Nico Scholly is originally from Chicago, but to many Below Deck fans — and chief stew Kate Chastain — his accent doesn't always have that Chi-town sound to it on the show. "Apparently, when I drink, it just comes out," the deckhand recently told The Daily Dish about why his accent might sound a little different to some viewers (clip above). "I'm from Chicago. I'm Mexican, English, and Scottish, and I really don't know."
Nico said it's possible that it could be a result of the international nature of his occupation. "I did 52 countries in two years, only a few Americans onboard, a lot of Aussies, a lot of people from the U.K.," the deckhand said of one summer world tour where he traveled from Eastern Africa to the Mediterranean to the Caribbean on a yacht. "You're rooming with them, you're living with them. By the end of it, you pick it up. They say within three months, you pick up an accent."
Nico said he's even caught off-guard by his own accent when he's had a few drinks. "Sometimes, I get the juice in me, and I hear a few words, I'm like, 'What?'" he said.
Of course, Nico is proud of his hometown (and yes, he's super excited about the Cubs being in the World Series), but he was eager to get out of it when he first got into yachting. "My parents were friends with this other couple, and their son actually went to high school with me, and he was this guy traveling all around the world, getting paid to do it and no expenses. Who wouldn't want to do that?" Nico explained. "Things weren't the best for me at the time in Chicago. I was 18, 19 years old, so I packed all my stuff, got rid of my apartment and flew right down to Fort Lauderdale and got to the grind."
Nico revealed that he did take some time off from yachting, but he is now more dedicated to being in the industry than ever as he looks for another job. "I left yachting for a little bit. I was thinking about staying in Chicago and doing real estate, but when you get that itch, you've got to itch it," he shared. "I'm actually officially back into the game."
These days, Nico said he is "absolutely" glad that he got into yachting. "I came a long way. It's actually, I think, changed my life for the best. It really has," Nico said. "The most amazing thing is when I was in Cuba. The crew was in tears from the amount of stuff that we saw. We brought school supplies, fishing gear. We literally changed people's lives individually. It gives me the goosebumps thinking about it. It's a great opportunity. You can really do some good with it."
See more of Nico's yachting adventures from this season of Below Deck — and judge his accent for yourself — below.