Starring in a number of prominent roles in her versatile career, actress Nicki Micheaux is taking a new direction with the horror crime caper film Lowlife, which critics have called a mix of Pulp Fiction and Breaking Bad.

Micheaux plays “Crystal,” a recovering addict desperate enough to arrange a black-market kidney transplant to save her husband’s life.

When she’s not working, Micheaux gives her time and energy to the fight against poverty worldwide as an ambassador for Oxfam. She takes the time to share her inspirational life story through motivational speaking, touching on subjects such as family, spirituality, and embracing your dreams. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her two children.

Chillin' With Nicki Micheaux, jeans and tall boots on stool

Chillin’ With Nicki Micheaux

Photo by Bobby Quillard

Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.

Lowlife is a wild Pulp Fiction style movie. Some say it’s “Breaking Bad meets Pulp Fiction.”

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

I like to relax at home or go to the movies. I enjoy busy weekends doing kid stuff. We’re big into sports! Track, soccer, etc. Every weekend we’re always doing something!

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

Lately I’ve been into this dive bar because they’ve got homemade potato chips! I think I’m sort of taking a break from all the healthy eating I was doing for a while.

What types of dishes do you usually order?

I love chicken and salmon dishes. I do have this thing about trying the calamari anywhere I go. Always looking to see who’s got the best.

Chillin' With Nicki Micheaux, red dress and white chair

Chillin’ With Nicki Micheaux

Photo by Bobby Quillard

Do you cook?

Yes! I love to cook. I cook very simple food. I like to let the flavor of the ingredients stand out—also it’s better for staying fit.

What types of drinks do you order when out?

Either a Sauvignon Blanc, Kentucky Mule, or a Moscow Mule.

Do you prepare drinks at home?

At home, I usually will drink wine with my dinner.

Do you own a home bar?

Sort of …

Chillin' With Nicki Micheaux, legs crossed, black couch in flat

Chillin’ With Nicki Micheaux

Photo by Bobby Quillard

What is it stocked with?

Mostly it’s left over alcohol from parties I’ve had before. Or from some random recipe. I’ve had a bottle of peppermint schnapps for years!

What would your dream bar be like?

First off, locked up so the kids can’t get into it. I’d love to have a few scotches—from different years. I’d love to have the flavored Macallan. I really enjoyed it when I was in Scotland. Then of course, I don’t know why, but scotch always seems to go with cigars.

What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

I go through moods. Vodka, tequila—I’m always into a good tequila chilled with squeezed lime.

Have you ever been a bartender?

No. But I was a cocktail waitress for years at a tequila bar. Hence, my love for tequila!

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