Rachel Sennott is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her online comedy television series "Ayo and Rachel Are Single" with Ayo Edebiri and for starring roles in the films Shiva Baby (2020) and Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022).
Sennott became interested in comedy as a freshman in college, when she went to an open mic night on a date. She studied acting at NYU Tisch and graduated in 2017. During college she continued to perform comedy at open mic nights, as well as acting in student films, including the lead role of Danielle in the 2017 short film version of Emma Seligman's Shiva Baby; she reprised this role in the 2020 feature film adaptation.
On television, Sennott has starred in HBO's "High Maintenance," and played Jackie Raines on "Call Your Mother." She has also developed Comedy Central series with Ayo Edebiri, and their shows "Ayo and Rachel Are Single" and "Taking the Stage" began airing on the network in 2020. She also appears with Edebiri and other comedians on the web comedy-documentary series "Speak Up," seeking to amplify female voices about working in comedy.
In film, she has starred in the 2020 feature films Tahara as Hannah Rosen, and Shiva Baby as Danielle. Both films are queer Jewish coming of age narratives set at funeral services, though Sennott is neither queer nor Jewish. In the lead role of Danielle in Shiva Baby, which premiered at SXSW and TIFF in 2020, Sennott's performance was highlighted in several reviews, with Andrew Parker of The GATE saying that she gave "a wonderful, star making performance" and Alex de Vore of the Santa Fe Reporter writing that "after her performance in [the film], she should probably just be allowed to do whatever she wants – she's a natural." Sennott won the Rising Star award at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. In 2022, she played Alice in Bodies Bodies Bodies, an A24 slasher film that also contained comedy and social satire. She was consistently named the standout performance of the film with Megan Conway of The New York Times Style Magazine summing up the consensus: "Sennott’s ability to inject an astonishing range of meaning into Alice’s various cries and yowls — as well as her litany of expletives and "oh my Gods" — steals the show."
Sennott will next star in the sex comedy Bottoms, which she co-wrote with Shiva Baby’s Emma Seligman. She is set to appear in Saverio Costanzo’s period drama Finalmente L’alba (Finally, Dawn Has Come).She will also appear in HBO’s The Idol.
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