Nicole Blomkamp has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. Born in Johannesburg, she moved to Cape Town at the tender age of 15, where she continued to pursue her love for the arts.
Inspired by 2D animation films and characters like Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, her passion soon turned into a career after studying at Vancouver Film School in Canada, and it wasn't long before she was back in the Mother City living the dream!
Armed with a pencil, a sketch pad and a wicked sense of humour, Blomkamp has honed her talent and channeled her vivacious personality, translating it into witty, provocative and edgy illustrations. The up-and-coming cartoonist has enough stories to write an autobiography already, but right now she's busy putting the final touches on her website. Watch this space!
Blomkamp's a jet-setter, blessed with film star looks and oodles of natural talent. She's living life to the full and ready to take the world by storm in her Spongebob Squarepants boots of course! We were lucky enough to catch up with Nicole to find out about her Top Ten Movies...
"...he thought I was a 'pretty loud girl'." [on Ethan Hawke]
I can't watch movies without...
- ...secretly wishing I was an actress.
Which famous people share your birthday?
- (Drumroll...) Hitler. We both seem to like attention and yell a lot. Oh, and Carmen Electra, which essentially means I have the potential to be a very sexy dictator. (20 April)
What is the first film you remember watching?
- I remember this vividly. My mother took me to watch E.T. when I was about 4 and boy was that a bad decision on her part. I bawled uncontrollably through most of it and for months was convinced strange men in astronaut-like costume would pitch up at our house and surround it in a plastic bubble. Terrified doesn't even come close to describing it. I have since forgiven my mother for this.
What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
- Catwoman is definitely first to come to mind. How on earth casting directors thought Halle Berry in what was basically a gimp suit, leaping from building to building to a cheesy R&B soundtrack would be an improvement on Michelle Pfeiffer shall remain a mystery to everyone.
The Men Who Stare at Goats. Did an acid-filled weekend in Las Vegas between David Lynch and a variety of poison-berry juice sipping cult leaders brainstorm this one? Was it a practical joke perhaps? Or just a subliminal promotion campaign for farm animals?
Either way - AVOID. And that overrated, age-long waste of energy Australia. Could Nicole Kidman possibly have over-acted more? That country is dull enough, we don't need movies made about it, thank you.
Which movies have made you tearful?
- The Notebook. Men - stop rolling your eyes, it was beautiful, and if you fail to understand why, you need therapy. I can't handle ANYTHING involving children going through emotional upset. Which is why I think every existing copy of AI and The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas should be gathered and burned in a touching ceremony somewhere. As soon as humanly possible.
Picture me on the floor in front of the TV blubbering breathlessly and red-eyed into the screen, contemplating suicide and/or giving up my career to devote my life to becoming the next Mother Theresa. Thankfully these feelings fade after a month or two.
Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?
- Colin Farrell. I gave him a raspberry (It seemed like a good idea at the time). Jared Leto. Ethan Hawke who, scarily, looks more like a gerbil in the flesh than on screen. He also proudly proclaimed that he thought I was a "pretty loud girl". Powers of observation in top form then, Ethan.
Daniel Craig. My mother has a huge thing for him, so naturally I approached him and insisted he sign an autograph addressed to her. His words? "I hope I get this right, I'm a bit pissed...". Thank you Daniel, my mother was suitably impressed with your drunken scrawling.
There are a few others whose names escape me right now, but who I'm pleased to say, were extremely pleasant. Oh and does it count that I've seen Samuel L Jackson buying vegetables and Harrison Ford walking down the street looking extremely peeved? Hmm, probably not...
What's your favourite movie line?
- Too many to recall! The most recent being from Despicable Me. The little girl wins a toy unicorn and totally out of character, viciously yells "IT'S SO FLUFFY I WANNA DIE!" My friends and I have taking to using this phrase to describe anything and everything with a considerable awesomeness factor. Much to the annoyance of any idiot who didn't see the movie, I'm sure.
For some reason a line from Kirsty Alley in Look Who's Talking always stuck with me, and was probably (subconsciously) the very day I decided that Caesarians were the way forward: " You try pushing something the size of a watermelon out of something the size of a lemon!".
As for my WORST line, it has to be that repulsive chipmunk of a woman Rene Zellweger in Jerry Maguire that sappy movie with the equally repulsive Tom Cruise - "You had me at Hello". (Small pause to vomit in my mouth just a little bit).
Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?
- RIDICULOUS question. Angelina Jolie, of course. My mother will be appalled by this one as she considers her an overtly sexual, home-wrecking harlot. Sorry Mom, sexiness is next to Godliness.
If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?
- Part of me would like to make a movie about all the things I've experienced in my life, but due to the fact that no-one will probably believe all the things I've got up to, I'll stick to a 30 minute cartoon starring Jessica Rabbit, Spongebob Squarepants and the original version of Mickey Mouse before he became a rodent: Oswald the Rabbit. Walt Disney's wife suggested he change it, once again proving that phrase that behind every good man...
Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...
- The Secret of Nimh ...a Don Bluth 2D masterpiece. Just watch it. That's what REAL animation is all about.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit ...I was 12 when this came out and I was blown away by the concept of humans interacting with cartoons. Also Jessica Rabbit inspired my love of drawing pin-up girls.
- The Castle ...Australian humour at it's best. Hard to find, but worth spending an embarrassing amount of time and money to find.
- Anything with Bill Murray ...especially What About Bob? and The Man Who Knew Too Little. I was once asked which film star I would sleep with if I could choose anyone, and I said him. My friends were slightly repulsed, but I am a sucker for a sense of humour. It's no fun having to explain your jokes to your date as he sits across from you swimming in hair gel and Jean Paul Gaultier, trying hard (and failing) to hide the fact that he is more interested in your cleavage than your conversation.
- The Three Amigos ...ah Chevy Chase. What a pity he turned out to be an alcoholic.
- Cinema Paradiso ...BEAUTIFUL Italian film with an incredible soundtrack (bless the man that went to the ends of the earth finding that for me). Note - do not attempt to get above-mentioned date to watch this with you. He/she inevitably won't be able to read the subtitles fast enough.
- The Triplettes of Bellville ...and NO, not THAT Bellville, there is apparently also one in France. Much classier. Another example of classic 2D animation.
- The King's Speech ...what a feel good film. Felt on a high for ages afterwards.
- Anything with Robert Downey Jr. ...I've had a crush on him since I was 14.
- Easy A ...so sue me, I put a silly teen movie on my list. But watch it before you judge me. Emma Stone is without a doubt one of the most talented actresses to emerge of late. Excellent comic timing, dry wit, and a few cute morals thrown in.
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