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Kiele Michelle Sanchez (pronounced Kee-Lee) played the character of Nikki Fernandez during Lost's third season. Sanchez, Rodrigo Santoro, and Elizabeth Mitchell were the newest members joining the cast of Lost for Season 3, along with former guest stars Henry Ian Cusick and Michael Emerson.
While growing up in Chicago, Kiele performed in her first play in high school and was hooked. She continued performing in Chicago's renowned theater productions until a few years later when, while watching television, she saw a commercial asking for people to audition for MTV's Video Jockey (VJ) contest. Excited about the possibility of expanding her career beyond Chicago, Sanchez flew herself to New York and ended up being the first runner-up (out of 4000 people) in the contest. Little did she know that flying to L.A. (a prerequisite of the contest) would lead to the biggest acting breakthrough in her career.
Soon after arriving on the West Coast, Kiele appeared in three pilots and in the film Class Warfare. Last season she starred in the ABC series That Was Then, which was her first regular series role.
Now a resident of Los Angeles, Kiele is single and enjoys spending time with her friends and her dog.[source needed]
Sanchez has starred or appeared in the following films/TV series:
- Live Girls as Lynne
- Migrating Forms as Dream Woman
- The Kiss as Girl
- Stealing Time as Emily
- Class Warfare as Amber Whidden
- That Was Then as Claudia Wills-Glass
- Young MacGyver as Taylor
- Stuck on You as Pepper Spray Cutie
- Married to the Kelleys as Susan Kelly
- Related as Anne Sorelli
- Four Kings as Jen
- Modern Men as Lisa
- Girls on the Bus as Ronnie Sarazen
- Lost as Nikki Fernandez
- Football Wives as Donna Reynolds
- Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium as Mrs. Goodman
- Samantha Who? as Chloe
- Insanitarium' as Lily
- The End of Steve as Emily Green
- A Perfect Getaway as Gina
- Matadors as Natalie Munoz
- Black, White and Blues as Hannah
- 30 Days of Night: Dark Days as Stella Olemaun
- The Glades as Callie Cargill
- Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe as Amanda Maples
Kiele has appeared as a talk show guest in the following:
- March 29, 2007: Jimmy Kimmel Live! .
- September 30, 2006: Sunset on the Beach (Season 3 premiere).
- She also got into the final five in MTV's Wanna be a VJ contest in 2000.
- Played Anne Sorelli in Related and Claudia Wills-Glass in ABC's That Was Then.
- She also played Susan on Married to the Kelleys (with Sam Anderson).
- She is half Puerto Rican and half French.
- Meet the Next "Lost" Soul Eonline News
- Kiele Sanchez Website http://kielesanchez.com/
- Kiele Sanchez at IMDB IMDB
- Stuff Magazine - fashion shoot (Warning: Raunchy images)