Nikita Murray, 20, starred in two seasons of ‘Tallafornia’, the TV3 reality show. She has just completed a receptionist course and also does a bit of modelling and television work. She lives in Clondalkin with her mother and two sisters
I’ve recently finished a course for reception and clerical skills. When I was doing it, I had to get up at half six. I live in Clondalkin with my mum and my two sisters. find it very difficult to get out of bed early in the morning and I can’t eat at that time. I’d have my breakfast later on, around half ten — probably a huge fry with toast, rashers, pudding and eggs. They’re usually the main culprits.
I used to get the bus into Ballyfermot for the course. I got all distinctions in my exams. I did it simply to keep me occupied. It lasted for 15 weeks and the hours were half eight until a quarter to four. In the class they knew me from
Tallafornia, but they didn’t mention it, which was great because you don’t want to be talking about it 24/7. It’s great when people treat you as the person you are.
Right now, I’m looking for a job, not necessarily as a receptionist, but lots of people would turn you down because of the show. Tallafornia was basically a reality show about a bunch of people thrown in a house together. You get them to party and see what happens. I did the audition for it and I got through. It was an amazing experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I don’t know why I auditioned for it — you just had to. I didn’t want to be famous. I suppose I just wasn’t thinking. I thought it’d be fun to be recording a reality show because I knew the likes of Jersey Shore. It was like entering another world and it was such a great laugh.
The first time they put us in a house was in Citywest and the second time it was in Santa Ponsa. I preferred Santa Ponsa. What people don’t realise is that even though the cameras are on you, you don’t even notice them. You are so used to them, it’s like they are not there at all. You’re just drinking and partying.
The whole concept of the cameras went over my head. I did something drunkenly on a very stupid night out. I gave a fella a lap dance and slept with him, on television.
It was broadcast months afterwards. I completely was aware of what I was doing at that moment in time, but the concept that this was going to be shown at home went over my head. Fuck it. I think I was one of the very few people in the house who wasn’t fake. I don’t put on this persona. I am who I am and you either like it or you lump it. I wasn’t self-conscious and I would have been the same whether there were cameras around or not. My mother saw it and she slagged the life out of me. We watched it together, so we were sitting there having the banter. And as for my nanny, she’s a bit old-fashioned. It took her a little while longer to get used to it. Of course, she gave out to me. Your nanny always gives out to you for something like that. My life completely changed after
Tallafornia. If I go for something to eat or I go to the pictures there are people constantly stopping me, going — ‘Oh my God, is that Nikita off Tallafornia?’ Or they’ll run up to you and scream in your face, ‘Ah, Nikita. Can we get a photo?’ It’s a million times worse in nightclubs because they’re standing there in groups. I actually get a bit stand-offish because, although I did the show, I don’t like attention on me. Since Tallafornia, I did a few photo shoots and I was on the
Republic of Telly too. I’m named after the Elton John song
Nikita. When my mum was pregnant on me that song was on the radio. Every time it came on, I would kick her stomach 90 miles an hour, so she knew that if I was a girl, she’d definitely have to call me Nikita. I was the only Nikita in
I’ve never had a boyfriend and I never will. I’m going to be the 68-year-old on the party bus. I don’t like relationships
my class in school but nowadays you’ll find a few more people with the name. I love the song but I read online that Nikita isn’t a girl and that he’s singing to a male Russian soldier. I thought, ‘No way!’
I don’t want to be a receptionist at all. I just did the course to keep busy. It hasn’t fully dawned on me that I need to find something else now.
When I come home in the evenings I automatically get food into me and then I probably do a bit of exercise or I go see my friends, depending on my humour. I’ve never had a boyfriend and I never will. I’m going to be the 68-year-old on the party bus. I don’t like relationships — they’re just not for me. I might chill in front of the television. I love the reality show Geordie Shore. Sometimes I think, ‘Why are they doing that? Do they not know that their families are going to be seeing this? Are they not thinking?’
When I walk down the street fellas shout ‘lap dance, lap dance’ at me but they never actually come up thinking that I’m going to be an easy ride. I’m not like that at all. I’m actually very reserved.
I have a record of every single newspaper article that was ever written about me in a scrap book. The only time I read a newspaper is if I am in it. I have all the Tallafornia episodes recorded on my Sky Box. If I ever have kids, when they are old enough, I’ll sit down with them, show them the series and explain it all to them. I’ll say, ‘I made my mistakes and I’ll help you through yours’.
If I go out with my mates, it’d be to Nando’s and then cocktails, or we might go to the pictures.
I’d love to study criminology and forensic science because I’d love to learn how the mind works. What pushes someone to commit a murder? I’m planning to do a course on this next year and I want to finish up doing a degree. I’d love to do promotion work too but TV work isn’t something you can count on. It’s not reliable so you need to have a back-up plan. Mine is forensic science. I could be the next Horatio Caine, like in CSI Miami.
Sometimes I’m in bed at nine o’clock and other nights it could be two in the morning. I used to be a great little bookworm, but nowadays I don’t get much time to sit down and read a book. I’m always on the go. I can’t sit for hours. I need to get up and do something, even if it’s just cleaning. If I become a forensic scientist some day, I’d say I’d be respected a lot for the fact that I went from Tallafornia to that. Not many people would do that.