- Full Name Rachael Naomi Hilson
- Nickname Rachel Hilson
- Occupation Actress, Writer & Producer
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Birth Date Oct 30, 1995
- Age 26 Years, 11 Months
Rachel Hilson | BiographyAlso on Hulu Series 'Love, Victor'
She learned to sing and dance at a very young age thanks to her parents, who emphasized more on extracurricular activities. As she grew older, she naturally gravitated towards acting. Hilson made her onscreen acting debut while she was still in high school.
Rachel Hilson is an American actress best recognized for playing Beth Clark in NBC's This Is Us. She is also known for her roles on television series like Love, Victor, and The Good Wife.
Who is Rachel Hilson?
Rachel Hilson, in full Rachael Naomi Hilson, is an actress, dancer, writer, and producer. She was born on 30 October 1995 in Baltimore, Maryland.
She learned to sing and dance at a very young age thanks to her parents, who emphasized more on extracurricular activities. As she grew older, she naturally gravitated towards acting.
Hilson made her onscreen acting debut while she was still in high school. Her first professional acting role was Nisa Dalmar in CBS' popular political drama series The Good Wife. She appeared in seven episodes of the series from 2010 to 2014.
After that, she guest-starred in television series such as Elementary, The Slap, Nurse Jackie, The Affair, Madam Secretary, The Americans, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
The actress and writer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and Performing Race from New York University in 2018.
In 2018, Hilson also starred in NBC's short-lived series Rise before landing her breakout role as Beth Clarke on This Is Us in 2019.
She later secured other notable roles as Mia Brooks on Love, Victor, and Jamie Howard on American Horror Story. In addition, she will be appearing as Cindy Day in HBO's upcoming sports drama miniseries Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.
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The television actress made her film debut as Cass Morris in the 2013 drama film Cass. She later played Nicole Patterson in the 2017 romantic crime drama film Kings.
Additionally, Hilson performed in several theater productions, including Hamlet (2013), The Rape of Lucrece (2014), and Amphitryon (2015). She is a member of the Gallatin Theatre Troupe as an actor and writer.
'This Is Us'
Hilson was 23 years old when she auditioned and booked the role of Beth Clark on NBC's award-winning romantic comedy-drama series, This is Us in 2019.
She had only watched a few episodes of the series before she auditioned for the show. But, she immersed herself, binge-watched the series, and learned as much as she could about it.
This is Us shows three stages of Beth Clark's life. Hilson portrays the teenage and college student part while Susan Kelechi Watson plays the adult part. Her binge-watching helped her to look and act like Watson.
The hair and makeup department helped make Hilson look like Beth. She also wore special contact lenses to look like Watson, who has a mole in her eye. Watson was surprised to see Hilson's acting and appreciated her for it.
During a press screening, Watson said Hilson did "an amazing" job by helping contextualize Beth for her.
Speaking about her experience working on the show in an interview with ESSENCE in October 2020, Hilson said, "It's fun as an actor to dive into why a character might be a specific way. I was studying her, certainly, but I was also interested in [Beth] as a teenager."
She further described her character Beth as "a strong Black woman who is the foundation of the Pearson household. She's Randall's rock, and she's the kid's rock."
Hilson portrays the role of Mia Brooks in the Hulu teen comedy-drama series Love, Victor. In an interview with Brief Take in June 2020, Hilson explained how her character was built even though she was not originally cast for that role.
She said the series creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger provided her with "a lot of great things to work with."
Hilson said she journaled in her character's voice, describing Mia as an artist from a wealthy background and family issues. She further said she felt like she built her character in the first couple of episodes, and it evolved afterward.
Hilson was a part of the series since the first season of Love, Victor. The third and final season will premiere on 15 June 2022. The first two seasons each consisted of ten episodes, and the third season will consist of eight episodes.