"According to an interview with Yen magazine, Nikki's father, Seth Reed, is of Jewish heritage, while her mother, Cheryl Houston, a hairdresser, has Italian and Cherokee Native American ancestry. Nikki was raised mostly in her father's Jewish religion. Her parents divorced when she was just two years old. She an older brother, Nathan August Reed, who was born on November 23, 1986. She grew up in Culver City, California, where her mother still resides.Nikki wrote the script for Thirteen (2003) in six days while she was on Winter Holiday. Close friends with Thirteen (2003) co-star Evan Rachel Wood, and with director Catherine Hardwicke. Some of her hobbie's are to go horseback riding and to live without anyone else".