Living between two cities may seem like a stressful lifestyle to maintain but for Nicole G Leier, it is a necessary way of life. Working in the film industry, Nicole finds it necessary to be flexible and juggles auditions and projects in Hollywood, California, as well as in her hometown of Vancouver.
BLUSHVancouver first introduced the Nicole G Leier – multi-talented actor, director, writer, producer and incredibly dedicated to the business of film – last July, to our readers, when she had just wrapped Black Chicks with Neil LaBute and with VIFF on now until mid-October, we thought a catch-up was in order.
Welcome back! Are you having a good time in Vancouver? Back for business or pleasure or both?
It’s such a great time to be in Vancouver right now. Not only am I in Christopher Shinn‘s, Now or Later for the Canadian Debut, running through to mid-November at PAL… but….. it’s VIFF!
If you could recommend 3 films to our readers, which would they be?
The first of the screenings that I’m truly excited to see is Mixed Matched. Not only is Jeff Chiba Stearns a long time friend and a wonderful director, his film cannot be missed as it addresses the complex nature of genetics. This film opened my heart and I hope that it will do the same those who see it. We can all help save lives with the knowledge we gain from seeing this film. Secondly, I am looking forward to seeing is The Intestine. It looks super gritty and I love films that explore uneasy moods. It stars Melanie Scheiner as the female lead, as well, it looks hardcore – it is one not to be missed. It is so hard to pick a third, as there are so many amazing films debuting, but I think I will recommend Werewolf. This film intrigues me because of its story of two methadone addicted actors, played by Andrew Gillis and Bhreagh MacNeil, dealing with life and is set in Cape Breton. The drama is compelling and explores of the cycle of addiction and poverty.
Living between LA and Vancouver must be difficult, how have you managed? Any tips to share?
The fight time between Los Angeles and Vancouver is a mere 2.5 hours, actually making it possible to be at appointments in both cities in one day if necessary. I have LAX and YVR airports mapped out in my head and that makes for a smooth transition between cities. I also use a Nexus Pass and never check a bag – which saves so much time on both ends of my journey. Cuts down airport time by almost half.
In Vancouver, you call the West End home. What is it about downtown living that you enjoy?
The West End neighborhood is so vibrant and densely populated, which means the area has some of the greatest restaurants and cafes in the city. I am also so close to Stanley Park and enjoy the Seawall for jogging, biking, people-watching. Very peaceful yet insiring.
How does this differ from your LA home?
In Los Angeles, I live in West Hollywood, otherwise known as WeHo. It is a very central neighborhood in Hollywood, with views of the city, the hills, and the famed Hollywood sign. It is also home to the Sunset Strip and the atmosphere in West Hollywood is much more frenetic compared to my West End place.
What advice do you have for other Vancouver based actors who find themselves needing to live between two cities?
Maintaining a lifestyle in two places can be overwhelming and even lonely at times, but I discovered the best way to do this is by creating familiar routines in both places. I definitely recommend finding a place to work-out, a great coffee shop (with free wifi), and somewhere to shop for groceries because restaurant eating will kill your budget!