“I have dreams, and sometimes you wonder how far you’ll go for those dreams, especially when the boundaries of work are very ill-defined. I walk out of some auditions thinking, ‘I can’t believe I just did that.’” Rachel Blanchard
Canadian television and movie actress Rachel Blanchard is maybe most well-known for her portrayals as Beverly Hills teen extraordinaire Cher Horowitz in the TV series adaptation “Clueless” (1996-99) and Roxanne Richardson in the successful drama “7th Heaven” (2002-04). She also starred in such series as “War of the Worlds” (1988-90), the popular Nickelodeon “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” (1992-93), “Criss Cross” (1993) and the acclaimed sitcom “Peep Show” (2004).
As a movie actress, the blonde performer who frequently be confused with other flaxen celebrity beauties like Maggie Lawson and Sara Paxton has dotted her resume with numerous vehicles, including Iron Eagle IV (1995), The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Road Trip (2000), Sugar & Spice (2001), Without a Paddle (2004) and Where the Truth Lies (2005).Recently costarring in Bruce McCulloch’s Comeback Season (2006), Blanchard is scheduled to appear in David R. Ellis’ horror Snakes on a Plane (2006), with Samuel L. Jackson, Byron Lawson as well as Nathan Phillips, and star in Our Thirties (2006, TV).
Off screen, Blanchard is a vegetarian. She was named the 73rd of FHM’s “100 Sexiest Girls” in 2001 and was listed No. 37 in this magazines’ 2002 poll.
Childhood and Family:
On March 19, 1976, Rachel Elise Blanchard was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She attended Humbercrest Junior Public School in Toronto, Ontario and furthered her studies at Havergal College, an all girls school in Toronto. After graduation, she went to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, to study psychology, but drooping out to pursue acting career. A passionate hockey fan, Rachel was a member of her school’s hockey team and continues to practice the sport up to now. She also likes spending her spare time by doing such activities as traveling, rock-climbing and hiking.
Toronto born and raised actress Rachel Blanchard got her start in a McDonald’s commercial, a role that pave the ways for her subsequent acting jobs. Her first real acting assignment came in 1982 with the TV series “The Kids of Degrassi Street,” ensued by a recurring part in “The Littlest Hobo” (1985), a supporting turn as Wendy in the TV drama Alex: The Life of a Child (1986), as well as a regular in the syndicated show “War of the Worlds” (1988-90), portraying a microbiologist’s daughter Debi McCullough.
A young Blanchard went on to undertake TV roles by guest starring in “Katts and Dog” and “The Hitchhiker” (both 1990) and having her sophomore telepic in Clarence (1990). But, it was her role as Kristen in the hit Nickelodeon supernatural anthology series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” (1992-93) that won Blanchard notice. In the meantime, she also had a supporting role as Tania in the Canadian-produced TV movie On My Own, which was released theatrically in the U.S in 1992, and played co-ed Dinah McGee in the prep school comedy-drama “Criss Cross” (1993).
Blanchard teamed up with Stacy Keach, Margot Kidder, Nick Mancuso and Kristen Holden-Reid in the Canadian film Young Ivanhoe, directed by Ralph L. Thomas, and appeared as Kitty Shaw in the Louis Gossett, Jr. starring vehicle Iron Eagle IV (both 1995) before returning to small screen as Ellen Fisher in the first four episodes of the short-lived series “Flash Forward,” the next year.
Her breakthrough TV role, however, arrived when she won the coveted role of Cher Horowitz in the sitcom version “Clueless” (1996-1999), a role that was played by Alicia Silverstone in the 1995 movie with the same name. Blanchard became famous for her role as the admired, fortunate and irrepressibly cheerful Beverly Hills teenager during the show’s runs.
Following the flourishing stints, Blanchard fully focused on her film career with performances in a sequel to the cult classic Carrie, The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Tod Phillips’ comedy Road Trip (2000, portrayed Brekin Meyer’s lover Tiffany), the Marla Sokoloff and Marley Shelton comedy Sugar & Spice (2001, as a cheerleader turned bank robber), Joel Silverman’s indie Nailed (2001, costarred with Brad Rowe and Harvey Keitel), the drama Chasing Holden (2001, along with DJ Qualls) and the Thom Fitzgerald Toronto-screened The Wild Dogs (2002, starred as Moll). She took a hiatus from the cinematic industry to join the cast of the WB hit drama “7th Heaven” in the regular role of Roxanne Richardson during 2002-04 seasons. In 2004, she resurfaced on the big screen with a feature role in the comedy Without a Paddle, with Dax Shepard, Seth Green and Matthew Lillard. The same year, the actress was also seen in the award-winning English sitcom “Peep Show,” where she received critical praise for her turn as Nancy.
2005 saw roles in television drama 1/4life, an episode of “Joey” and the Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth vehicle Where the Truth Lies, portraying the ill-fated Maureen. Blanchard recently found herself acting with Ray Liotta, Glenne Headly and Shaun Sipos in writer-director Bruce McCulloch’s comedy-romance Comeback Season (2006), and she has completed a made-for-TV film, Our Thirties (2006). The comedy cast Blanchard in the starring role Jessica, along side Mike Faiola and Rashida Jones. She will also be featured along with Samuel L. Jackson, Byron Lawson as well as Nathan Phillips in Snakes on a Plane (2006), a horror-thriller by David R. Ellis.