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: It doesn't matter if you're sad or hung-over or lazy or tired - a workout will get your endorphins pumping, and you'll feel like a new person almost instantly.
Rachel: Sometimes, when full and in fear that I will continue to eat unwanted food just because it's staring at me, I will place my napkin over the remaining portion. This is what I frequently refer to as a 'food funeral.'
Rachel: I love to clean my ears. I've heard that you're not supposed to do it every day, but I throw caution to the wind for some quality time with a strong Q-Tip.
Rachel: I have a lot of Twitter rules. I never swear on Twitter, and if anybody's inappropriate, I block them. I have young followers.
Rachel: I'm a girl that loves cars. I've always loved them. I love to drive with the windows down, sunroof open, and music pumping.
Rachel: I always knew I'd go back to school. Modeling was a means to an end, making money for graduate school.
Rachel: I'd like to do a little bit more adventurous TV. Maybe Showtime or HBO or just a little bit edgier. But I would go back to NBC, CBS, whatever.
Rachel: My type is really young, short, athletic, and smart. I know, you want to be with someone who's going to be your friend - yeah, yeah, yeah. I want the Adonis line, the two down the hips to the waist. And a guy has to be able to accept criticism about his clothing. I can be very particular about what I like and don't like.
Rachel: Sci-fi fans are awesome. They're very smart, they like to be involved, they like to ask questions. I've been asked questions I don't even know the answer to. I've never had any aggressive interactions. I've had lovely interactions.
Rachel: Look, maybe I'm just not good at multi-tasking and am, therefore, jealous of those of you who can get in a workout while yammering on your cell phone, but for the love of all that is good and pure, shut your yap!
Rachel: I do love my wine. I'd opt to drink my calories rather than eat them every time, so I cut out the breads, potatoes, pastas, cheeses and desserts in an effort to get my healthy angel and unhealthy demon to compromise.
Rachel: I'm not one of those people that wears something once and tosses it aside. I wear my shoes until they beg to be thrown away. Parting is such sweet sorrow - and then it's onto the next pair.
Rachel: One of the great things about the sci-fi genre is that you can kind of get away with a bit more when talking politics, making social references or dealing with very hot-button topics because it is sci-fi.
Rachel: I will openly admit that I've never really followed hockey. Given my New England upbringing, I have always adhered to the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins mantra of professional sports fandom, but hockey was definitely the lowest sport on the totem pole - even when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Rachel: I laugh at what I used to think was cool when I was growing up. In all seriousness, I thought having braces was cool.
Rachel: Short boots are cool, in my humble opinion. They say, 'Hey! Winter is over, but summer hasn't yet arrived - so enjoy this halfway point!'
Rachel: I love the action that I'm able to do. I grew up in Maine, outdoors and playing with the boys and shooting skeet. I have my girly side, too. But, I do like playing the strong female roles, especially now with something as simple as Twitter, where you've got young women following you.
Rachel: I laugh at what I used to think was cool when I was growing up. In all seriousness, I thought having braces was cool.
Rachel: I love food. I mean, I really love food. I take pictures of my finest, funniest and most fascinating dishes, post them on Twitter, and send them to friends. I treat menus like classic literature, refusing to skip even one word. I read the description of every item, regardless of whether or not I'm interested in eating it.
Rachel: I'm from Maine. I eat apple pie for breakfast.
Rachel: How come I love having an episode of deja vu? It's akin to an out-of-body experience, I would think. It sits with me, happily, begging me to delve into my memory to find its match point.
Rachel: I love dessert. All kinds. But there's something about ice cream that makes me happy. I am drawn to its simplicity. I am perplexed by the endless supply of constantly growing flavor options. And I am always in the mood for sprinkles and a sugar cone.
Rachel: Hockey seems completely lawless and, therefore, inexplicably sexy.
Rachel: They say that women dress for other women, but I don't think that's entirely true. If we want to look flossy out-and-about on a Friday night, we're dressing for the boys - and it's nice when they notice.
Rachel: Why do I always choose the shopping cart with the squeaky wheel? Is it my bad luck, or are all the carts dysfunctional?
Rachel: I simply do not think that yelling, swearing, threatening or belittling will get you to the place you want to be faster than kindness, understanding, patience and a little willingness to compromise.
Rachel: Yes, I was the child who would sneak into her closet and read 'Nancy Drew' for hours after the designated 'lights out' time of night.
Rachel: I've always enjoyed doing dishes. Maybe it was the fashionable yellow gloves that I loved so much. It's weird, I know, but I find cleaning cathartic.
Rachel: I'd love to drive a Bugatti - something totally ridiculous but super fast.
Rachel: This is a polarizing statement, as I have come to discover, but I am a Pats, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins fan from birth until death.
Rachel: People ask me about fighting in real life and, honestly, it wouldn't look as graceful as it does in film and TV.
Rachel: I'm obsessed with making lists.
Rachel: I'd like to think, if I was ever in a fight, I'd win, although I'd probably run in the opposite direction.
Rachel: I'd like to do a comedy, actually. I think it would be great to do a sitcom or something like that. I'm pretty much open to anything.
Rachel: I used to hate working out - until I learned how to do it properly.
Rachel: I thought that I'd have a briefcase-and-power-suit career.
Rachel: I strongly believe that good books are the best home accessory.
Rachel: I started dealing with weapons on the first show I ever did, 'The Inside,' but I didn't really do any physical stuff until 'Alias.'
Rachel: I spend an extraordinary amount of time in my car, so I can justify the expense. That's the only extravagance in my life - it's my car.
Rachel: I never pile a plate to the point where it overflows. I'd rather have a small plate with small portions and then get up for more if I'm still hungry.
Rachel: I love the smell of freshly cut grass. It takes me back to summers in Maine.
Rachel: I love Bridget Fonda.
Rachel: I have been known to go to the grocery store and just buy pepperoni. There's just something fantastic about salty, fatty meats.
Rachel: I don't know how to cook, but I do know how to bake.
Rachel: I can never find a movie I want to watch, even though I've got hundreds to choose from.
Rachel: I happen to be quite fond of staying out late and sleeping the day away.
Rachel: I am much more productive late at night because I have no one to look to for entertainment aside from myself.
Rachel: I adore anything Michael Alexis writes.
Rachel: How come foreign accents are so sexy? If I say, 'I'm going to the store,' it sounds boring, benign and rudimentary. But if it's said with an accent, it sounds fundamentally cool.
Rachel: I normally work out six days a week. I'll do Pilates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and I'll do cardio on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Rachel: I love to personalize things. I love to make things my own. I like to name everything - from cars to iPhones to the socks I just lost.
Rachel: Lets talk about the holidays, more specifically, consumption during the holidays. If it's true that 'We are what we eat,' most of us would be unrecognizable during the period that ranges from the night before Thanksgiving through that day in early January when everyone decides to return to the gym.
Rachel: Kudos to you for generating enough sweat that it actually drips off of your body - and all over the machine you are using at the time. If you sweat a lot, that's fine, but wipe down the damn machine when you're done... or I will confront you, and it will not be pretty.
Rachel: Once your body is in workout-mode, a few days off won't hurt. Muscle memory is magical. If you work out consistently, you can afford to miss a few sessions and your body will gladly pick up where you left off.
Rachel: I love to vacuum. There's just something so satisfying about hearing detritus sucked up into a vacuum. Sand makes such a great sound when being vacuumed off a hardwood floor.
Rachel: My house is filled with books, most of which I have read, some of which I intend to eventually get to. I'm always reading at least one work of fiction and one work of non-fiction simultaneously. Whatever mood I'm in, there's always a book nearby to suit it.
Rachel: I'd love to do a movie where I actually get to be kind of quirky and odd and dorky and all that stuff. My parents would like to see some movies where I'm not in peril. They'd appreciate it.
Rachel: I think that being read to every night is the reason why I was plowing through volume after volume of 'Nancy Drew' books all by myself by the time I reached the first grade. I loved stories. I loved the escape. I had a vivid imagination.
Rachel: I definitely try to eat a healthy diet, but I am the first person to say I love unhealthy food. I would never tell you I don't. I love fried chicken or mac and cheese. Do I order them all the time when I'm out at restaurants? No, though I do have one splurge meal a week.
Rachel: I am a night owl. I always have been... and I'd like to think I always will be, although surely having children will put a stop to my nightly affairs with myself.
Rachel: History is fickle. We know that. The good and bad come around and go around, and go around again. There are recessions and depressions and economic boom and bust.
Rachel: Fight scenes are like learning a dance. You learn it move by move, and then you put it all together and it looks awesome when you edit it together. It's great!
Rachel: Everything you've heard about Canadians apologizing profusely for things they shouldn't be sorry about is absolutely true. It is both sweet, endearing and worrisome at the same time. Having someone apologize for no reason actually makes me feel as though I should apologize for their need to apologize.
Rachel: Don't squander beautiful moments by always trying to snap the perfect picture or record the event on film. Sometimes it's better to watch things as they happen with your own eyes, knowing that the memory of the experience will always be with you.
Rachel: I remember thinking that people were crazy for reading the same book more than once, but I now have a new-found appreciation for the re-discovery of literature. The lessons we learned from books in the school curriculum are reinvented and updated when we read as adults.
Rachel: I love the physicality side of roles, I really do, And when I get to do my own stunts, it's that much cooler. I'll do anything the production safety people will let me.
Rachel: I have an insatiable palate. I'll try anything once, with an open mind. However, there is a special place in my heart for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Don't get me wrong, I've sampled specialty Mac & Cheese all over the world, but nothing competes with the stuff I grew up on.
Rachel: Don't get me wrong, I love watching episodes of my favorite shows on Hulu and reading the daily trash on PageSix, but I also embrace the opportunity to settle down with a good book and let my mind travel to another place and time.
Rachel: You don't want me to sing. I could do a really bad karaoke scene, if I had to, but I'd probably choose to rap.
Rachel: Who cares if your outfit is black and you're sporting a brown belt? Wear it, rock it, love it - and others will, too. Nothing beats a belt.
Rachel: Um... Bulgaria is an interesting country. The people are lovely. There are potholes the size of small planets.
Rachel: There's something so soothing about the hum of Grand Central Station.
Rachel: There are those people that eat to live and those that live to eat. I am of the latter, as many of you already know. To me, eating is an adventure.
Rachel: The list of problems that we all experience may be endless, but I honestly cannot abide by the rule that, 'He who yells louder is heard.'
Rachel: Nothing says, 'I pay attention to detail!' like footwear flattery from a boy.
Rachel: I've seen 'Silence of the Lambs,' like, fifty or sixty times. That's my favorite movie of all time.
Rachel: There's something about the darkness that I find unavoidably intoxicating. The knowledge that other people are sleeping and, therefore, unavailable to ruin my solitude, makes me more peaceful than I am during the day.
Rachel: Why does my brain insist on counting the steps every time I walk up a flight of stairs? I just can't help myself. There's something about my mind that always wants to keep counting.
Rachel: What woman doesn't want to go out there and kick some butt? I did it with a sword in 'Conan,' I did it with a crossbow in 'G.I. Joe,' and I've got my multi-tool and my super-suit in 'Continuum.' It's really a release, and it's quite cool.
Rachel: The thing I can't figure out is why I have an undeniable compulsion to clean public spaces, airplane bathrooms, restaurant flatware, hotel gyms and Chapstick containers... yet I have no desire to make my own bed. Ever. Seriously, who made me, and where am I from?
Rachel: The first thing I learned about weapons is respect, and that carries into movies as well. If you're on set and you're dealing with weapons, live or not, you respect the weapon; you know how to handle it appropriately.
Rachel: So far, Vancouver is my favorite relocation city. It feels like home. Parts of it remind me of the east coast. It's very clean. The food is great. And the people are lovely. Not that I didn't love working in other glamorous locations like Downey, Detroit, Cleveland or Bulgaria... but, damn, it is fun to be Canadian.
Rachel: My first modeling job in Paris, the photographer said, 'Tue es belle,' which means, 'you are pretty,' and I thought he said, 'Tu es poubelle,' which means, 'you are the trash can.' I burst into tears. He was not happy about that.
Rachel: It's a confidence booster for me to be known as a female who can take on any action, which is nice, to have that reputation, because then people know that when they hire me, I can actually do the physical stuff.
Rachel: I've always driven big SUVs. I'm from Maine, and there's a point to driving a big SUV in Maine. I don't really need a 4WD in L.A., but on the 405, people are crazy, and you need a tank. I like the visibility factor.
Rachel: I love stretching in the morning. It's the first thing I do when I wake up because getting a good back-crack is so extremely satiating. I feel taller when I finally stand.
Rachel: I love having wine with my meals. And if I splurge, I'm going to splurge big, because if I deny my cravings, it just ends up backfiring on me, you know?
Rachel: I know my football. And I adore football players. The crashing noise of a tackle, the huddle grunting, and the roar of the crowd are music to my ears.
Rachel: I have smelled some very famous and undoubtedly sexy boys. And sometimes, as cute as they are, I'd rather have them as a friend - just because of the way they smell!
Rachel: I don't care what size you are or how old you are - once you see the results brought to you by regular exercise, you'll wonder how you survived without it.
Rachel: As far as I'm concerned, attraction, in its most rudimentary form, comes from the way a person naturally smells. I'd say that within the first five seconds of 'inhaling' someone, I know if there's an attraction or not. This may sound animalistic - and it is.
Rachel: 'Alias' was very action-packed. 'G.I. Joe' and 'Conan' were very action-packed. It's been established that I can do action, which is great, but now I may just want to make out with a really hot guy.
Rachel: Apparently, despite my awareness of its pejorative connotation, procrastinating is something I fall victim to quite frequently. I'm not proud of it; I'm just being honest.
Rachel: When you get to the point where you're established enough that people link you with something, especially being an action hero babe, it's awesome. Because then you can fight the battles and have the crossbows and wrestle with swords and ride the horses because you're already believable; people see you in that genre.
Rachel: There's nothing I hate more than gritty, linty, mysterious pocket schmutz in the cap of my lip moisturizer - or, even worse, on the applicator itself. I shudder at the thought.
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.