Rachel Matthews
Matthews interviewed by Dulce Osuna in 2019
Born
Rachel Lynn Matthews

(1993-10-25) October 25, 1993 (age 28)
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActress
Years active2017–present
Known forHappy Death Day
Happy Death Day 2U
Parent(s)
Relatives

Rachel Lynn Matthews (born October 25, 1993) is an American actress. She is known for starring in the film Happy Death Day and its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U.

Early life and career

A native of Los Angeles, Matthews was born in 1993, the eldest daughter of actress Leslie Landon and Brian Matthews.[1] Her maternal great-grandfather was Jewish,[2] whereas her maternal great-grandmother was Catholic, although her maternal grandfather actor Michael Landon was raised Jewish.[3] She became interested in acting at early age by watching Shirley Temple movies, leading to tap and voice classes, and ultimately joining a local theater program at the age of 10. Matthews continued to pursue the stage life by studying acting at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.[4] In college, Matthews became friends with fellow actress Camila Mendes, who would become her roommate upon returning to Los Angeles, and musician Maggie Rogers, who would feature both in her music video "Give a Little".[5]

In 2017, Matthews had her film debut in Happy Death Day, directed by her uncle Christopher Landon, playing sorority house president Danielle Bouseman,[6] a role she would play again in the 2019 sequel Happy Death Day 2U. That same year, Matthews was cast as the villainous thief Magpie in the TV series Batwoman,[7] had a small role in the Hulu series Looking for Alaska and voiced a character in Frozen II.[4]

In March 2020, it was reported that she had tested positive for COVID-19 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[8]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Happy Death Day Danielle Bouseman
2019 Happy Death Day 2U Danielle Bouseman
Ms. White Light Nurse Landon
Frozen II Honeymaren Voice role

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Batwoman Margot / Magpie 3 episodes
Looking for Alaska Fiona 3 episodes

References

  1. ^ "Actor Michael Landon's Legacy Continues at the Apple Blossom Festival". oldtownwinchesterva.com.
  2. ^ "His Early Days Were Fun". Philadelphia Daily News. July 2, 1991. In a 1985 interview, Landon claimed he ate lunch alone at Collingswood High School, that he never had a date as a teen-ager because no Christian father in the town would allow his daughter to go out with a Jew.
  3. ^ Landon Wilson, Cheryl (1992). I Promised My Dad: An Intimate Portrait of Michael Landon by His Eldest Daughter. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 28.
  4. ^ a b Marine, Brooke (October 11, 2019). "New Faces: Rachel Matthews, Batwoman's Stealth Supervillain, Refuses to Be Typecast". W.
  5. ^ Reilly, Kaitlin (November 8, 2018). "Camila Mendes Is Low-Key Best Friends With This SNL Showstopper". refinery29.
  6. ^ Wilson, Staci Layne (October 5, 2017). "Exclusive – Rachel Matthews Talks Happy Death Day". Dread Central.
  7. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (October 2, 2019). "Batwoman Baddies First Looks: Revenge Fave Gabriel Mann Is Hush, Rachel Matthews Cast as Magpie". TV Line. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Feldman, Kate (March 17, 2020), "'Frozen 2' actress Rachel Matthews tests positive for coronavirus", NY Daily News