Rachel is one of the three original stars of Stargate: Atlantis to remain a cast member for all five seasons.
The Stargate Atlantis Season 2 episode "Michael" is one of her favorites.
Rachel appears in the 2007 issue of the calendar, The Women of Sci-Fi.
Two of Rachel's sisters were also born in Tanzania.
Her Stargate: Atlantis character's name was originally Mikala in an early draft of the script.
Rachel answers questions from fans on the forums of The Sci Fi World.
Amanda Tapping's husband helped to build a deck on the back of Rachel's house.
Rachel says that David Hewlett is the funniest cast member on the set of Stargate Atlantis. She says he has a sharp, quick wit, a trait similar to the character he plays on the show, Rodney McKay.
Rachel had to fly to Los Angeles to record vocals for her singing appearance on Stargate Atlantis. She had to return to L.A. to re-record the song because the first take sounded too polished for her character, Teyla.
James Bamford, the stunt coordinator for Stargate Atlantis, taught Rachel the basics of Kali, a martial arts form from the Philippines.
Rachel had never practiced martial arts before joining the cast of Stargate Atlantis.
Rachel enjoys reading.
Rachel enjoys going to movies, except for horror films.
Rachel spends much of her free time training in martial arts.
Everyone in her family sings.
Rachel now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, because of her role on Stargate Atlantis.
Rachel moved to Los Angeles as an adult. Her family soon joined her in southern California.
Rachel is also an American citizen.
Rachel grew up in Toronto, Canada.
Rachel studied piano and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She also trained in piano and singing with her father.
Rachel trained in ballet at The Russian Academy of Classical Ballet.
Rachel's father is a Louisiana native of British descent.
Rachel's mother is from Lushoto, Tanzania.
Rachel has three sisters.
On Stargate Atlantis, her character, Teyla, sang a eulogy onscreen during the episode "Critical Mass."
Rachel is a cast member of the Sci Fi Channel series Stargate Atlantis, in the role of Teyla Emmagan.
Rachel Luttrell's height is 5 ft 5.5 in (166 cm)
Rachel is a licensed bartender.
Rachel has a classically trained soprano voice.
Rachel immigrated from Tanzania to Canada at age five.
Her professional stage debut began with the Toronto premiere production of Miss Saigon.
She spent the summer of 2003 studying Shakespeare at Oxford University with the British/American Drama Association in the prestigious President Group.
Rachel: It's an intelligent person who can imagine things, run with it, and say, "Yeah, that could be possible! Why not?"
Reporter: As you might know there are people who always look for romance in any kind of film. What would be the best pairing for your character on Atlantis?
Rachel: Well, let's see.... Of our Earth characters, probably Major John Sheppard.
Rachel: Jason and I get along very well. He is like a huge, huge, puppy dog!
Rachel: I love going to work.
Reporter: Would you like to see Teyla in a relationship, or do you think it would detract from what the show is really about?
Rachel: I think it would take away.
Reporter: Do you ever go online?
Rachel: [Laughter] You know what? No. I tend to stay away from that.
Reporter: What made you decide to go into acting?
Rachel: Ah, I don't know. I mean it seemed like more of a natural progression to me because I always seemed to be acting, and you know I seem to have been through all kinds of things.
Rachel Luttrell (speaking about her character Teyla): One of the things that separates her from the other team members is that she is human and yet she is unearthly. Within her own people her telepathic abilities set her apart. She doesn't quite fit in. The not quite fitting in thing is familiar to me. I think that it has made me a stronger person in the same way it has formed Teyla.
Rachel Luttrell: I first discovered Stargate because of the movie, and I absolutely loved the movie. I just loved the notion of being able to go through a wormhole into other worlds.
Rachel Luttrell: I've done quite a few musicals. I started off in theater as a dancer, and I love to sing. I haven't hung up my dance shoes or my singing. No.