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From shorts to the silver screen, Nichole Galicia is a star on the rise.

Galicia's Hots: Carmen Marc Valvo, Isola shoes, the Samsung Galaxy Note, Nicole Miller, Black Opal foundation, Formula 1
Galicia's Nots: Granny panties, kitten heels, Twitter wars, fights on reality television, unchivalrous men, the government shutdown, roaming charges when I travel

“The entire experience was so fun,” says actress Nichole Galicia of shooting …And She Was My Eve. The short film, from Canon’s Project Imagination Film Festival, marks the directorial debut of actor Jamie Foxx and can currently be viewed on Yahoo Screen.

Created in collaboration with Canon and Ron Howard—and inspired by fan-submitted photographs—the story, a riff on the Frankenstein tale of a lovelorn man who engineers the woman of his dreams, sees Galicia as the beautiful object of desire. It’s a role that seems tailor-made for the Panama-born model, who has graced campaigns for Gap, Pepsi, Neutrogena and Hanes. “When your head is encased in cement to cast an acrylic mold of your face, it’s the wrong time to discover that you are claustrophobic. I went through hell for a shot that lasted maybe 10 seconds,” she says, quickly adding, “Who am I kidding? I would do it again. I’m an ‘anything for the shot’-type actor.”

It was this attitude that grabbed Foxx’s attention when the two worked together on Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 hit, Django Unchained. Perhaps not surprisingly, Galicia more than held her own in the film, stealing a good bit of the spotlight, not only from Foxx, but from her other A-list co-stars—Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. In fact, Tarantino himself handpicked the actress for the role of Sheba Candie, the de facto wife of the plantation owner played by DiCaprio.

But Foxx and Tarantino aren’t the only ones who are taking notice. “I’ve been spending more time in L.A. due to work,” says Galicia, who also has homes in New York and Madrid. “I consider the Soho House my office. I’m there so much, my friends think I secretly work there!” They won’t be thinking that for long, though. Up next, Galicia plays the self-described “Juliet to Jim Parsons’ Romeo” in Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, due out in September. Unlike the romance of the fabled star-crossed lovers, chances are Galicia’s romance with Hollywood will be a long and happy one.