Who is Rachel Dratch?
American actress and comedienne Rachel Susan Dratch was born in Lexington, Massachusetts USA, on 22 February 1966, so her zodiac sign’s Pisces. She’s acted in close to 120 movies and TV series, and is perhaps best known for playing Kirsten Brant in the 2011 romantic comedy movie “Just Go with It”, which Dennis Dugan directed, and which starred Brooklyn Decker, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. It follows a plastic surgeon who’s convinced his assistant and her children to pretend to be his former wife and kids, to cover up a lie that he had told his girlfriend; the movie won five of its 18 award nominations.
Education and early life
Rachel was raised alongside her younger brother Daniel in Lexington, by their father Paul Dratch who was a radiologist, and mother Elaine Ruth (nee Soloway) who was a transportation director. Daniel’s today a screenwriter and producer.
Rachel’s parents were Reform Jews; she had a bat mitzvah, and studied at a Hebrew school, however, she’s today non-observant. It was while attending William Diamond Middle School that Rachel fell in love with comedy, and then with acting upon her progression to Lexington High School.
Upon matriculating in 1984, Rachel began studying acting at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre’s National Theatre Institute, and in 1985 enrolled at Dartmouth College, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and drama in 1988.
The launch of her career
Rachel joined the comedy troupe The Second City following graduation, and was with them for four years; for her performances in plays “Promisekeepers, Losers Weepers” and “Paradigm Lost”, she won a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Revue.
She continued acting in theatre plays, although the names of these haven’t been disclosed, but it’s known that several were performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
Roles in movies
Rachel’s debut film role was her playing of Jude Russel in the 1999 comedy “Serious Business”, and some of her following roles were in the 2002 comedy “Martin & Orloff”, and in 2003 the comedy “The Hebrew Hammer” and the romantic comedy “Down with Love”.
Also in 2003, she portrayed Mrs Greitzer in the comedy “Barely Legal”, directed by David Mickey Evans, and which starred Erik von Detten, Tony Denman and Daniel Farber; it follows three teenagers who are trying to produce a pornographic movie. Some of Rachel’s notable performances in the remainder of the 2000s were in the 2004 comedy “Looking for Kitty”, the 2006 fantasy comedy “Click”, and the 2009 romantic comedy “I Hate Valentine’s Day”.
The year 2014 saw her play Aunt Diane in the family adventure “A Little Game”, written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer, and which starred F. Murray Abraham, Ralph Macchio and Olympia Dukakis. It follows the life of a young girl who’s passionate about chess, and the movie won two awards.
Rachel’s three most recent film roles have been in 2021 – the comedy “Plan B”, and the romantic comedy “A Clüsterfünke Christmas” – and the 2022 comedy “I Love My Dad”.
Roles in TV series
Rachel’s debut TV series appearance was her playing of Darla in the 2000 episode “History” of the crime action “Third Watch”, and she could then have been seen playing and voicing characters in an episode of the animated action adventure “Kim Possible” (voice role), the crime comedy “Monk”, and the comedy “Frasier”.
In 2008, Rachel voiced Brenda Sanchez in the popular animated comedy “Assy McGee”, created by Matt Harrigan and Carl W. Adams, and which starred Larry Murphy, H. Jon Benjamin and Carl W. Adams; it follows a police officer and his partner who’s just a lower male torso.
Rachel’s also known for playing Blue Man and various other characters in 16 episodes (2006-2012) of the critically acclaimed comedy “30 Rock”, which Tina Fey created, and in which she also starred, alongside Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin. It follows screenwriter Liz Lemon who has to learn to deal with her new boss, the series aired from 2006 to 2013, and won 106 of its 448 award nominations.
In 2012, Rachel appeared in an episode of four series, including the comedy “Up All Night”, the romantic family comedy “iCarly” and the comedy “Suburgatory”. The year 2017 saw her play the lead character Mary in all nine episodes of the fantasy comedy “Imaginary Mary”, created by David Guarascio and Adam F. Goldberg, and which starred Nicholas Coombe, Stephen Schneider and Jenna Elfman. It follows a workaholic woman whose childhood imaginary friend has shown up again.
Some of Rachel’s most recent TV series roles have been in two episodes of the 2022 animated comedy “American Dad!”, six episodes of the animated comedy “Bob’s Burgers” since 2014, and four episodes of the animated action adventure “Harley Quinn” since 2020, all voice roles.
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) March 2, 2020
Rachel wrote the 2007 episode “Original UCB Tourco Promo” of the short comedy series “UCB Comedy Originals”, the 2009 romantic comedy movie “Spring Breakdown”, and the 2021 romantic comedy film “A Clüsterfünke Christmas”.
She received special thanks for the 2010 biographical documentary comedy movie “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”, the 2013 adventure comedy film “Ass Backwards”, and the 2020 musical movie “Dropkick Murphys: Streaming Outta Fenway”.
Some of Rachel’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Live with Kelly and Ryan”, “GMA3: What You Need to Know” and “That’s My Jam”.
Awards and nominations
Rachel was nominated for a 2004 Gold Derby TV Award for Variety Performer for “Saturday Night Live”, and a 2006 Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian.
Love life and husband
Rachel rarely talks about her love life in public, but has spoken about her relationship with American consultant in the natural foods industry John Wahl; she also wrote about it in her book “Girl Walks Into a Bar…”
The two met at a bar in 2009, and in February 2010, Rachel learned that she was pregnant; she revealed in her book that she believed she wasn’t able to become pregnant anymore, as she was 44, and that she had already given up on the idea of having kids. She gave birth to their son Eli Benjamin Wahl on 24 August 2010, and although she and John are no longer together, they live near each other and are on good terms, wanting to be equally involved in their son’s upbringing.
Rachel seems to be unattached as of December 2022, hasn’t married and has a son with former boyfriend John Wahl.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Rachel’s an avid cellist, and has played it on stage a number of times.
Politically, she’s a Democrat.
Rachel became the spokeswoman of the restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday in 2018.
She’s followed by close to 55,000 people on Instagram and has posted nearly 200 pictures and videos, most of these are of comedy content.
Rachel’s a dog-lover, and has featured her pet dog Ruffles in some of her Instagram pictures.
Some of her favorite actresses are Marilyn Monroe, Sandra Bullock and Natalie Portman, and a couple of her favorite movies include “Let’s Make Love”, “Some Like It Hot” and “How to Marry a Millionaire”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Rachel’s age is 56. She has blue eyes and brown hair, is 5ft (1.52m) tall and weighs about 105lbs (48kgs).
Rachel’s net worth’s been estimated at more than $4 million, as of December 2022.