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Why Guinevere From 1883 Looks So Familiar

The "Yellowstone" prequel "1883" looks into the way the titular Montana ranch gets its start, and how the Dutton family establishes its considerable power and legacy in the area. As James and Margaret Dutton (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) make their way toward their eventual homestead, they are joined by a great many Old West figures, portrayed by fantastic actors ranging from LaMonica Garrett to Sam Elliott. 

One of the many familiar faces in the show is Guinevere, a character who immediately strikes you as someone you may have seen before. This is because, in all likelihood, you have. Nichole Galicia, the actress portraying the character, has made waves in a number of high-profile projects before joining the cast of "1883" — and if you had to hazard a guess, it would be a fairly good bet to say that she has even more great things ahead of her. Let's take a moment to revisit some of her best-known roles. Here's why Guinevere from"1883" looks so familiar. 

Nichole Galicia is Sheba in Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino's 2012 movie "Django Unchained" is one of the greatest modern Westerns (via Rotten Tomatoes). The movie depicts the titular Django Freeman's (Jamie Foxx) quest to free his wife, Broomhilda von Shaft (Kerry Washington), from slave owner Calvin J. Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) by any means necessary. Landing a role in such a film is a great achievement for any actor, and it's a testament to her talent that one of Nichole Galicia's first truly prominent roles is in this movie. 

Galicia appears in "Django Unchained" as Sheba, a slave who's Candie's mistress. The movie doesn't shy away from some of the darker moments of the era, and in an interview with Ebony, Galicia revealed that the crew went through some pretty strong emotions during filming. 

"There would be times you'd look over and the costumer or your dresser or the makeup artist would be in tears," she revealed. "There was some heavy subject matter. I think the measure and the test of the work is that it affects us — the people that are on set — first. Even in the hard times, it was an amazing time. Quentin was definitely the head of this film and set the tone of the attitude for the several, several months that we filmed. There were some tough days that he handled with amazing sensitivity, and there were also a lot of laughs and some fun. And good mayhem."

Nichole Galicia is Kindzi in Defiance

In 2015, Nichole Galicia joined SYFY's "Defiance" as one of the most peculiar characters of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi show. Galicia's character is Kindzi, a powerful member of the flesh-eating Omec race, who arrives on Earth with his father, T'evgin (Conrad Coates), with a worrying hidden agenda. A combination of sophisticated culture and relentless fury, the Omecs are a force to be reckoned with, and as the alpha female of the seemingly dwindling race, Kindzi is arguably the most dangerous of them all. 

As Galicia told Shadow and Act, the character was a joy to portray. "Kindzi's power was intoxicating. Sometimes it's hard to let characters go and I'm still not sure I want to let all of Kindzi go. What was it like? It was amazing. I grew a lot playing this role. Kindzi was very complicated and I've always been attracted to complex strong women."

Nichole Galicia is Rebecca in Mayor of Kingstown

Before starring in "1883," Nichole Galicia has worked with "Yellowstone" creator Taylor Sheridan in "Mayor of Kingstown," the Paramount+ crime drama about a peculiar prison industry town in Michigan, and Mike McLusky (Jeremy Renner), the man trying to keep things running as smoothly as possible, regardless of which side of the law he has to visit in order to do so. 

Galicia's character is Rebecca, Mike's long-suffering secretary. She is a permanent presence in the McLusky affairs, and provides a voice of reason and sympathy whenever necessary ... while also making sure that she's personally twice removed from Mike's shadier endeavors. At the time of writing, it's unclear whether "Mayor of Kingstown" receives a second season since Season 1 just ended, but judging by her performance in the first season — as well as the fact that she obviously impressed Sheridan enough to land a role in "1883" — you can be fairly certain that if the show returns, so will Rebecca.