While many may know Marisol Nichols for her role on the CW show "Riverdale," the 46-year-old actress also spends her time moonlighting in a much darker world, as an undercover agent helping authorities put an end to child sex-trafficking.
The "Riverdale" actress opened up about her surprising side gig in a profile for Marie Claire in April. In it, she describes how she travels internationally to work with police to either play the role of a mother attempting to sell her child for sex, or a minor who has been trafficked. When participating in the undercover sex stings, she is sometimes called on to use her acting skills to portray a preteen over the phone, in order to lure child molesters to a predetermined location where the authorities are waiting to arrest them.
Nichols' life as a volunteer undercover agent will be heading to the small screen, Deadline announced on Monday. Sony Pictures Television has purchased the rights to tell Nichols' incredible story. While the project is still in its early stages, Nichols has already signed on as an executive producer and is expected to have a starring role, according to the outlet.
Nichols took to Twitter on Monday to share the news of her upcoming project, posting a link to an article on the topic and writing, "I have been DYING to announce this!!!!!"
Speaking to Marie Claire earlier this year, Nichols explained that she has a personal connection to the work that she does, having been raped at age 11. It "changed the entire trajectory of [her] life in a day,” and led her to begin using drugs at a young age, which continued well into her adulthood, she said. When she was in her 20s, she secured her first breakout role in 1997's "Vegas Vacation," and soon after, joined the Church of Scientology, which she credits with helping her turn her life around.
Nichols first became interested in the fight against human trafficking while researching roles for series like "24" and "CSI," Marie Claire reports. When the well of acting jobs dried up in 2012, she began researching the topic heavily, and launched a nonprofit, "Foundation for a Slavery Free World," two years later. It was through that organization that she began shadowing law enforcement officials on their undercover operations, in order to gain firsthand knowledge on the subject, and she was soon invited to use her skills to help the cause.
Even though the work is often emotionally taxing, it's necessary, Nichols explained to the magazine.
“If good people don’t know about it, it will keep happening, because good people are the only ones who will do anything about it,” she said.
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