Rachel Blanchard is one of the greatest gifts Canada has given to the rest of the world. She has appeared in US, Canada and UK television series and done big budget mainstream Hollywood films as well as small indy films. Rachel currently spends most of her time in…more
For her husband's 40th birthday in 2009, Rachel gave him a rather unusual gift - She bought him a new 'Sawing in Half' illusion, known as Clearly Impossible, for him to use on her in his shows. In this version of the illusion, the boxes used to cover Rachel have clear sides, allowing her entire body to be seen within them even when she's been sawed through and her halves pulled apart.
On August 29th, 2011, the home Rachel and her husband Adrian own in Santa Monica, California, was slightly damaged when a light aircraft taking off from the local airport crashed into it. Rachel, Adrian and their children were not there at the time, and the student pilot flying the plane was rescued by painters who were working on the house.
On November 15th, 2010, Rachel gave birth to her second child with husband Adrian Brown, a son named Ian.
She has Canadian citizenship by birth, and also British citizenship through marriage.
When American censors rated her movie Where The Truth Lies as an NC-17, she joined with the movie's director Atom Egoyan in an ultimately unsuccessful appeal against their decision.
She gave her pet Bull Terrier the name Wilbur because she thought he looked like the pig of the same name from the movie Charlotte's Web.
In a UK newspaper interview in May 2010, Rachel revealed that she and husband Adrian Brown were expecting their second child, due sometime in November 2010.
As part of the preparation for her lead role in the TV version of Clueless, Rachel visited a number of LA high schools, and was surprised to find how like the original movie some of them were.
She has one brother and one sister.
During filming for one of the projects she's been involved with, an extra was chosen to play her father in a short scene. After the scene had been shot, the director spotted another person on set and commented that he should have been chosen to play Rachel's father, instead of the extra they'd actually used. What the director didn't know when he made this comment was that this second person actually was Rachel's father.
Rachel's husband, Adrian, is an amateur magician, and Rachel sometimes acts as his assistant. When she does, one of the illusions they perform is Sawing a Woman in Half, with Rachel being the one who gets sawed in half.
Although she still uses Rachel Blanchard as her professional name, in her private life she prefers to be known by her married name of Rachel Brown.
Rachel's wedding ring is a simple plain gold band.
Rachel and her husband spend most of their time living in the UK, but also have a small home in Los Angeles.
Since 2005, Rachel has been married to Adrian Brown, and the couple have one child, a daughter named Katie (born 2007). They first met in 2004 while Rachel was in the UK filming her guest spot on Peep Show.
In 1993 she was nominated for a Young Artist Award, along with the other cast members of Are You Afraid of the Dark?
She was in the 2005 movie Where The Truth Lies as a young woman named Maureen O'Flaherty who dies a mysterious death.
She has two piercings in her left ear, and one in her right.
Her Western astrological sign is Pisces and her Chinese astrological sign is the Dragon.
Her movie Wild Dogs premiered at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival.
Rachel often likes to play hockey.
Rachel has recorded numerous NHL promo spots.
She had never seen the movie Clueless when she auditioned for the Clueless TV series.
She attended Humbercrest Junior Public School in Toronto.
Rachel is good friends with actress Melissa George.
Before getting married, Rachel resided in Toronto.
Her height is 5' 8".
Had to have her hair dyed red for the movie Road Trip so she wouldn't look like the blonde star Amy Smart.
Her first acting job was in a commercial for McDonald's restaurants.
Rachel has had starring roles on British, Canadian and US TV shows.
She attended Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, where she studied psychology.
37th place on FHM magazine's Sexiest Women of the Year list in 2002
73rd place on FHM magazine's Sexiest Women of the Year list in 2001
She attended high school at an all girl school, Havergal College in Toronto.
She appeared in Maroon 5 music video Sunday Morning.
Rachel: I know some women find it tough going, but I really love being pregnant. I have to admit to suffering from dreadful bump envy. I think I'm happier being pregnant than in any other place. It's the most fantastic feeling there is, the anticipation of a new life. So I do feel really jealous when I see another woman with a cute little baby bump just starting to show, and usually end up going home and telling my husband I want another baby. We've already got two, but ideally I'd like to have four children if I can. Fortunately, my husband Adrian enjoys trying to make them as much as I do, so I don't think that will be much of a problem!
Rachel: I don't think anyone ever realises how hard it is to be a mother until they become one. But it's also incredibly rewarding too, and I wouldn't change a thing about it.
Rachel: I have a friend who puts some pretty provocative pictures on Facebook and every address she's ever lived at and I think... I just don't understand it. I do think it's kind of dangerous. The internet is amazing, but there is definitely a limit and I don't think we've really realized what that limit should be. It can be kind of isolating and it can be completely obsessive; just the need to check everything all the time. I'm taking a little break from the internet right now. I'm still using my e-mail, which isn't that much of a break, but I'm trying not to use the internet too much right now and I'm not on Facebook or Skype. You don't want to live your life around a computer.
Rachel: I think there are two types of independent films. There are good independent films and then there are independent films that make you wonder, "Why did anyone make this?"
Rachel: (When asked if she trusts her husband, Adrian) Of course I trust him - If I didn't, there's no way I'd ever let him lock me in a box and saw me in half!!...
Rachel: I love living in the UK. When I'm in Los Angeles, I'm Rachel Blanchard, actress, and I've always got to be on my guard, looking out for the paparazzi and people like that, which can get quite stressful. But, when I'm here in the UK, there's none of that. Here, hardly anyone knows who I am, and to most people around where we live, I'm Mrs Rachel Brown, wife and mother, and I love it - I love the anonymity, because it's so liberating.
Rachel: I've never been much of a jewelry wearer - Usually, the only thing I wear is earrings, and I've never really worn any rings. So it does feel quite strange to be wearing a wedding ring, and I'm still getting used to looking at my hand and seeing it there. But, at the same time, I love seeing it there, because I really love being married to Adrian.
Rachel Blanchard: It's interesting that people are more obsessed with sexuality than with violence toward women.
Rachel Blanchard: 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."