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Rachel Nichols

Rachel NicholsRachel Emily Nichols, born January 8th, 1980 in Augusta, Maine is an American actress and model whom began modeling while attending Columbia University in New York City in the late 1990s. She graduated from Columbia University with a double major in math and economics.

Modelled for Guess?, Abercrombie & Fitch, L'Oreal and Nicole Miller, before she transitioned into acting in the early 2000s when she had a part in the romantic drama Autumn in New York in 2000 and a one-episode role in the fourth season of Sex and the City in 2002.

Her first major role was in the comedy Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd in 2003, and she went on to achieve wider recognition playing Rachel Gibson in the final season of the action television series Alias from 2005 to 2006, and for her role in the horror film The Amityville Horror during 2005.

Nichols obtained her first starring film role in the thriller P2 in 2007, and found mainstream success with the science-fiction action films Star Trek in 2009 and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, also during 2009 .

Her other notable films include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 from 2008, Conan the Barbarian in 2011, Alex Cross in 2012, Raze in 2013, and Inside during 2016.

Nichols starred in the television series Continuum from 2012 to 2015, and played notable roles in the sixth season of Criminal Minds in 2010 through 2011, the fourth seasons of both Chicago Fire in 2015 to 2016 and The Librarians in 2017 to 2018, and five episodes as a Gestapo officer named Martha on The Man in the High Castle.

Rachel NicholsRachel Nichols was born to Jim Nichols, a schoolteacher, and Alison Nichols. She attended Cony High School, where she competed in the high jump.

Nichols said in an interview that she was never the hot chick in high school and her mother would casually refer to her as "a late bloomer", "which meant that I had uncontrollable arms and legs, I had very long appendages. I took several years of very highly structured dance classes for me to be able to control myself."

Upon graduating in 1998, she enrolled at Columbia University in New York City, aiming for a career as a Wall Street analyst. She was noticed by a modeling agent during lunch one day and was invited to work in Paris. Through modeling she eventually paid her tuition from the proceeds from this modeling work.

She worked on advertising campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess, and L'Oréal - she also hosted several MTV specials. Nichols studied economics and psychology, as well as drama, graduating from Columbia in 2003 with a double major in mathematics and economics.

Nichols stated in September of 2008 that "the modeling shoes have now been hung up."

Nichols had done some work in commercials and had a bit part as a model in the romantic drama film Autumn in New York during 2000 when her modeling agent managed to get her a one-episode role in the fourth season of Sex and the City in 2002.

Rachel NicholsShe later said she had "never really done a proper audition before", and added that "I had such fun filming on set that day that it actually made me want to pursue a career in acting more diligently."

Later that year she was cast in her first major film role as Jessica, a dogged student newspaper reporter, in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd during 2003.

Even though the film was panned by critics, the actual making of it was a learning experience for Nichols. She said, "I was a sponge for the entire time I was in Atlanta during filming and freely admitted that I had no idea what was going on."

"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."

The following year, Nichols played a member of a high school debate team in the independent film Debating Robert Lee during 2004 and had a two-episode role in the crime drama television series Line of Fire that same year, which was cancelled after 11 of 13 produced episodes were broadcast.

By August 2004, she was cast in supporting roles in the horror films The Amityville Horror in 2005 and The Woods in 2006.

Towards the end of February 2004, Nichols was cast in a starring role in a then-untitled drama pilot for the Fox Broadcasting Company. According to Variety, her character was to be "a DEA agent who goes undercover at a high school".

Rachel NicholsTodd and Glenn Kessler were developing the series, ultimately titled The Inside. The pilot they produced did not satisfy studio executives, however, and Tim Minear was brought in to create a new pilot for the series in late September 2004, replacing the Kesslers as executive producer and showrunner.

The Inside was originally supposed to air mid-season, but the new pilot itself was reshot and the series was pushed back. The new concept made Nichols' character a rookie FBI agent assigned to the FBI's Los Angeles Violent Crimes Unit.

The series premiered in June 2005 and critical reception was mixed; it had been scheduled opposite the popular Dancing with the Stars on ABC, and due to low ratings six of the 13 produced episodes were aired - it was not picked up for further episodes.

Following The Inside, Nichols found work on the fifth season of the serial action series Alias in 2005, being cast that July. Nichols starred as Rachel Gibson, a computer expert who thought she was working for the CIA when in fact she was working for a dangerous criminal organization.

It was a situation similar to that of the series' main character Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) in the first season. Discovering the truth, Gibson joins the real CIA and becomes Bristow's protégée.

Of working on Alias, Nichols said that "to say it's the nicest set on the planet is an understatement". Her role involved multiple fight sequences, as did Garner's.

Rachel NicholsNichols worked with Garner's personal trainer and said she "already knew that [Garner's] job was extremely hard. But I didn't know how difficult it was until I started training for just one fight."

Nichols was being groomed to replace Garner as the main character due to the latter's pregnancy, which had been written into the storyline. But Alias was canceled in November 2005, making its fifth season its final.

"I think everybody knew that the show wouldn't work without Jennifer", Nichols said, "But still, they were grooming me, so it was heartbreaking when it happened."

In 2005, Nichols played a brief role in the romantic drama Shopgirl and played a more notable role as a babysitter in The Amityville Horror. For the latter, she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scream Scene and the MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance.

She later revealed that she almost did not audition for the film due to her fear of dogs. "Producer Michael Bay has these gigantic dogs. And, when I went to audition for The Amityville Horror, I went into his offices and these three huge dogs were there, and I almost turned around."

"I was like, 'No, I'm not going to read for this film.' I actually used the dogs in my audition to think of what would scare me the most." The Amityville Horror received generally negative reception from critics, but was a commercial success.

Rachel NicholsThe Woods, which had been shelved for around 18 months, was released directly-to-DVD in October 2006, to a positive critical response.

Nichols had a small part in the drama film Resurrecting the Champ in 2007, playing the assistant to a sportswriter (Josh Hartnett) who believes he has found a former boxing legend (Samuel L. Jackson) living homeless on the streets.

Also that year, Nichols had a bit part in the fact-based political drama Charlie Wilson's War in 2007 and was cast in a new science fiction drama television series Them, which was ultimately not picked up by Fox.

Her first starring film role was in the 2007 horror–thriller P2, as a businesswoman who becomes trapped inside a public parking garage with a deranged security guard.

About the dress her character wears for much of the film, Nichols said, "When I read the script originally, it wasn't a dress, it was a small nightgown with no bra or underwear. Then I read the first scene where she gets wet, and I went: 'OK, this has got to be altered!'"

Nichols said in an interview that among the rules established in her contract were: "I will not get wet and show nipples" in addition to no nudity. A bra was sewn into the "Marilyn Monroe dress" she wore in the film.

She said, "I wasn't going to run around for two months without a bra, I thought that was inappropriate. But in place of the nipples there's clearly a lot of cleavage. So we made a compromise."

Rachel NicholsP2 was generally disliked by critics and flopped at the box office. Reviewer James Berardinelli said that her performance was "admirable, although one wonders whether she was cast more for her physical assets than her acting ability."

John Anderson of Variety wrote that "Nichols is in territory well trod over the years by everyone from Fay Wray and Grace Kelly to Heather Langenkamp, the terrified but gutsy heroine, who in this case has been chloroformed and put into a sheer white evening dress by her abductor—who must have anticipated that his captive would try to escape in an elevator, which he could then fill with water."

Nichols' considerable physical attributes, henceforth, seem to occupy most of the screen. She's sympathetic, hysterical when required and likeable."

Nichols had a supporting role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 in 2008, playing a jealous friend of America Ferrera's character. Overall, the film was well received by critics.

Roger Ebert commented that Nichols as her character Julia "proves a principle that should be in the Little Movie Glossary: If a short, curvy, sun-kissed heroine [Ferrera] has a tall, thin blond as a roommate, that blond is destined to be a bitch. No way around it."

Stephen Holden, writing for The New York Times, similarly said, "It falls to Ms. Nichols to play the movie's designated blond baddie, a cold, arrogant vixen who tries to undermine Ferrera's character's triumphs in romance and onstage."

Rachel NicholsNichols was cast in Star Trek in 2009, but due to the project's secrecy her role was initially unknown even to her; she said that month she did not even know her character's name. It was speculated that she would play Janice Rand, but she would actually play an Orion cadet at Starfleet Academy.

Nichols was cast as Shana "Scarlett" O'Hara in the live-action film adaptation of the G.I. Joe franchise G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in late 2007. She later said that she accepted director Stephen Sommers' offer for the role without having read the actual script.

"I'd heard from other people that the script was quite good. And then when I finally got to read it myself ... I really, really liked it. I liked that there were two kick-ass female roles. And I liked the fact that it wasn't just a big action movie and there was comedy in it."

"I was genuinely really happily surprised when I read the script." She put on approximately 15 pounds (6.8 kg) of muscle for the role and trained in mixed martial arts with co-star Sienna Miller for some of the film's action sequences and Nichols was burned by a flame during the filming of a fight scene with Miller.

Like The Amityville Horror, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was not well received by most critics, but performed well at the box office. Richard Corliss of Time wrote that Nichols had "an appealing manner and comely biceps" as Scarlett O'Hara and took notice of her "savory girl fight with Sienna Miller, as the mostly villainous Baroness."

After G.I. Joe, Nichols' next project was the horror film For Sale by Owner, where she played the half of a newly wed couple buying a house with a secret past. The film only received a direct-to-DVD release.

Rachel NicholsNichols starred as a police detective assigned to investigate the murder of a young boy in the small-scale crime drama Meskada in 2010, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release in North America.

In the 3-D sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian, a reimagining of the 1982 film of the same name which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nichols starred as a master of martial arts, a priestess, and the love interest of the titular character.

She performed her own stunts in the high-stakes action scenes and fight sequences, but a double was used for a sex scene with co-star Jason Momoa. Filming occurred between March and July 2010 in Bulgaria, and Conan was released on August 19th, 2011.

Budgeted at US$90 million, the film received negative reviews, and only grossed US$48.8 worldwide. The Boston Globe felt that Nichols portrayed her "pure-blooded innocent" character with the "enthusiasm of a bored office receptionist".

Nichols first guest starred in three episodes of CBS's Criminal Minds, and was then promoted as a series regular. Her role was Ashley Seaver, an FBI cadet assigned to the BAU.

The casting choice came amid uproar from the series' fanbase as she was brought in to replace exiting actresses A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster. However, as the season went on, viewers eventually gave her character a warm reception.

Rachel Nichols"It just kind of worked. It was a long process," she said. It was eventually announced that Nichols had been let go from the show.

Nichols next starred in the independent romantic comedy A Bird of the Air in 2011, where she took on the role of "a librarian who joins a highway patrolman to uncover the mysteries behind the cryptic sayings spoken by an ancient parrot."

She described the production as a "quirky, edgy love story" and felt that her part was a "departure from some of the roles I've been offered". The film received a limited theatrical release and a mixed critical response.

The New York Times remarked that the actress "is consistently appealing in the kind of role Zooey Deschanel has pretty much cornered", while Village Voice found her character to be a "grating twit".

In Continuum, a Canadian science fiction series, Nichols starred as a police officer against a group of rebels from the year 2077 who time-travel to Vancouver, BC in the year 2012. The series premiered on Showcase on May 27th, 2012, and its first episode became the highest-rated single episode ever on the network.

Continuum ran for four seasons until October 9th, 2015, and earned Nichols a Constellation Award and two Saturn Award nominations for Best Actress on Television.

Nichols starred opposite Tyler Perry in the thriller Alex Cross in 2012, as the blighted colleague of a psychologist and police lieutenant. Like Conan, her previous wide release, the film garnered negative reviews and made a lackluster US$34.6 million worldwide.

Rachel NicholsIn the independent exploitation film Raze in 2013, she appeared opposite Zoë Bell as women forced to fight against each other for the twisted entertainment of the wealthy elite. Nichols is credited as an executive producer in the film, and was drawn to the project for its female "empowering" message, remarking: "Give us a challenge and we'll meet it. We're stronger than you think we are. I loved that about it. That was what drew me to it and that's what had always been promised". Raze premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and received a limited release in NYC and Los Angeles. She next starred with Nicolas Cage in the action thriller Rage in 2014, as the wife of a reformed criminal seeking his own brand of justice after their daughter gets kidnapped.

The film was released for selected theaters and video on demand. In 2014, she made a one-episode appearance in the Lifetime series Witches of East End and debuted in a recurring arc in USA Network's Rush. The following year, she obtained a recurring role as a "problem employee at the law firm she works at" in the fourth season of Chicago Fire.

Nichols starred in the science-fiction thriller Pandemic in 2016, as a doctor who leads a group to find survivors of a worldwide pandemic. The film was released for selected theaters and VOD, and in its review, The Hollywood Reporter remarked that Nichols "attempts to adopt an attitude somewhere between shell-shocked survivor and sympathetic physician, but doesn't manage to fulfill the role's potential".

Rachel NicholsIn Inside, a Spanish-American remake of the 2007 French horror film of the same name, Nichols took on the starring role of a pregnant woman accosted in her home by an unknown woman who intends to steal her baby.

The film was released in Spanish cinemas on July 28th, 2017 and in the United States on January 12, 2018. Nichols next obtained another recurring role on television - this time, that of a former librarian and guardian who has been thrust back five centuries into the past to finally move forward, in the fourth season of the TNT fantasy series The Librarians.

For her four-episode performance, she received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Guest Starring Role on Television.

In 2019, Nichols had a five-episode run as a Gestapo bodyguard named Martha Stroud on the fourth season of the alternate history series The Man in the High Castle.

Nichols married film producer Scott Stuber on July 26th, 2008, in Aspen, Colorado where she allowed her hair to return to its natural blond color for the ceremony, as it had been dyed red for her consecutive roles in Star Trek and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

They were working on building a home in Cabo San Lucas shortly after their honeymoon, but seven months later, in February 2009, Nichols and Stuber separated due to irreconcilable differences.

On December 30th, 2013, Nichols confirmed her engagement to Michael Kershaw, a real estate developer that she married in September 2014.

"History is fickle. We know that. The good and bad come around and go around, and go around again. There are recessions and depressions and economic boom and bust. I'm concerned about the future. I think many people acknowledge we're on a path that can't be sustained..."

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Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Autumn in New York Model at Bar
2003 Relationship 101 Jennifer Masters
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Jessica Matthews
2004 A Funny Thing Happened at the Quick Mart Jennifer Short film
Walk Into a Bar Short film
Debating Robert Lee Trilby Moffat
2005 The Amityville Horror Lisa
Shopgirl Trey's Girlfriend
2006 The Woods Samantha Wise Direct-to-DVD
2007 Resurrecting the Champ Polly
P2 Angela Bridges
Charlie Wilson's War Suzanne
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Julia Beckwith
2009 Star Trek Gaila
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Shana "Scarlett" O'Hara
For Sale by Owner Anna Farrier Direct-to-DVD
2010 Meskada Leslie Spencer Direct-to-DVD
Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis Daniella Short film
2011 Conan the Barbarian Tamara
A Bird of the Air Fiona
2012 Alex Cross Monica Ashe
2013 Raze Jamie
McCanick Amy Intrator
2014 Rage Vanessa Maguire
2016 Pandemic Lauren Chase / Rebecca Thomas
Inside Sarah Clarke
TBA Breach Chambers

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Sex and the City Alexa Episode: "A 'Vogue' Idea"
2004 Line of Fire Alex Myer Episode: "Eminence Front: Parts 1 & 2"
2005 The Inside Rebecca Locke Main role
2005–2006 Alias Rachel Gibson Main role (season 5)
2007 Them Donna Shaw Television special
2010–2011 Criminal Minds Ashley Seaver Main role (season 6)
2012–2015 Continuum Kiera Cameron Main role
2014 Witches of East End Isis Episode: "The Brothers Grimoire"
Rush Corrinne Rush Recurring role
2015 Chicago Fire Jamie Killian Recurring role (season 4)
2017–2018 The Librarians Nicole Noone Recurring role (season 4)
2018 Taken Eve Episode: "All About Eve"
2018–2019 Titans Angela Azarath Recurring role (season 1); guest role (season 2)
2019 The Man in the High Castle Martha 5 episodes (season 4)

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Scream Scene The Amityville Horror Nominated
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best Frightened Performance The Amityville Horror Nominated
2006 Method Fest Indy Film Festival Best Cast Debating Robert Lee Won
2012 ITV Festival Best Actress Underwater Won
2013 Constellation Awards Best Female Performance Continuum Won
2014 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Continuum Nominated
2015 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Continuum Nominated
2018 Saturn Awards Best Guest Performance in a Television Series The Librarians Nominated

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