Rachel Nichols, co-star of the "The Amityville Horror" Movie!
Rachel is a total package, she's gorgeous, intelligent and talented. Her accomplishments as an international model and a Columbia University graduate, and most recent acting movie and TV experiences prove her attributes. Rachel Nichols plays in "The Inside" (2005) TV Series as Rebecca Locke, FBI agent, in ''The Woods'' (2005) as Samantha, in The Amityville Horror (2005), ''Debating Robert Lee'' (2004) as Trilby Moffat, in '' A Funny Thing Happened at the Quick Mart ''(2004) as Jennifer and in ''Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd'' (2003) as Jessica and also in ''Autumn in New York'' (2000).
Rachel Emily Nichols was born on January 8, 1980, in Augusta, Maine, USA. Her height is 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Meet Rachel Nichols
This 25-year-old actress from Augusta, Maine, is a wildly successful international model, a Columbia University grad, and is now destined for even greater heights after her star turn in the upcoming comedy smash Dumb and Dumberer.
Bottom of the class:
“I definitely wasn’t one of the cool kids in high school. I was a dork. I was this shy, skinny, flat-chested girl with long arms.”
“One day I looked down and I had breasts. I said, ‘Wow! How’d that happen?’ I was so excited I had to call my mom.”
Her scent-iments exactly:
“It sounds so cheesy, I know. But the way a man smells is really important. It must be something about the pheromones. People think I’m nuts. But there’s something very primal, very animalistic about it.”
Rachel Nichols' debut on Fox TV ''The Inside''
At first glance, Danny Roberts (Rachel Nichols, Dumb & Dumberer) seems to be the quintessential American teenager, dating the quarterback at a suburban high school. Only a few know her secret: Danny is not really a high school student, but a 22-year-old federal agent working undercover. Helping Danny – who is actually Agent ELIZABETH WORTH – maintain her cover is Agent Sean Eckhardt (Peter Facinelli, Fastlane).
In the pilot episode, Danny / Elizabeth's drug investigation is sidetracked when her high school "boyfriend" is murdered. She must confront the pressures of getting personally involved in the lives of her classmates, while working to solve the murder and put the drug investigation back on track – all without blowing her cover. Over the course of the series, Danny's assignments will vary, but she always faces the unique challenges of going undercover to solve crimes.
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Rachel Nichols: Dumb & Dumberer
The love interest of Dumb & Dumberer discusses giggling on set, crashing into a school bus, and nude mud wrestling with Mimi Rogers.
June 09, 2003 - Of all the actors in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Rachel Nichols has it the toughest. As Jessica, potential love interest to titular heroes Lloyd Christmas (Eric Christian Olsen) and Harry Dunne (Derek Richardson), Nichols has to maintain a straight face throughout the entire thing, even as comedy veterans like Eugene Levy and novice cut-ups like Richardson do their darnedest to crack her up.
"That was the hardest part of my job," Nichols confesses, chatting with reporters during a recent press event at Beverly Hill's posh Four Seasons. "At one point, I had to send the boys [Richardson and Olsen] away. They weren't nice to me when they knew that I was laughing and once you've got the giggles, just looking at them [is] really difficult. So I'd have to send them away or make them close their eyes."
Not that that did any good, mind you. "And if I made them close their eyes, then they would start doing sort of weird, poking things to each other, so I would turn around and have to be all serious and say, 'Lloyd! Harry! What are you doing here? I've been kidnapped!' And you can see it in my eyes – I'm just trying really hard not to laugh, because 20 takes later, the camera crew hates me and I'm about to be fired."
Fat chance of that. Though she's a newcomer to Hollywood – Dumberer marks her first major role – this recent Columbia grad knew how to handle herself during the film's Atlanta shoot, and says that she used the experience as an opportunity to learn. "I was a sponge for the entire time I was in Atlanta and freely admitted that I had no idea what was going on," she says. "I had never done a big film before, I had never been the lead in a film before and any advice anyone wanted to give me, I was more than willing to take."
Nichols' other challenges during filming included obstacles of a more physical nature. One of her big scenes is a car chase wherein Jessica tails a school bus. And though many of the major stunts in the scene were handled by a double, Nichols herself did end up behind the wheel. "Basically, my stunt double was a very broad-shouldered, dark-skinned, dark-haired man. Very nice guy, Bob, he was a great guy. However, from about 500 yards away, you could tell that that probably wasn't me," she explains. "I mean, I'm slender and about six inches taller than he was and I have fair skin."
After it became apparent that the double wasn't going to work for some of the closer shots, Nichols agreed to give it a try. "So...they're in the bus, I'm behind them, [director Troy Miller] is on the walkie-talkie that's sitting next to me. And the stunt guy's lying in the back. He's a lot of help right?" she laughs. "And I was on the walkie-talkie with Troy. Troy would say, 'OK, Rachel, speed up real fast and get as close to the bus as you can!'"
As the sequence continues, Nichols is supposed to swerve off to the side. "I'm driving and swerving to the side and tires are screeching and then I actually ran into the bus, which is the take that you see in the movie, which was an accident," she says. "I wasn't supposed to run into the bus. I hit the bus and initially got really embarrassed. All the [kids] that were on the bus started laughing at me. And Troy came out screaming at me. 'How could you do this? Do you know how much money we've put into this prop?' Now I'm near tears...and Troy starts laughing at me. Because that's the way Troy is. He pulls you along to the last second. And he was just like, 'I think we're gonna try to use that take.' My dad's gonna be so unhappy, he paid for defensive driving and look what I did!"
Still, Nichols relished the opportunity to play a character like Jessica, an aspiring journalist who works for the high school newspaper. "Jessica gets to be the best of both worlds, basically, which is the initial appeal of the character," she says. "She is sweet and she's nice to everyone, and she's the hot chick in high school, which I would love to say that I was, but I definitely wasn't. But she also gets to be smart, and that was really important to me."
So if Nichols wasn't her school's resident hot chick, what was she? "My mom uses the euphemistic phrase 'a late bloomer,' which meant that I had uncontrollable arms and legs, I had very long appendages," she says, stretching out her arms to demonstrate. "I took several years of very highly structured dance classes for me to be able to control myself. And I was a klutz! I was best friends with everyone and every boy that I ever had a crush on wanted to date my best friend."
We're guessing that all of that's about to change – especially considering the fact that Nichols' most talked about scene has the actress sharing an onscreen smooch with co-star Mimi Rogers. Naturally, this begs the question: Is Rogers a good kisser? "Oh, yes," says Nichols. "I told everyone from Playboy to the Family Channel yesterday that she has soft lips and good breath and it was great. It's actually the most fun scene to talk about, so I don't mind talking about it or answering questions. As long as we don't get into the nude mud wrestling scene, 'cause that got cut out..."
Wait...what's this about nude mud wrestling? "They had to take it out," Nichols demurs. "Wanted to keep that PG-13."
After being quizzed on the subject for a few minutes more, Nichols finally admits that she's just teasing. "I was kidding," she says, grinning. "There really was no nude mud wrestling! As much as I would love to tell you that [there was]."
Hmmm. Looks like she's pretty good at that straight man thing after all.
One On One With Rachel Nichols
Rachel plays Jessica, the ambitious school reporter anxious to find evidence of wrongdoing by the school's nefarious Principal Collins (Eugene Levy). She is a former model for Guess Jeans and Abercrombie and Fitch, and has appeared on MTV and in HBO's "Sex in the City."
This is a sequel to a hugely successful movie. Did you feel any pressure that came along with that?
Rachel: Initially yes. Initially you get this script that says "DUMB AND DUMBER 2" and you go, "Wow, that's kind of bold." And you wonder how they were going to pull this off. The script was funny. They seemed to have good people lined up to do it. And then when I got to the set and met Eric, he was this well-built, tan, sexy, sweet, surfer boy. And I said, "Excuse me, who are you, what's going on?" He said "I'm gonna play Lloyd Christmas." And I thought, "Oh my good god, how is this going to happen?" And I didn't recognize him the first day in make up. That was the hardest thing to sell, basically, that they were going to find two guys that were going to look like a young Lloyd and Harry. Then that wasn't really a burden anymore, because we just believed it, and we just went on to make the funny comedy that it is.
Have you seen the original?
Rachel: Of course. Not only did I see it, but I had a younger brother so we owned it.
Is Mimi Rogers a good kisser?
Rachel: Oh yes. I told everyone from Playboy to the Family Channel yesterday. It's actually the most fun scene to talk about, so I don't mind talking about it, and answering questions without getting into the nude mud wrestling scene, because that got cut out. The make out scene wasn't added to the script until after I signed on. But she was so sweet that it didn't make much of a difference.
What were some of the scenes that got cut?
Rachel: Oh good lord, where to begin? There was a couple of different things I saw at the first screening, which was much longer. There was a musical number with Lloyd's dad [played by Luis Guzman] talking about "getting some" on his date with Jessica. The intro was a bit longer, actually, like there was this big steadicam shot that went down, and they changed a bunch of things around, I think they tested a bunch of different lengths. I had one scene with Cheri Oteri where I asked to go on the field trip and she told me no. And then you get to see me go out to the bus and follow them with my car. There's one scene I know will be on the DVD. Lloyd and Harry go to the gas station at night. You see a cut from it at the end in the bloopers section. Harry is dressed like a queen. Well, that scene was actually really funny. And Eric [who plays Lloyd] is dressed like a ninja. They are creeping up on the gas station. That should definitely be on the DVD.
And why is Harry dressed like a queen?
Rachel: Because he, obviously being the special, slightly weird individual that he is, he was told to dressed "not to be seen". So of course Harry shows up dressed like a queen. So Lloyd says, "I said 'dress so not be seen, not dressed like a queen.' " And Harry's like, "Oh, it was really hard getting my mom to lend me her drapes." So he's got a tiara on and very blatant curtains sort of wrapped around his shoulders.
What was it like being the straight person through all of this madness?
Rachel: At one point I had to send the boys away because they weren't nice to me when they knew that I was laughing. Just looking at them became very difficult so I'd have to look away or make them close their eyes. And then they would start doing weird poking things to each other. So when you hear me say, "Lloyd, Harry what are you doing here, I've been kidnapped by Principal Collins..." you can see in my eyes I'm just trying really hard not to laugh. Twenty takes later, the camera crew hates me and I'm about to be fired.
What's the role of women in movies like this?
Rachel: Jessica is the best of both worlds basically, which is the initial appeal of the character... because she's sweet and she's nice to everyone and she's the hot chick in high school, which I'd love to say that I was, but I guess I wasn't. And she also gets to be smart. And that was really important to me, because a lot of time, the high school girl who's the object of everyone's affection is either really rude and bitchy... or she's dumb as nails. And I was happy I didn't have to be either one of those. Which is nice for younger girls. She edits for the newspaper. She's ambitious, motivated, and cute at the same time.
How was it that you weren't hot in high school?
Rachel: I was, as my mom puts it, a late bloomer. Which meant I had uncontrollable arms and legs... I had very long appendages, and it took several years of highly structured dance classes for me to be able to control myself. I was a klutz. I was best friends with everyone, and every boy I ever had a crush on wanted to date my best friend. Except now, when I go home. That's the fun part.
How did the casting process go for you?
Rachel: I was out here from New York and I'd auditioned on and off, for about a year and a half to two years. So every time I was out here, I had a boyfriend living here at the time, I would audition. And I went in and met with John Papsidera [the casting director]. Of course, it's the day that I'm late, I'm a complete disaster, sort of un-showered and scraggly... I'd just woken up and everything's going wrong. I had a 10 minute conversation with him and he was fabulous. And I told him that I had to take off Sunday to be back in New York on Monday. He said, "Well, today's Friday. Tomorrow night you're gonna have to meet Troy Miller [the director], because I really want him to meet you before you leave." And I thought to myself, "Oh, that has to be a good sign." And so I met Troy, and talked to him for a long time about Jessica, and then flew back to New York. Two weeks later, I flew out to test with Derek Richardson, who, when I met in John's office, I said "Oh, you've got to be playing Harry." And we tested together and then, I think it was two weeks after, I was moved to Atlanta. It was a typical casting process, where you go from the casting director to the director to read for the producers... stuff like that. It was atypical for me since I ended up with the job.
Looks like in one of the outtakes you got hurt in a collision with Derek. What happened there?
Rachel: Derek, as sweet as he is, doesn't know his own strength. I'm walking to him in my initial opening scene where you meet Jessica. And she walks up to him and Harry's supposed to bump into her. Well, it was on a bit of a grade, and I was walking up the grade and he walked into me, knocking me off the set, basically. And I think you can hear Troy saying in one of the outtakes: "Don't hurt the girl! Don't hurt the girl! If she's down, we're out." He would really deck me sometimes, and I'd get knocked on my ass.
You're a Columbia grad. Did you study drama?
Rachel: Actually, I studied economics and psychology. I studied drama while I was at Columbia, but since I was paying for the Arts and Sciences undergraduate program, I took classes there too.
Had you ever seen any of Bob Saget's stand up comedy before you had to work with him?
Rachel: I hadn't actually seen any of it, but I'd heard about it, he's friends with the director. He had one of the funniest parts. When he comes in and he's meeting Harry for the first time... who's yelling obscenities at me and then eats pads of butter.
Did you do any of your stunt driving in the scene where you're chasing the bus?
Rachel: I actually had to do a lot of the driving, which wasn't in my contract. Basically, my stunt double was a very broad shouldered, dark-haired, dark skinned man. He was a great guy, however, from about 500 yards away, you can tell it wasn't me. So what happened was, after they did the jump with the car, they tried to have me do some of the other driving. Troy said "We can see his dark eyebrows," which wasn't working for them, so they said, "Can you drive?" And I said "Oh good lord, yes I can." Troy shot it so that they were driving in the bus and I was in the car driving behind them. Troy's on the walkie talkie sitting next to me, and this stunt guy's like lying in the back, which is going to help, what's he gonna do if we're in an accident? So I'm on the walkie talkie with Troy and he's going, "Okay, speed up real fast and get as close to the bus as you can." So I'm driving and the tires are screeching and I actually rammed into the bus, which is the take that you see in the movie. I wasn't supposed to run into the bus. I initially got really embarrassed. All the special needs kids that were in the bus started laughing at me because I actually hit the bus and Troy came out screaming at me. "How could you do this? Do you know how much money we've put into that prop?" Now I'm in tears, and he's starts laughing, because that's the way Troy is. Then he's like "I think I'm gonna try to use that take."
Do you think you could handle the next "FAST AND FURIOUS"?
Rachel: Exactly. "Hello Paul Walker. Here I come with my station wagon."
What kinds of doors has this film opened for you?
Rachel: You know, it's done a lot of good things already and it hasn't even come out yet. It was a very good learning experience, which I think is very important, and it was a very easy set to learn on. I was a sponge the entire time I was in Atlanta. I freely admit that I had no idea what was going on, I had never done a big budget film before. Any advice anyone wanted to give me I was willing to take.
Do you have anything lined up for your next film?
Rachel: Nothing definite. I've been doing exactly what Eric and Derek have been doing, reading a lot of scripts, figuring out what's next.
Rachel Nichols' new movie ''The Woods''
"The Woods" is a psychological horror story that begins when a neglected teenager named Heather (Bruckner) is dropped off by her parents at a remote all-girls boarding school deep in the forest. Watched over by sinister head-mistress Ms. Traverse (Clarkson) and her staff, Heather is tormented by her classmates and is desperate to go home. But when students start disappearing and she begins to have horrifying visions, Heather realizes things at the school are not what they seem. She only knows there's something out there in the woods - and it won't be letting her leave any time soon.