Rachel Nichols (images -- some NSFW and some are almost guaranteed not to be her for reasons that will be explained below | Web site | Twitter)
Hometown: Augusta, Maine, according to her Wikipedia entry.
Best Known For: Her biggest screen credits include G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (playing Scarlett), the final season of Alias (playing CIA agent Rachel Gibson and doing action scenes in place of the pregnant Jennifer Garner), and a 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror (which also starred fellow celebrity crush Melissa George). She was also a green alien Starfleet Academy student in the Star Trek reboot directed by Alias creator JJ Abrams. This season has brought her to the drama Criminal Minds, and she'll be on the big screen in the upcoming Conan the Barbarian.
Kaley Cuoco), Resurrecting the Champ and Charlie Wilson's War (as a congressional staffer, along with fellow celebrity crush Shiri Appleby) and the short-lived ABC crime drama Line of Fire (created by Rod Lurie and sadly not on DVD).
What She SHOULD Be Best Known For: Nichols played FBI Special Agent Rebecca Locke on the (again) short-lived Fox crime drama The Inside back in 2005 -- a character who, in shades of the Elizabeth Smart case, had been kidnapped as a teenager and thus had special insights into the minds of human predators.
Peter Coyote and Adam Baldwin, and producer Tim Minear did some of his smartest writing on there.
Not bad for a show that had started out as a revival of 21 Jump Street before taking a Silence of the Lambs direction and ditching the high-school setting. But, again, it's not on DVD, so you'll have to take my word for it unless you can find it online somewhere. ... Since I wrote this profile initially, she has, as stated above, joined fellow celebrity crush Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds -- playing a character whose father was a serial killer. I cannot imagine that making her character so intimately tied to the crimes she and her peers investigate is a coincidence; the producers must have had Nichols' performance on The Inside in mind when they picked her to replace fellow crush A.J. Cook.
|If it's truly not easy being green, I'm willing to comfort her.|
some sexist pig's podcast once.
Not Just a Pretty Face or Awesome Body: She graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a double major in math and economics. She also studied drama and psychology while there.
Mistaken Identities: There's also a not-unattractive ESPN anchor named Rachel Nichols. So looking this one up on Google can generate even more false hits than one usually encounters. But at least they're aesthetically pleasing false hits.
|... Sweet Buddha on a bicycle.|
TV series credits: Criminal Minds, season 6 (Amazon | iTunes) * Alias, season 5 (Amazon | iTunes) * The Inside (Amazon | iTunes) * Line of Fire (Amazon | iTunes) * Sex and the City, season 4: "A 'Vogue' Idea" (Amazon | iTunes)
|Guess she got cold doing the other pics. Can't blame her.|