Nichole Sakura, the star of the NBC sitcom Superstore, has returned to her birth name. Her mixed race, resulting from her parents, was an early impediment to her acting career, and she had to alter her last name to Bloom.
She now claims to have made peace with her racial concerns and goes by her own name.
Ethnic Backgrounds of Nichole Sakura’s Parents
Sakura was born on December 15, 1989, in Santa Clara County, California, to parents of mixed ethnicity: an Irish father, Kevin Kelly O’Connor, and a Japanese mother, Kinuko Mizuna. She has been interested in performing since she was a child. So she asked her parents to find an agent who could assist her in pursuing a career as an actress in Hollywood.
She came to Los Angeles as a teenager thanks to her supportive parents.
Why did Nichole Sakura’s name change to Nichole Bloom?
Sakura arrived in the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles, full of drive and hope. However, things did not go as planned, owing to her mixed ethnicity. Even her agency cautioned her that landing a position in Hollywood with looks that were neither Asian nor Caucasian would be difficult.
At the age of 20, the California native landed her first job in a studio comedy. She was replaced by a white actor, not because of her ethnicity, but because the comedy’s producers thought she was bashful.
Her failure to land the part sparked concerns and insecurities about her ethnicity. Sakura believed her Japanese roots were a barrier because of the scarcity of good acting jobs.
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She had even been discouraged from continuing her acting career after applying for roles
As a result, the Shameless actress discarded her Irish middle name, O’Connor, and changed her last name from Sakura to Bloom (which means cherry blossom in Japanese). She wanted her name to lose its Japanese connotation and become as vague as possible. As a result, she began to go by the name Nichole Bloom.
In the year 2020, Nichole Sakura began using her real name.
Sakura began using her own identity on Instagram and other social media platforms in early 2020, abandoning all of her fears and concerns. She stated why she changed her name in the first place in an Instagram post on August 14, 2020, to clarify the name change.
She opened up about her former concerns and admitted that she wasn’t sure if changing her name improved her career. After that, she became vocal about Hollywood’s expanding inclusion, claiming that she had discovered the value of expressing oneself after maturing into herself.
She closed her statement by requesting that everyone refer to her as Nichole Sakura.
Nichole Sakura’s Ascension to Fame
Sakura followed up her debut film Everyday in 2010 with roles in Carpool, ModelMinority, and Project X, the latter of which helped to boost her profile. The film was a box office hit, grossing more than $100 million on a budget of under $12 million.
In addition to her work on Superstore, the actress had a recurring part on Shameless from 2014 to 2016. She also appeared in popular shows such as Teen Wolf and Grey’s Anatomy. Along with acting, the 31-year-old has worked as a model and has been in several American Apparel advertisements.
It’s inspiring that the actress’s Japanese roots, which she had been cautious about at first, were the very thing she was wholeheartedly embracing as she pursued American celebrity.