This Chicago-born beauty’s career, like her Mexican-Hungarian-Romanian roots, can best be described as deliciously diverse. Her breakout role as “Audrey Griswold,” alongside Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in VEGAS VACATION brought her to the forefront of classic American cinema. Nichols next appeared as Windsor College student and Omega Beta Zeta sorority girl “Dawnie” in horror box-office thriller SCREAM 2, which was followed by appearances in big-screen hits CAN’T HARDLY WAIT, and MAFIA! Nichols next landed a role in Showtime’s groundbreaking “Resurrection Boulevard,” where she received critical acclaim for her defiant portrayal of troubled teen “Victoria Santiago.” After a three year run on “Resurrection Boulevard,” Nichols next starred in the Steven Bochco drama “Blind Justice” as “Detective Karen Bettancourt.” From there she went on to star opposite Martin Lawrence in BIG MAMA’s HOUSE 2 as Liliana Morales and opposite Larry the Cable Guy in DELTA FARCE.
Showing off her versatile acting skills Nichols next landed the role as Pakastani-American “Nadia Yassir,” where she commanded CTU in Season Six of “24”. Her trailblazing portrayal of the South Asian Muslim character was a stark contrast to how Muslim characters are stereotypically portrayed on television and paved the way to a new perception of the Islamic culture. Additionally Nichols learned to speak Arabic for the role which required her to speak with exact pronunciation. Nichols then went on to a powerful performance in the 2008 prison drama FELON opposite Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer, which has consistently garnered award recognition and critical acclaim. Nichols also recently starred as “Sarah Monahan” on ABC's "The Gates" and “Tracy Keller,” “Special Agent G. Callen’s” (Chris O’Donnell) ex-partner on CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
In addition to her work on screen, Nichols has been fighting for the rights of kids for over a decade as commissioner and spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and their innovative "Fight for Kids" campaign. CCHR is a non-profit organization that works specifically on the issue of abusive psychiatric drugging of children. Working directly with members of Congress in Washington, DC, Nichols helps defend parents’ right to make informed decisions for their kids. Marisol has also recently hosted the Project Grad charity event in Los Angeles this past summer. Project Grad’s programs specialize in increasing U.S. high school graduation and college attendance rates for low-income students.
Marisol currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, director Taron Lexton, and their three year old daughter, Rain.