Nicco Annan’s 11 Favorite Things
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If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably wondered what celebrities add to their shopping carts. Not the JAR brooch and the Louis XV chair but the hair spray and electric toothbrush. We asked the actor Nicholas Annan – star of P-Valley (season two begins today, June 3) — about the celery juice, Jordans, and Diptyque cologne he can’t live without.
Play Uncle Clifford on P-Valley, my beard is a bit like a signature of this character. So I needed something to keep it fresh. Even when I grow my full beard, I still like to keep it trimmed. My barber on the show, Jason Yancey, introduced me to the Wahl razor. It keeps my neck clean, gets rid of all my ingrown hairs, keeps the shape sharp, and is much more reliable than other razors I’ve used. Battery life is excellent and cleaning is easy.
First of all, I love Kendrick Lamar. I appreciate hip-hop that tells a true story, and his is really inspiring. It’s encouraging, you know, for the music world. Volume. As an artist, I think it’s really great. I would probably say “Auntie Diaries” or “We Cry Together” are my favorite songs so far. “We Cry Together” is an argumentative song, where he and his daughter really go through the whole relationship. They quarrel, separate and jostle. It’s a little toxic. Like, “Ef you!” “No, eff you!” Then she spins it so fast, and all of a sudden it becomes this sex thing, and it’s relationships. I’m here for the transparency that exists on this album.
I love Henry masks because they are durable and don’t break my ears. Some of the masks bend the ears so far forward, especially when you have to wear them on set for hours. These have a headgear strap, so you can wear them on the back of your head while being supported. And not the most but it is very important: they are fashionable. I can choose different colors that go with what I’m wearing that day.
Baby, first of all, I had experience with juicing, and I love the benefits, but it wasn’t something I did on a regular basis. About ten months ago, I saw this celery juice in the supermarket, and I thought, Oh let me try. This celery juice was as good as anything I ordered from a juicer. And more environmentally friendly, as it is one large bottle as opposed to many small ones. The health benefits for me have been absolutely amazing. It reduces my inflammation. When I go to the acupuncturist, there is less fluid on my joints. It regulates my blood pressure. And I like how it makes me feel. First thing in the morning, before water or anything else, I have my 16 oz fasted and let nature do its thing.
When the pandemic hit in 2020 I was doing The king of hot wings, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Katori Hall, at the Signature Theater in New York City. We were closed, like most of Broadway, so I was locked inside. We thought it would be two weeks, but after those two weeks I got a little bored. I was still praying, but I was thinking, How can I use my time better? A friend forwarded me the Bible app, and I thought, Oh, let me check. It centered me. It gave me a routine. It’s a bit like social media. If you read a verse or a chapter, you can send it to friends. You can highlight it, take notes on highlights, and find other reference material or videos if you want. And for me, it started to become a habit, and it’s been every day since. Before I even check Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or my emails, I go to this app and have my own fellowship.
My dad was into cologne. He had his shaving products and the colognes were always in the bathroom. It was part of the kindness. When I was about 13, my cousins said to me, “Nicco, you must smell good. You’re getting old now, and nobody wants a funky boy.” So they kept me in line. I found this during a break actually – between the matinee and evening performance of a Broadway show I was doing. My choreographer Jamaica Craft (from P-Valley) had given me a Diptyque candle, and I really liked its scent, so when I walked past the store, I walked in. An employee guided me to the fig and olive. It’s soft, fresh, clean, but not overwhelming. Makes you lean a little, like, what is it? I like this kind of perfumes.
I’m a 313, baby, and Detroit Kids sells different Detroit items that represent the city. I have several pairs of socks from Detroit Kids. I have hats, jackets and t-shirts, things like that, that remind me of home. I’ve been away for so long, but this is still my home. My family is still there. I like to go back there all year round. It’s one of those brands that makes me happy. I don’t always think you have to have it all on Front Street, but wearing my Detroit Kids socks makes me happy on the inside.
One of the benefits of playing Uncle Clifford on P-Valley is that I was introduced to makeup and skincare at a higher level. My makeup artist Janine Carthone from season two introduced me to this Shiseido eye and lip cream. It is an excellent lip moisturizer. It’s not like ChapStick. It’s more like a primer and keeps my lips soft without being shiny. Then, under the eyes, it soothes and smoothes while reducing puffiness.
I’m here in Hollywood, and people have designer sneakers, designer shoes and all that. And I love them. But at the end of the day, you’ll usually find me in a pair of Jordans, jeans, and a hoodie. He’s the city boy in me. I was not a basketball player. I don’t play basketball, but I love Jordans. They are cool and comfortable. I just think samurai fly. I like that these have some weight to them. I am a tall man. I have six-two. They are the last born of the family.
[Editor’s Note: These sneakers sold out at Nike and are only available on resale sites like Goat.]
I have the Pop Bourbon candle in the hall of my apartment. My sister gave it to me as a housewarming gift when I returned from Georgia to Los Angeles after shooting the season. It’s spicy but mild – kind of like me. It’s in a copper holder, so in the evening the candle is reflected in the copper; besides the smell, that’s all. Then you turn on your Hue lights, and it’s a little dim, and the music starts. It’s definitely a mood.
I grew up with music at home. My parents played music every weekend when it was time to clean the house. For me, Luther Vandross is an artist. I love my hip hop. I love my dance music. House music. But I’m an R&B baby at the end of the day, and Luther Vandross is one of those pillars in the real rhythm and blues community. The Radio City Music Hall concert is so magical. I remember when I first heard these songs, so it’s all about nostalgia for me, that’s for sure. I love that you can hear his passion, his commentary. You can feel his humor. He is quite funny. It’s a show in its own right. It’s something I’ve played with and christened my space to feel like home, like the house I grew up in. (I manifest that I will play Luther one day.) I play it on Apple Music and AirPlay on the house speakers. I still have the CD; I just don’t have anything to gamble on.
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