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Riverdale Star Marisol Nichols Has Been Working Undercover With The FBI

Riverdale Star Marisol Nichols Has Been Working Undercover With The FBI

It may seem unlikely that the FBI would seek out someone who has starred in Riverdale, 24 and Beverly Hills, 90210 to be an undercover agent - but in Marisol Nichols, that's exactly what they've got.

The actor - who plays Hermione Lodge, the mother of Veronica Lodge, in Riverdale - has been working with the FBI alongside other law enforcement agencies to fight sex trafficking and catch child-sex predators.

Over the past five years, the 46-year-old has participated in half a dozen stings around the world.

Nichols has been balancing her acting with undercover work. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Nichols has been balancing her acting with undercover work. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
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Now, Nichols' astonishing story is set to be told in a new series, which is in the early stages of development with Sony Pictures Television. Nichols is expected to executive-produce and star in the series and she confirmed the show is in development on Instagram, writing that she is 'beyond excited about the project'.

Nichols opened up about her secret agent role in an article with Marie Claire back in April (which admittedly on paper doesn't sound like the best strategy for a secret agent).

She was inspired to get involved having been raped as an 11-year-old, telling Marie Claire: "It changed the entire trajectory of my life in a day."

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In her free time, the mother-of-one has been using her acting skills to play the 'bait' in sting operations - be it a parent pimping a child out to a predator, or a child being pimped out to a predator.

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Referencing one 38-year-old target, Nichols said: "Looking the guy in the face - these guys look like normal people. And you're pretending that you just happily and eagerly set up children for them to have sex with.

"To watch his eyes [the way they lit up at the mention of an underage kid] you want to kick him in the balls and beat the hell out of him."

Nichols added that the role had at times made her extremely nervous and question what she had gotten herself into, but she believes incarcerating predators and raising awareness simultaneously can be doubly beneficial.

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She said: "If good people don't know about it, it will keep happening, because good people are the only ones who will do anything about it."

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