America Olivo has played a Dubai beauty in Iron Man, a gun-toting badass in Bitch Slap - a role that landed her on the cover of Playboy - and a sexy porn star in the upcoming comedy Love Shack. It's safe to say that she does sexy well, which is why we're delighted the actress is such a big Nina Shoes fan.
Olivo has worn Nina Shoes on the red carpet for at least a dozen movie premieres in Hollywood. Now that she's in New York rehearsing for Julie Taymor's Broadway play “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark”, we're happy to see her sporting Nina Shoes on this coast.
Nina Shoes: How do you go about dressing for a movie premiere? Do you ever use a stylist?
America Olivo: [Laughs] My husband would probably love to answer this question. I am an extreme multi-tasker, and I never leave myself enough time to get ready.
When a red carpet premiere or black tie event comes up in the same city I'm working in, I have to find outfits - including shoes and jewelry and hair - that take less than five minutes to put together. It has to fit in my purse and allow me to easily morph from rehearsal wear to red carpet wear. I travel so often that I can't bring a lot of heavy jewelry, so I love that Nina shoes can double as my shoes and jewelry.
NS: Do you perceive any difference between dressing for a movie premiere in New York or LA?
AO: Yes. In Los Angeles, you don't have to worry about practicality. You're usually driven, the weather is always nice - so what if you're in uncomfortable shoes or a completely inefficient outfit. You can keep a wardrobe in the car and change halfway through the night, if you want.
NS: What do you like about wearing Nina Shoes on the red carpet?
AO: I love that Nina Shoes don't look as comfortable as they are. With certain pairs of Nina shoes, I get consistently complimented on – not only on my shoes - but how great my legs look. It took a few times to realize that every time the compliments came my way, I was in my Nina Shoes.
NS: Rehearsing for Spider Man must be pretty physical. Tell us about your role in the upcoming production?
AO: It's a drama, a comedy, an insane dance show, a visual spectacular, and – oh, don’t forget! - an original musical concert by U2's Bono and The Edge. I've been in the most intense physical training of my life and put to the challenge musically and physically. I thought I'd done everything in the myriad of crazy roles I've played, but, wow, this tops them all.
I think Julie Taymor has outdone herself. She's the James Cameron of Broadway, inventing new ways and contraptions and visual mediums to make the impossible come to life on stage. She elated Broadway with Lion King, and goes even farther with Spider-Man. I haven't seen 1/4th of what it's going to become and I'm already blown away.
My husband may have to help me stay grounded in reality, or I may come out of this with super powers. [Laughs]