From a gladiator in ancient Rome, to a CIA black ops agent tracking down people with special powers, and a self-righteous police lieutenant, Nick Tarabay has brought to life diverse and dynamic characters in film and television, emerging as “one to watch” in the entertainment industry. 

This year Nick can be seen in a handful of exciting projects. On the film front he appeared opposite Scott Eastwood, John Boyega, and Charlie Day in Universal Pictures’ Pacific Rim Uprising. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight, the film follows “Jake Pentecost” (Boyega), who reunites with “Mako Mori” (Rinko Kikuchi) to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival “Nate Lambert” (Eastwood) and 15-year-old hacker “Amara Namani” (Cailee Spaeny), against a new Kaiju threat.

In television, Nick joined the cast of The Expanse for SYFY during season two, and instantly became a fan favorite as “Cotyar,” former member of the UN Military in the Intelligence Division who is now a freelance security contractor and private intelligence operative. Nick returned to the show for season three, which picked up immediately following the emotional and suspenseful second season finale. The 13-episode third season finds Earth, Mars and The Belt at war, with each competing entity vying for control.

Nick may be best known, however, for his work on the critically acclaimed worldwide hit series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, starring as “Ashur,” a former gladiator whose intelligence, resourceful ways, and strength helped catapult him high in the ranks in ancient Rome. He went on to reprise the role in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance.

Chillin' with Nick Tarabay

Chillin’ with Nick Tarabay

Photo by Amanda Ramón | Grooming by Crystal Tran | Styling by Brandon Nicholas

Tell us a bit about some of your recent projects?

I can be seen in Pacific Rim Uprising as well as Syfy’s, The Expanse. I also have a few big upcoming projects, but I can’t talk about them just yet! I’m always busy and very grateful!

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

I work out, swim, catch up with friends, smoke cigars, watch movies … But two things I like to do a lot whenever I can, are read and walk. I find extreme peace and calmness when doing either one. Also, I feel like it’s a great way to exercise your imagination.

Chillin' with Nick Tarabay

Chillin’ with Nick Tarabay

Photo by Amanda Ramón | Grooming by Crystal Tran | Styling by Brandon Nicholas

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

Terroni in Los Angeles. It’s been one of my favorite spots for years now. I know the owners and the managers, and they always take care of me. It’s got a great vibe.

What types of dishes do you usually order?

Steak or pizza.

Do you cook?

Not as much as I’d like, but yes.

Chillin' with Nick Tarabay

Chillin’ with Nick Tarabay

Photo by Amanda Ramón | Grooming by Crystal Tran | Styling by Brandon Nicholas

What types of drinks do you order when out?

Scotch, neat.

Do you prepare drinks at home?

If by preparing you mean pour myself or my guest a drink, then yes I do!

Do you own a home bar?

A mini bar. Right to the point.

Chillin' with Nick Tarabay

Chillin’ with Nick Tarabay

Photo by Amanda Ramón | Grooming by Crystal Tran | Styling by Brandon Nicholas

What is it stocked with?

Scotch, scotch, scotch, tequila and red wine.

What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

Scotch or sometimes an Old Fashioned.

Have you ever been a bartender?

Haven’t we all at some point?

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