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And she dresses stylishly – she's very high maintenance, which is fun to play." The serial's official website describe her as: "Nicole might come off as a bitchy princess to some people, she's not malicious.
She's simply as shallow as a puddle, and while she might cause others emotional pain, it's totally unintentional." They also state: "Nicole is a girl who lives to have fun, and she is fun if you accept her for who she is.
Executive producer Cameron Welsh said "She is an exciting talent and I think audiences are going to love her character and respond really well to her." Nicole has been portrayed as a party girl, feisty and has had many boyfriends in a short space of time.
James has described Nicole stating: "I love playing Nicole because she's feisty and fun, and doesn't mind pushing the boundaries.
James and the writing team took the storyline "very seriously" and conducted research to portray the issue sensitively.
Nicole has received critical analysis from various sources, with perception being mixed to positive.
In January 2008 it was announced that ex-Neighbours star Tessa James had been cast as Nicole.TV Week were neutral to aspects of her pregnancy plot but opined James was one of the serials best actress'.The Daily Record said that being single was good for the character.James also enjoys the role because of this and the fact she gets so many "pash" scenes with other cast members.Series producer Cameron Welsh branded Nicole as an "interesting character", adding his opinion on her development stating: "She came in with really strong opinions and a kind of morality that was different to the rest of the group".