This Is Real, This Is Me
Capricorn Sun ~ Pisces Moon ~ Aries Rising
Half Elinor Dashwood, Half Lizzy Bennet
Hello! I'm Rachael. I don't really believe in astrology, but I do believe in Jane Austen.
I was born in a tiny northern New Jersey town to city folk who moved to the suburbs. My dad immigrated from Hong Kong to Manhattan as a kid, where he eventually met my mom, who was born in NYC. They both grew up in families of four with hardworking parents and not a lot of money. I believe the stories they've told me about their childhoods throughout my own adolescence have shaped me greatly.
My exposure to acting didn't truly begin until I went to Bergen County Academies–a public magnet high school for smart kids–as a theatre major. During those years I learned how to act, continued singing and furthered my love of music, and even gained some confidence in my dancing. This burst of art and purpose led me to pursue acting in college as well. Recently, I graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama (though I avoid drama in daily life) and a minor in the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology.
Some of my favorite credits include Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (Montclair State University Theatre Night Awards Winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama and Outstanding Live Music–I was the Music Director too!), Éponine in Les Misérables, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Meiko in THIRTEEN/WNET's "Mission US: Prisoner in My Homeland." One day very soon, I'd love to play a Disney Princess, a superhero, a non-white classic literature heroine, or a female Indiana Jones. Or all of the above.
"We're the ones who get to try."
The Bengsons, The Lucky Ones
More About Me
I'm always on the lookout for a great, thrifted leather jacket
I am an avid amateur baker and am confident I could NEVER compete on Bake Off without having a full mental breakdown
I participated in the Disney College Program in Fall 2018 as a Typhoon Lagoon and Magic Kingdom Cast Member
(and made lifelong friends with my roommates!)
I have the best big sister (the concerned-looking one in red above) who I sometimes treat like a little sister
I would love to adopt a dog within the next few years! My ideal: one that's big enough to help me intimidate people if necessary, good for cuddling, and small enough to be happy in a New York apartment.
And, I've won playwriting awards!
Bergen Community College Young Playwrights Festival 2015 Winner
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2016 Regional Gold Keys, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention (for poetry)
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2016 National Gold Medal–I was two seats away from Alec Baldwin at the ceremony in Carnegie Hall and thought Tim Gunn's speech was wonderful
For more stalker-y fun:
TikTok (yes, I caved)