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After Ellen: "Fringe" Benefits: A Conversation with Jasika Nicole
Jasika Nicole, 28, an F.B.I. agent on “Fringe,” a new Fox drama, said that as bigger parts became available, her manager, John Essay, sat her down and asked how public she wanted to be about being a lesbian.
Jasika Nicole, right, and her partner, Claire Savage.
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“If it becomes exaggerated,” he said, “you just become the gay actress instead of a wonderful actress.”
Ms. Nicole, who has a girlfriend, said she would just be herself.
Now, as she becomes better known, “There’s no way I can keep quiet,” she said. “I want to be clear this is my partner. I don’t want to make that shameful in any kind of way.”
AE: Are you filming now in October?Clutch Magazine: Life on the Fringe: An Interview with Jasika Nicole
JN: Yes, we are starting Episode 9, I believe, this week, and of course we got picked up for the back nine episodes. So in January, we will finish our 22-episode season. We’re not even quite halfway through yet, which is really exciting. I can’t wait to find out what else is going to happen!
AE: Where do you film?
JN: We film in Long Island City in Queens, at Silvercup Studios East. It’s very close, which is wonderful. I didn’t have to move away from New York City.
C: So… Astrid Farnsworth? Really, that’s this sister’s name? You really don’t look like an Astrid. You should be wearing really tiny glasses or something.
JN: You know why that’s cool? It makes her name super memorable.
C: Despite the fact that Walter (John Noble as Dr. Walter Bishop) can never remember her name.
JN: Actually, I just made the connection that she has such an unusual name, yet Walter STILL can’t remember it. In rehearsal the other day, Walter called my character Afro. Which was great, but he said “NO, they’ll come knocking down my door and they’ll think I’m a racist!” [laughs] I think it would be awesome, considering I kind of have an afro.