Rachel Brosnahan is an American actress probably best known for her role on “House of Cards.”
Rachel Brosnahan wrote on Twitter: “I cast a wide net and get punny when overtired. Actress when someone will hire me.”
Rachel Brosnahan was born in Milwaukee, but grew up in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb on the north side of Chicago. She credits the books on tape her mother used to listen to with inspiring her imagination. “I would listen to these amazing narrators telling these stories using all different voices and I used to imagine what the worlds would look like. I think there was something about that imagining that made me want to act. I found I could so easily imagine those worlds,” (chicagotribune.com).
Rachel Brosnahan graduated from Highland Park High School. As a teen, she was frustrated by the small roles she got in school plays, so she studied at the Actors Training Center at the Wilmette Theater.
She later graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and since then has landed on “House of Cards,” “Beautiful Creatures” and “The Big Knife,” among other projects. She said, “It’s been a complete dream come true. There are no words.”
As for her role on “House of Cards,” (which began as only five lines but turned into a seven-episode arc), she said, “The character changed on the fly. I don’t know what inspired them to keep writing it, but I’m so glad that they did.” She added, “They took a really big chance on me, frankly, at that point. I had very few credits and they had no reason to believe that I could do anything.”
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Rachel Brosnahan aspires to have a career like Jessica Chastain. “She transitions so seamlessly between theatre and film…I am completely in awe of her and would love to play every role she’s ever had.”
As for her life now, traveling between New York and California, she said, “I feel very bohemian.” Rachel Brosnahan is currently single.