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FAST AND FURIOUS: In "P2," Nichols plays a businesswoman who gets trapped in an underground parking lot and becomes the victim of a psychopath, played by Wes Bentley. Not exactly a cakewalk. "We shot in a parking lot and we shot nights, which meant we went to work at 6 p.m. and then we'd stop around 6 a.m. And we were three to four levels underground. That in itself is kind of freaky," recalls Nichols of the two-month shoot. "And then you cover Wes Bentley in blood and make him chase me with a rottweiler and, yeah, there were some elements of it that were really frightening."
FASHIONABLY CHALLENGED: Growing up in Maine, the daughter of an English teacher father and fund-raising mother, Nichols' fantasies were of power suits and math theory, not runways and fittings. "I was unfortunately dressed for most of my young life," she admits. She got a rude awakening when she began work as a model. "I was basically told that my style had to change, meaning I had to get some style," says Nichols. "I went to an agency in Paris and they said, 'Oh my gosh you need to get some new clothes; you need an entire new wardrobe. We don't want to see khakis.' I basically just wore black and high heels everywhere. And I'm from Maine: we don't have to have high heels for anything there except prom."