Nichols, who plays Hermione Lodge on the CW series, revealed her unusual side hustle in a long-form story in May's Marie Claire. During her time she has participated in half a dozen child-sex stings around the world as a volunteer.
The Riverdale star has actually been an undercover sex trafficking agent for years and helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies in numerous child sex stings around the world.
"It gave me mad respect for these guys", she told Marie Claire of those dedicated to fighting the issue. 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.
"Now, Nichols" astonishing story is set to be told in a new series, which is in the early stages of development with Sony Pictures Television.
In fact, it was when her career slowed down back in 2012 that she began to work in the FBI's Operation Underground Railroad and local law enforcement division.
As Nichols detailed in her interview with MC, her role in the stings involved her acting skills in an unsuspected way - she would often "play" the role of a parent or pimp interested in setting up sex with child victims in order to catch the predator on the other end of the line.
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It's also understood she could very well star in the series as well.
According to the outlet, Nichols, who has spent the last six years pursuing predators, will be executive producing and likely starring in the show. "And you're pretending that you just happily and eagerly set up children for them to have sex with", she said.
Nichols isn't being paid for her work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I go after those guys and kick their balls and beat the hell out of them. The second, on the other hand, is more elaborate: pretends to be a minor in telephone conversations And if someone shows up at the motel, they turn on their back with a sweatshirt on, taking advantage of their slim build and dark hair.
Nichols has starred on Riverdale since the series premiere.
Despite the undercover, she runs a nonprofit foundation to make the world slavery-free. We really do have the best fans ever.