Rachel Boston is an American actor, best known for starring in series such as ‘American Dreams’ and ‘In Plain Sight.’ Born and raised in Tennessee, Rachel moved to New York City following her high-school graduation. Around the same time, she was also chosen as the winner of the ‘Miss Tennessee Teen USA’ pageant. She made her acting debut with the role as ‘Tina’ in a single episode of the series ‘The Andy Dick Show.’ She then appeared as ‘Beth Mason,’ a key character in the series ‘American Dreams.’ In the late 2000s, she played guest roles in several series, such as ‘Eastwick,’ ‘Crossing Jordan,’ and ‘ER.’ She also played regular roles in series such as ‘The Ex List’ and ‘In Plain Sight.’ In the more recent years, she had made a huge name for herself by her performances in several ‘Hallmark’ TV films, such as ‘Stop the Wedding,’ ‘A Rose for Christmas,’ and ‘The Last Bridesmaid.’ She has appeared in independent films such as ‘Blind Turn,’ ‘Coming Home,’ and ’10 Years Later.’ She has also produced the independent film ‘Black Marigolds.’
Childhood & Early Life
Rachel Elizabeth Boston was born on May 9, 1982, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, to Terry and Brenda Boston. She grew up in a hilly area, with her parents and two younger brothers.
Hers was a big joint family. She attended the ‘Girls Preparatory School’ in her hometown. Apart from desiring to become an actor, she also tried her hand at music and learned to play several musical instruments, such as the piano and the guitar. She sang choirs in churches at the age of 7. She also took dance lessons.
Rachel wanted to become an actor ever since she was a kid. Following her high-school graduation, she moved to New York City to try her luck as an actor. She admitted that even though she had no connections with the industry whatsoever, she was never afraid to make the move. She enrolled at ‘New York University.’
She also participated in beauty pageants from time to time, and at the age of 17, she ended up winning the ‘Miss Tennessee Teen’ pageant. She also participated in the national pageant, where she ended up in the top 10.
She moved to Los Angeles soon after and began auditioning for TV and film roles.
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In 2001, she made her acting debut with a guest role in the sketch comedy series ‘The Andy Dick Show.’ She then appeared in the breakthrough role of ‘Beth Mason’ in the series titled ‘American Dreams.’ She appeared in 50 episodes of the drama series. It was a commercial and critical success.
Following this, she appeared in guest roles in series such as ‘The Closer,’ ‘Love, Inc.,’ ‘The Loop,’ and ‘Happy Hour.’ She played an extended guest role in the 2006 series titled ‘7th Heaven.’
After making her film debut with a small role in the 2002 film titled ‘Smoking Herb,’ she appeared in the supporting role of ‘Lindsay’ in the independent comedy–drama film ‘Fifty Pills.’ The film premiered at the highly prestigious ‘Tribeca Film Festival.’
Throughout 2006, Rachel appeared in guest appearances in series such as ‘The Loop,’ ‘Happy Hour,’ and ‘NCIS.’ She also appeared in the pilot episodes of the series ‘The News’ and ‘Hackett,’ but the shows were never taken up by any channel.
In 2008, she received a huge break when she appeared as ‘Daphne Bloom,’ one of the lead characters in the comedy–drama series titled ‘The Ex List.’ Despite some good ratings and reviews, the show was canceled after the first season (spanning 13 episodes).
Rachel also appeared in guest roles in series such as ‘The Cleaner,’ ‘Eastwick,’ and ‘Castle.’ She was seen in a 3-episode cameo in the series titled ‘Scoundrels.’
In 2009, she appeared in the most well-known film of her acting career, ‘500 Days of Summer.’ The film was a huge critical and commercial success and was nominated for two ‘Golden Globe Awards.’ Rachel’s supporting role as ‘Alison’ was widely appreciated.
The same year, she appeared in yet another major motion picture. She played the role of ‘Deena’ in the film ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.’ The film was a huge critical success but failed to impress the reviewers. It received below-average ratings.
In 2011, she appeared as detective ‘Abigail Chaffee,’ one of the lead characters in the series titled ‘In Plain Sight.’ It was a commercial and critical success. However, Rachel only appeared in 16 episodes of the series before her character was removed from the series.
While she was unable to earn meaty roles in films, she decided to focus on independent films in the early 2010s. She was seen in films such as ‘Chance of Showers’ (2011) and ‘Blind Turn’ (2012). She also appeared as ‘Mindy’ in the romantic comedy ‘The Pill.’ The film was featured at several film festivals and was critically acclaimed upon its mainstream release.
She played the lead role of ‘Lexi Kivel’ in the art-house black comedy ‘It’s a Disaster.’ The film premiered at the ‘Los Angeles Film Festival’ and was praised by critics. However, it received a limited release.
She portrayed the key role of ‘Ingrid Beauchamp’ in the fantasy series titled ‘Witches of East End.’
In the more recent years, Rachel has appeared in ‘Hallmark’ TV films such as ‘Stop the Wedding,’ ‘A Rose for Christmas,’ and ‘The Good Doctor.’
She became an executive producer with the 2013 film titled ‘Black Marigolds,’ which also featured her in the lead role of ‘Kate Cole.’
Family & Personal Life
Although Rachel has managed to keep her private life away from the media glare, it was once reported that she had dated musician Brad Hargreaves back in 2004.
Rachel has always raised her voice against the sexism prevalent in Hollywood.