The American actress Rachel Keller was born on Christmas Day 1992, in Los Angeles, California, and has had a number of notable roles throughout her decade-long acting career. The celebrity grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and studied at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists before graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014. Rachel has a Jewish father, and celebrates Hanukkah.
Rachel’s career started off in 2012 with a number of minor roles in short films, sprinkled with guest-starring appearances in “The Mentalist” and “Supernatural”. Her first recurring TV role was playing Simone Gerhardt in seven episodes of “Fargo”, the darkly humorous crime drama series created by Noah Hawley, inspired by the 1996 film of the same name. The Coen brothers, who wrote and directed the iconic movie, were impressed by Noah’s script, and agreed to be named as executive producers of the series. Rachel was one of the supporting characters in season two, co-starring with Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kieran Culkin. The main storyline was a hit-and-run vehicular homicide committed by a beautician, and a triple homicide at a local diner.
In 2017, Rachel was cast as Sydney Barrett in the superhero series “Legion”, which follows a mutant named David Haller, who was wrongfully diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. Evading a government agency while trying to control his powers and the sinister forces who are out to get him, David’s distorted view of reality is reflected in the series. One of the hints of David being an unreliable narrator is the mix of 1960s design choices, and modern-day elements.
Sydney, who was named after Roger Barrett of Pink Floyd and appeared in every episode of the show, is a young mutant who becomes David’s girlfriend. Her astonishing ability allows her to trade minds with anyone she touches; as such, Sydney is withdrawn and avoids contact whenever possible.
When “Legion” came to an end in 2019, it didn’t take long for Rachel to find her next role, as Cassandra Pressman in three episodes of “The Society”, a mystery teen drama series created by Christopher Keyser and released on Netflix. The series was initially renewed for a second season, but eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cassandra Pressman is the older sister of the main character, Allie, who has spent her childhood growing up in the former’s shadow. A natural-born leader, Cassandra takes medication for her congenital heart defect, and has a close but somewhat tense relationship with Allie due to her bold and boisterous personality.
Following the end of “The Society”, Rachel played Linda Kolkena in “Dirty John”, a true crime anthology series based on the podcast of the same name, which premiered on Bravo in late 2018; Rachel was one of the main characters of the second season, starring alongside Amanda Peet and Christian Slater. The season follows the breakdown of Betty and Dan Broderick’s marriage, and the emotional toll it would have on Betty. Season one of the show was positively received by critics and garnered recognition at various awards ceremonies, such as the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
Rachel’s most recent TV role was playing Samantha Porter in “Tokyo Vice”, a crime drama series based on Jake Adelstein’s 2009 novel of the same name. The show premiered on HBO in April 2022, and was renewed for a second season two months later, reflecting favorable reviews and viewing figures.
A former Mormon and American expatriate living in Tokyo, Samantha works as a hostess in the Onyx club. Her varied roster of clients ranges from wealthy yakuza criminals to rundown salarymen. She is of special interest to Jake Adelstein (played by Ansel Elgort), an American journalist who moves to Tokyo, and decides to stay for longer than he initially intended, after delving into its corrupt underworld.
Tom Hanks' son, Truman Hanks, and actress Rachel Keller were in Niagara Falls, NY to film a couple scenes of "A Man Called Otto." In these movie flashback scenes, Truman is playing a younger version of his father Tom Hanks ("Otto"). pic.twitter.com/lcR9BwGjv5
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Although Rachel has triumphed in TV, her movie career includes roles in the Tom Hanks comedy “A Man Called Otto” and the 2019 sci-fi thriller “In the Shadow of the Moon”. The blonde has two upcoming roles: playing Francine in the Western movie “Butcher’s Crossing”, starring Nicolas Cage, and as Jessica Velardi in “The First Seal”. Both movies are currently in the post-production stages.
Rachel is 5ft 6ins (167cm) tall, weighs about 125lbs (58kgs), with vital statistics of 34-26-35.
Since she gained mainstream recognition in “Fargo”, the actress’s love life has been a topic of discussion amongst fans and netizens, but the Californian has yet to be publicly linked to anyone. In 2017, Rachel was rumored to be dating her “Legion” co-star Dan Stevens, who played her on-screen love interest; when both parties refused to confirm or deny the speculation, the rumors died down after a few months. A couple of years later, news outlets began teasing the possibility of a relationship between the “Tokyo Vice” star and the actor Antonio Marziale when they attended the premiere of horror drama “Child’s Play” together. However, Antonio later confirmed that he’s gay.
Given that Rachel has no public social media accounts, it’s hard to know what the actress gets up to between filming. Similarly, there are almost no significant details of her family members or life before fame. In a 2022 interview with Looper, the Californian discussed her work in “Tokyo Vice” and how she had to learn Japanese for the role.
“Singing is hard. Singing in front of people is hard. Singing in Japanese is hard… I shed some tears learning Japanese.” the “Legion” star said. She later added that her mother had grown up in Japan due to her [Rachel’s] grandfather working for Northwest Airlines, and that she was taught how to count to ten in the language when she was young.
While studying her character, Rachel read books about Japanese nightlife, interviewed hostesses, and went to hostess clubs to get a feel for the culture. The actress, whose net worth is estimated at $2 million thanks to her TV roles, also made clear that she isn’t picky when it comes to choosing roles, as long as there’s a great script. “If it’s fun and if there’s a lot of questions and interesting things about it, then of course,” she said.