Zoey 101 may have given her the dream start that Alexa Nikolas desired, but it was certainly not the kind of start she was fond of. One of the break-out stars of the American comedy series, Nikolas played the role of Nicole Bristow, who was the best friend of the lead character, Zoey Brooks. And while the series was well-received by its audiences it was far from the happy and goofy persona the series attempted to create for itself. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of former child actress Alexa Nikolas.
Alexa Nikolas was born on the 4th of April, 1992. Born in Chicago, Illinois. She inherits her Greek heritage from her mother and her New Zealand heritage from her father. Nikolas was homeschooled by her mother for the early part of her life.
She discovered her love for acting when she was very young. She would watch movies and TV shows and imagine herself in them. She would act out scenes with her stuffed animals or in front of the mirror. She admired actresses like Rachel McAdams and dreamed of being like them. Her parents supported her passion for acting and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. They enrolled her in acting classes and took her to auditions.
Nikolas got her first chance to act when she was seven years old. She auditioned for a movie called P.U.N.K.S. and got the part of Jenna Bygayly. She continued to pursue her acting career and landed small roles in movies like Zoolander and Ted Bundy, and TV shows like That’s Life and Hidden Hills.
She got her big break when she was 12 years old. She was cast as Nicole Bristow on Zoey 101, a Nickelodeon comedy-drama series about a group of teenagers at a boarding school. Nicole was a fun-loving and energetic girl who was one of the best friends of Zoey Brooks, the main character.
Nikolas made her TV and film debut in 1999 with roles in Love Boat: The Next Wave and P.U.N.K.S. On the movies side of things, Nikolas’s next role came in Zoolander in 2001, followed by a part in the 2002 iteration of Ted Bundy. Nikolas only had a handful of movie appearances in her career which include roles in Tiptoes (2003), Motocross Kids (2004), Children of the Corn (2009), Red State (2011), and Detention of the Dead in 2012.
Nikolas had greater success on the small screen and enjoyed diverse roles in series including That’s Life (2000-2002), Hidden Hills (2002-2003), Zoey 101 (2005-2006). Her portrayal of Nicole in Zoey 101 won Nikolas a few awards including the Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series in both 2006 and 2007.
Problems with Zoey 101:
When Zoey 101 first aired in 2005, it pushed Nikolas to instant stardom. And even though the series portrayed a typical middle school setting, its characters set it apart from the numerous other shows of the time. As one of its leading characters, Nikolas played a bubbly and energetic girl who was one of the best friends of the main character Zoey Brooks played Jamie Lynn Spears. Nikolas appeared in the first two seasons of the show, which was popular among young audiences.
In a Youtube video, Nikolas highlighted her problems with the show explaining how she suffered abuse from Jamie and how she rallied the other characters to be against Nikolas. Nikolas went on to say that Jamie even got her sister, Britney Spears, to threaten Nikolas, an incident that left her rattled.
“I remember opening up the door and I saw someone who looked like Jamie run to the back of the trailer … and then all of a sudden, I’ll never forget the image because Britney Spears just like, came out, and she was in a bralette-thing and she ran at me and started berating me and telling me that she was going to make sure that nothing came of my career and that she was going to make sure of it … she was like, ‘no one messes with my sister,’ and she’s screaming at me.”
After recounting her story to her mom, Nikolas sat down with the Nickelodeon higher-ups only to have her self-worth questioned. She left the show in 2006, after having conflicts with Spears and feeling unsafe around the show’s creator, Dan Schneider.
After leaving Zoey 101, Nikolas continued to pursue her acting career by guest starring on various TV shows, such as The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Judging Amy, ER, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, and Heroes. She also appeared in music videos for Vanessa Hudgens and The Jonas Brothers. In 2011, she starred in the horror movie Red State, directed by Kevin Smith. She also played Haley, a survivor of a zombie apocalypse, on three episodes of The Walking Dead in 2012 and 2013. She has not appeared in any new films or TV shows since 2013, but she is active on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.
Nickelodeon Star to Survivor and Activist
Nikolas is a brave soul who has overcome adversity and found her voice. She is an example of resilience and empowerment for anyone who has suffered in silence. In 2022, Nikolas founded the Eat Predators movement, which aims to expose and protest against alleged predators and networks in the entertainment industry. She has organized several demonstrations in Los Angeles and has spoken out about her own experiences of abuse.
In 2022, Nikolas revealed on her Instagram account @matchthesource that she was sexually abused by Dan Schneider, the creator and producer of Zoey 101. She also accused Jamie Lynn Spears of bullying and mistreating her on set, which led to her departure from the show after two seasons.
Nikolas’s courageous confession sparked a wave of support and solidarity from fans and fellow survivors. She received a heartfelt apology from Britney Spears, who praised her for speaking out and thanked her for being a loyal fan since she was six years old. Nikolas responded with gratitude and admiration for Britney, calling her an inspiration and a healer.
Nikolas has transformed from a victim to a survivor and an activist. She uses her platform to raise awareness about child abuse, sexual assault, and mental health. She also expresses herself through art, music, and poetry. She has collaborated with Milosh on his project Rhye, providing vocals and visuals for some of his songs.
First Marriage and Relationship with Mike Milosh:
Nikolas married Mike Milosh, a Canadian electronic musician, in 2012. However, the pair had a turbulent relationship and divorced in 2016
In 2008, Nikolas, who was 16 years old, contacted Milosh, who was 33 years old, via MySpace to compliment his music. They started a virtual relationship that involved texting, emailing and video calls.
In 2010, Nikolas, who was 18 years old, met Milosh for the first time in Berlin. She claims he coerced her into unwanted sexual acts and abused her.
In 2011, Milosh proposed to Nikolas and they got married in 2012.
In 2013, Milosh released two albums: Woman as Rhye and Jetlag as Milosh. He thanked Nikolas as his wife and muse in the liner notes of Woman. Nikolas claims he recorded her saying “no” during sex and used it in the song Don’t Call It from Jetlag.
In 2016, Nikolas and Milosh divorced.
In 2021, Nikolas filed a lawsuit against Milosh for sexual battery, gender-based violence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In 2022, Nikolas withdrew her lawsuit against Milosh. Milosh filed a malicious prosecution lawsuit against Nikolas’s lawyers, claiming they filed a frivolous lawsuit against him2.
In 2023, the court struck Milosh’s lawsuit against Nikolas’s lawyers as an unlawful anti-SLAPP motion. Nikolas said she planned to refile her case against Milosh.
Nikolas and Milosh do not have children from the marriage.
Second Marriage and Kids:
In 2020, Nikolas announced that she was pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend Michael Gray. She gave birth to a baby girl Novah in November 2020. In July 2021, she married Gray in a forest ceremony. In January 2023, she announced that she was expecting her second child.
Nikolas is known for her long brunette hair, deep husky voice, and a wide smile. She has a height of 5 ft 5 in or 165 cm and weighs around 56 kg or 123.5 pounds.
As of 2023, Alexa Nikolas has a net worth of $1.5 million. She earned this amount from her successful acting career that spanned over a decade.