.
She Made Her Acting Debut On The Big Screen In 2010
Nichole Bloom landed her first role in 2010 in the short independent film, Everyday. After that, she appeared in yet another short indie film, Carpool, in 2011. The Bay Area native finally rose to the limelight in 2012, thanks to the comedy movie – Project X. The film revolves around three friends, Thomas, Costas, and J.B., whose plans to throw an epic party goes awry. Bloom played the role of J.B.’s girl and even though the movie received poor reviews, it was nevertheless popular with the viewing public as it grossed $102.7 million on a budget of just $12 million.
Since her breakthrough on Project X, Nichole Bloom has appeared in other movies such as Full Circle, Man Up, Teenage Cocktail, Lazer Team 2 and Model Minority. In Model Minority, Bloom played the lead role of Kayla Tanaka, an aspiring artist who becomes involved with drug dealers after the fallout from her dysfunctional family. The film received several awards, including a best narrative feature at the 2012 Asian American International Film Festival and best micro-budget feature at the 2013 London Independent Film Festival.
Additionally, Bloom received the best newcomer award (special jury prize) at the 2012 VC FilmFest Los Angeles Asian Pacific Festival. As a voice actress, Nichole Bloom lent the voice of Emily in the 2015 horror-thriller video game, Until Dawn, starring alongside Hayden Panettiere, Peter Stormare, Rami Malek, and Brett Dalton. Other films she has featured in include Self Promotion (2015), and Nice Girls (2017).
Nicole Has Scored Many TV Roles Since She First Appeared On The Small Screen
Apart from her movie appearances, Nichole Bloom has a good number of TV credits under her belt. She debuted on television in 2014 by appearing as Rinko in two episodes of Jeff Davis’ multi-award-winning action-drama TV series, Teen Wolf. So far, she has been featured in several reputable TV series which include Grey’s Anatomy (2014), Shameless (2014-2016), and OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes (2017-2019).
The beautiful actress is currently cast in two television series namely; Robot Chicken, and Superstore. The latter is an NBC sitcom about the employees at a fictional store known as Cloud 9. On the show, Bloom plays the role of Cheyenne, a pregnant high schooler who is an associate at the store. Her character later gives birth and subsequently marries her baby’s father. Superstore has received high ratings and positive reviews with Variety describing it as a “funny, pointed, and essential workplace comedy”.
She Has a Lifelong Dream Of Becoming a Filmmaker
Over the years, Nichole Bloom has made it clear that she hopes to be a filmmaker someday. While growing up, she and her brother made a lot of short films and interestingly, she still retains that passion for filmmaking. The young lady is already working towards her dreams as she has a short film to her credit titled Kiko in America. The short comedy revolves around a girl who relocates from Japan in order to make a living in Los Angeles. Bloom not only co-directed the film but also wrote the script.
Unfortunately, her maternal relatives who reside in Nagoya, Japan, are not advantaged to see her outstanding works in the film industry. Her mother, who has always supported her from the get-go, watches her on television but due to her old-fashioned conservative nature, manages to watch certain scenes of hers only once.
Who Is The Man In Nichole Bloom’s Life?
Nichole Bloom is one of those celebrities who love to separate their professional and personal lives, preferring to keep the latter under wraps. Since she hit the spotlight, many (especially her male fans) have been curious to know who her love interest is.
Ok my bf is born in aug 25 and there are so many famous bdays on that day, and the only famous person with my bday is Nero and a bunch of instagram models 😕
— Nichole Sakura (@NicholeSakura) June 22, 2018
Having kept her love life secret for several years, the American actress surprised her fans on June 22nd, 2018, when she tweeted that her boyfriend was born on August 25th and that was the only hint on her mystery boyfriend, as well as her dating life. Apart from that, there is a dearth of information regarding her current relationship status as no one knows whether she is married, engaged, or single.