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"Matador" Star Nicky Whelan

Nicky Whelan is a saucy Aussie who happens to star in El Rey Network's Matador in July. And that's got us saying "¡Olé...mate!"

Photographed for Maxim by Harper Smith

Do you usually use your American accent when acting?
I play an undercover government agent in Matador, and I have a very strong American accent. I took classes. But sometimes I’ll do what I think is a good American accent, and actual Americans just cringe. You’ve got to constantly work at it. I’d love to learn the New York one; it’s the only one I have a lot of problems with.

Can I hear it?

You were in Hall Pass—in which married guys were allowed a cheating freebie. Do you have one in real life?
I haven’t been with someone for 20 years, so I don’t know what happens when you’re in a relationship for that long. But at this stage in my life? Hell, no!

What’s been your best night ever?
I got to meet Daniel Day-Lewis at a Hollywood party. He was very sweet. I remember having the conversation, but I don’t know what I said; I was talking a hundred miles per hour. It was a really lovely moment, because I’m such a fan.

Might I suggest that he become your next hall pass?
[Laughs] He’s happily married! I’ve got a feeling he doesn’t know what a hall pass is.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten?
Cake pops. They’re little cakes that are wrapped with icing on a stick. I bring home boxes of them.

Well, everything is better on a stick.

Check out Nicky Whelan in Maxim's July/August issue, on newsstands now. 

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