Rachel has graced the pages of the following magazines: Cosmopolitan (June 2001), Maxim - Swimsuit Edition (June 2001), Maxim (June 2003), Maxim - Latin America (September 2003), and Esquire (February 2005).
Rachel has been compared to The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster, not only for her looks but also for the similarity of her role in the FOX series The Inside to Foster's character in the suspense thriller.
Rachel attended Cony High School in Augusta, Maine.
Rachel shares her name with the ESPN reporter and Page2 columnist Rachel Alexander Nichols, daughter-in-law of film director Mike Nichols, whom the actress has worked with in Charlie Wilson's war (2007).
Rachel's father, Joe, is a schoolteacher while her mother, Alison, engages in fund-raising activities. She has a younger sibling.
Before she became a model and actress, Rachel's ambition was to become an analyst in Wall Street.
Rachel married movie producer Scott Stuber on July 26, 2008 in Aspen, Colorado.
Rachel imposes a "20-page" rule upon herself when choosing roles. When she has read at least 20 pages of a script and is still not into the story, she passes it up.
Rachel appeared in the music video of Bon Jovi's "All About Loving You" in 2003.
Rachel has a fear of dogs. A stunt double was hired for the scene where a dog bites her leg in P2.
For her role in P2, Nichols strictly specified that she won't do any nudity. The makers of the film had to sew a bra into her flimsy dress to conceal sensitive body parts.
Rachel speaks French.
Ben and Jerry's ice cream is one of her favorite treats.
In 2005, Rachel was a Teen Choice Award nominee in Choice Movie Scream Scene category for her role in The Amityville Horror. She was also nominated for Best Frightened Performance in the 2006 MTV Movie Awards for the same movie.
Rachel received special thanks in the credits of the movie The Outdoorsmen: Blood, Sweat & Beers (2005). Rachel's other TV movie and film credits include A Funny Thing Happened at the Quick Mart (2004), Walk Into a Bar (2004), Mr. Dramatic (2005), Them (2007), Resurrecting the Champ (2007), and Charlie Wilson's war (2007).
Rachel's favorite sports include windsurfing and sailing. As a kid, she also liked to go trekking outdoors.
Rachel is a successful international model. Rachel was under contract with Elite Model Look in Berlin. She also worked with Next Model Management in New York.
In September 2000, she was selected Yahoo Model of the Month.
In 2003, she was ranked 28th in Maxim's 100 Sexiest Women. She ranked No.80 in Maxim's Hot 100 of 2006.
Rachel, in her first audition, got the role of the restaurant hostess on Sex & the City.
She graduated from Columbia University with a double major in math and economics. She also studied psychology and drama while she was there.
Rachel: There's always room for a great TV show, a good, juicy fun role. I don't know if I'll take my chance doing a pilot since I got my heart broken with two of them. But I want to be open-minded.
Rachel: I feel my college experience, and graduating from college, really sculpted who I am. So my advice is: I wouldn't start working any earlier. I think it's really important to go all the way through school even if it is acting school. I'm a big proponent of education. So I feel that getting an education suited me very well.
Rachel: (on whether she is a method actress, as she played an "an orgy-loving waitress" on "Sex & the City") No, I've never been a waitress.
Rachel: I'm not one of those actors who hates watching their work. I enjoy watching the work that I do, because it's obviously very, very personal. And I am very critical of myself, but I still like watching the movie when it comes together.
Rachel: Jackets can dress you up and dress you down. I love to wear them tailored with jeans.
Rachel: With plastic surgery you can become beautiful. But brain transplant doesn't exist yet.
Rachel: Here's a great reality tv show: tape stupid models talking to each other.
Rachel: My mom uses the euphemistic phrase '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.
Rachel: It sounds so cheesy, I know. But the way a man smells is really important. It must be something about the pheromones. People think I'm nuts. But there's something very primal, very animalistic about it.
Rachel: One day I looked down and I had breasts. I said, 'Wow! How'd that happen?' I was so excited I had to call my mom.
Rachel: I definitely wasn't one of the cool kids in high school. I was a dork. I was this shy, skinny, flat-chested girl with long arms.