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Rachael Harris, American Actress ( January 12, 1968 - )

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As much as I don't want to admit it, I really am a people pleaser. If I throw a party at my house, it's hard for me to relax. I'm too obsessed with whether everyone's having a good time.~Rachael Harris


Time Good Relax

Jeff Kinney is tall and has a great smile, but don't be fooled, he's as slick as they come. A real player. And how he came up with a book that appeals to kids ages 8-13 baffles me. He's an unbelievably kind man with a great family.~Rachael Harris


Family Smile Great

When I moved to New York out of college, that was my goal. To be a stage actress. And to do dramatic works. Like 'Madea', and 'Night, Mother', and 'Sam Shepard', and all that kind of stuff. That's what I really wanted to do.~Rachael Harris


Mother College Goal

Whatever the situation at hand, that's what I'm dealing with and trying to be true to it in that moment.~Rachael Harris


Moment Trying Be True

See, that's the thing: I'm not one of those actors who thinks, 'God, I've got to improvise and make it my own.' No, my first job as an actor is to take what's written and make it work. And then, if they want me to improvise, I'll do that.~Rachael Harris


Work God Job

I wanted to go to New York and be a stage actress, doing things like Chekhov. None of that happened, and then I went to L.A. and an agent said, 'I think you belong in commercials and TV.' So I did that and got some opportunities that I absolutely love.~Rachael Harris


Love Opportunities Doing

I told my agents that I love Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand and all of these women that are good at doing comedies as well as dramas.~Rachael Harris


Love Women Good

I grew up in a suburb of Ohio, in a small town, and I resonated with that small-town feeling where everybody knows your business.~Rachael Harris


Business Small Feeling

It's funny, because when I was in college, all my professors said, 'You should do comedy.' And I was like, 'No! No!' But I was able to get my foot in the door through comedy. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to do it.~Rachael Harris


Funny Grateful Opportunity

I feel like I work on scripts for comedy as well as dramatic stuff the same.~Rachael Harris


Work Feel Comedy

In my early 20s, I didn't even know what the Groundlings was. I had no idea. But I know how to break down a script and work on the character.~Rachael Harris


Work Character Down

I don't have this weird, natural funny bone that constantly comes out. It's not like my every instinct is to be funny, and I'm always having to dampen that down.~Rachael Harris


Funny Weird Down

I really wanted to do things that weren't comic. It felt like finding people who can see this other side to me.~Rachael Harris


People Me Finding

I told my agent which women I aspire to have a career like: Frances McDormand, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney and Emma Thompson - character actresses who have something to say. I also said that I loved Madeline Kahn and Jessica Lange.~Rachael Harris


Women Character Loved

I come from the place of thinking, 'Whatever works for people' - and if you haven't been exposed to anything else, you really don't know better.~Rachael Harris


Thinking People Better

I love Frances McDormand so much. I love her career. And I think it's fun because she gets to do comedy as well as drama.~Rachael Harris


Love Fun Career

I love doing sitcoms. I love doing comedy. I love the whole shooting match.~Rachael Harris


Love Doing Comedy

I'm a big fan of Samantha Bee's.~Rachael Harris


Bee Big Fan