EXCLUSIVE: Marisol Nichols on 'GCB' - "It’s Just Pure, Delicious, Guilty-Pleasure Television"

You know this half-Mexican actress from hit shows like 24, CSI, and Nip/Tuck. Now Marisol Nichols is turning on the charm for Good Christian Belles (GCB). Find out what she had to say about the new ABC show, growing up Latina in Chicago, and passing down family traditions below!

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What can viewers expect from the new series?

It’s a tongue-in-cheek show about the South. I would say it’s like Desperate Housewives meets Designing Women. It’s just pure, delicious, guilty-pleasure television.

What was the audition process like for you?

I thought to myself, “There’s no way anyone is going to cast me as a Southern belle.” I auditioned and then got the call that they loved me to come to a second audition. Then I was like, “Okay, now I want this.” I worked really hard to get this role.

What was your experience growing up Latina in Chicago?

I’m not going to lie; I was surrounded by Michelles and Kellys, so to speak. Growing up I just wanted to be like everyone else. I didn’t value or understand the beauty in being different at the time in my life. Now I’m grateful that I have this background and look the way I do. All of those experiences made me who I am today.

Was there a specific experience that helped you embrace your identity?

Every year my family and I would go visit my mom’s family in Texas. We would drive from Chicago to Texas and once we started to get towards San Antonio everyone looked like me! It was such a great feeling. Everyone had the same brown skin that I did. I would also help my grandma make homemade flour tortillas and tamales. I have so much pride in that.

Are there any traditions that you are passing down to your own family?

My daughter is three, so we are still figuring it out. [My family] did this thing where we would go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve, come back and eat and then open up one gift. It was really great because we got to stay up late and then pass out, eat again and open up more presents. I love those memories, so I’m sure as my daughter grows up we will pass down more of those traditions.

GCB airs Sundays at 10pm on ABC.