These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question and answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?
After co-writing and starring in the 2003 film "Thirteen" at the age of 15, Nikki Reed became a recognizable face in Hollywood. She took on projects like "Lords of Dogtown" and "The O.C." before nabbing the role of Rosalie Hale in the "Twilight Saga" franchise, which launched her directly into the spotlight. Nowadays, the brunette beauty is traveling the country with her hubby, "American Idol" star Paul McDonald, performing hits from their new EP "The Best Part" and working on designing her own jewelry line. But, what really makes this 24-year-old tick? HuffPost Celebrity found out.
What do you think of Honey Boo Boo?
I would be lying if I said I didn’t watch it … sometimes.
Do you eat only certain colored M&Ms?
No, I eat any M&M. Any M&M is fine by me!
What’s the last song you downloaded?
If you want a real answer I can open my phone right now! The last song I downloaded was… no, that can’t be the last one ... It says Mumford & Sons, but that can’t be the last one. Maybe. I guess it’s Mumford & Sons! [laughs]
If you were interviewing yourself, what’s one question you’d ask?
I would ask myself about the things I’m doing that I actually feel passionate about. I would do interviews where I’m not asked about a bunch of BS, I’d ask myself the things that I want to talk about, that I want to get out there. Like discussing designing my jewelry line and the process or what the process was like writing an album and things like that.
If you could give advice to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
I would tell myself to enjoy being young.
When was the last time you cried?
Cried? Let me think of the last movie I watched ... "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." It’s so good. That was the last time I cried, watching that movie.
Do you ever cheat at board games?
No, I can’t cheat because then I don’t feel like I actually won.
Have you ever lied on a job application?
No, but when I was applying for jobs, real jobs –- it’s not that acting isn’t a real thing, you know what I mean, 9 to 5’ers. I was 18 years old and I was applying to work either at a restaurant or work in a clothing store, like I wanted to just get any kind of normal job. And no one would hire me because they didn’t give a crap about my film resume and that’s the only thing I had ever done. Like I had a lemonade stand and used to make jewelry and sell them for $3 when I was in the sixth grade, but I never worked in retail, so they wouldn’t hire me! So I didn’t lie, but I finally met a really wonderful woman named Jessica and she gave me a chance and I actually got my first raise like three weeks after I was working there, so I was a really dedicated employee. True story!
What/whom have you been jealous of lately?
I was feeling a little jealous of, well envious of, all of my friends that were on vacation this past holiday season. Not that I look ... but I looked and saw all the pictures online of everyone in St. Barts or traveling and having all these luxurious vacations and we had a really sad holiday season. My grandfather passed away so we spent all of the whole three-week break essentially just feeling sad and mourning and figuring things out. I remember looking online and thinking, ‘I just want to be somewhere else having some other experience right now.” [pause]
Being an actor you have to be working even when you’re not working. You never really get to relax because anytime you’re relaxing in between jobs, you’re just worried that you’re not going to get another job. So the only time we really get to have down time is during that one holiday break when the business shuts down from Dec. 20 to Jan. 7.
What movie could you watch over and over?
What’s your secret/hidden talent?
I’m going to become the most bad-a** tambourine player ever. You just wait and see and then that will be my secret talent! But my real secret talent, I would say, is makeup. I always wanted to be a makeup artist. When I don’t get to have my stylist, I do my own makeup! I looked at my manager and I was like, ‘Should I switch careers because I really love doing this.’ It’s so therapeutic ... and I love to paint also. Although that’s not a talent; I’m not very good at it.
What shows are always on your DVR?
“Homeland” and “Dexter.”
Who's your ideal drinking buddy, living or dead?
Is it horribly cliché to say Nora Ephron? I really would love to be in that mind for five seconds. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her. You know, women that inspire other women to better themselves and to really pave the way, so I have a lot of respect for her.