Niki Koss is a producer, director, writer and actress most famous for her role as Alexis in TV drama series Famous in Love.
Famous for: Actress
Niki Koss was born in California. At the age of 3 she aspired to be an actress. At a young age she took theater classes and signed with youth talent agency Ford Models. However, after seeing the amount of work required she quit as a child and committed to acting at the age of 17.
In 2013 Koss played a role in the French novella based film Red Wings.
Niki Koss also produces, writes and directs. She directed and co-created the series Royals in 2014 and won awards for “Best Web Series” and “Audience Choice Short Film” at the Laughlin International Film Festival. She has produced short films such as Assassins, 27 Plus One, and Help Wanted.
She had a major role in horror-comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse in 2015 as Chloe. In 2017 she co-starred in TV drama series, Famous in Love as Alexis. The show is based on the big break of an ordinary college student after auditioning for the leading role in a Hollywood blockbuster.
Niki Koss is due to appear in a number of lead roles in movies over 2017 and 2018 such as Trafficked (Jessie), Warning Shot as Notta chance, and burying Yasmeen.
Niki Koss is active agent on social causes variating from animal rescue to female empowerment. She is an ambassador for GenerationOn, which is an organisation working with children to create a more powerful generation focusing on finding solutions to their problems.
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Teen Vogue: Famous in Love has a really big ensemble cast. What was it like bonding with everyone?
Niki Koss: We got really lucky. It was a lot easier than it usually is to bond with everyone. It felt like going back to high school or something, to be able to be with all of them all the time. We all just had a really good connection from day one, and we just love each other.
TV: You play Alexis, who is the actress that wants the lead role in the movie Locked, but it goes to Paige. How does that affect her character for the rest of the story?
NK: When we see Alexis for the first time, she’s already in a pretty precarious position, career-wise. She’s definitely stressing. [Losing the role] raises her stakes that much more; it escalates her need and desperation to keep her career afloat. It just makes her that much more willing to do whatever she has to do.
TV: And when we first meet her, she’s definitely presented as an opposition character to Paige. Do you think audiences will warm up to her — or even that they should?
NK: I hope so. It’s kind of hard not to, because she’s so fun and so weird that you’ve just got to love her for it. She’s the character that will say what everyone’s thinking, or has no problem saying what’s on her mind, without caring what people will think about it. Hopefully it won’t be long before people start to warm up to her.
TV: Alexis comes off as really confident and self-aware, but she also has these moments of insecurity, and she struggles with figuring out who she really is. How do you think fans will respond to that?
NK: I think that’s one of the coolest things about her, that she’s relatable in that way. Alexis is a character that has so many layers, and of course there are parts of her that no one’s going to be able to relate to, because she’s just so absurdly ridiculous sometimes. But for the most part, she does have the normal insecurities that every other girl has, if not more, because she’s so in the spotlight.
TV: Do you feel like you have anything in common with her?
NK: I think I have a lot in common with her. I always say that I’m kind of like a nicer version of her. She’s really determined, and when she wants something, she stops at nothing to get it. I think we definitely have that in common.
TV: As an actress yourself, do you think the series paints an accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be ‘famous’?
NK: Definitely. It’s kind of weird, because a bunch of us feel like we’re living Paige’s journey on this show. It’s sort of inception-like.