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Rachel Sennott

Rachel Sennott
Sennott smiling and holding a microphone
Sennott in 2022
Born
Rachel Anne Sennott

(1995-09-19) September 19, 1995 (age 28)
Alma materNew York University (BFA)
Occupations
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • screenwriter
Years active2016–present

Rachel Anne Sennott (born September 19, 1995) is an American comedian, actress and screenwriter. After training at NYU Tisch and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, she began her career on the New York City open mic scene with a regular gig on It’s A Guy Thing. She later co-developed two web series for Comedy Central.

Sennott rose to prominence with her starring roles in the comedy films Shiva Baby (2020), Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) and Bottoms (2023), the last of which also served as her screenwriting debut.

Sennott has collaborated frequently with fellow actress and writer Ayo Edebiri.

Early life

Rachel Anne Sennott[1] was born on September 19, 1995[2] in Simsbury, Connecticut, the daughter of Donna (née Virzi) and Jack Sennott.[3][4][5] She is of Italian and Irish descent,[6][7] and was raised Catholic.[8][9] She graduated from Simsbury High School in 2014.[10]

Career

2016–2020: Early work in comedy

Sennott became interested in comedy as a freshman in college, when she went to an open mic night on a date.[11] She studied acting at NYU Tisch and Stella Adler Studio of Acting, graduating in 2017.[12][13] 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.[11]

In 2018, feeling out of control of her fledgling career, Sennott turned to Twitter comedy; she wrote and tweeted multiple short jokes per day.[11]

In a 2020 interview for Nylon, she said she did not enjoy the Manhattan open mic scene because she felt that people were laughing at her rather than with her, and moved into the alt scene with a regular gig on It's A Guy Thing.[12] She developed two shows in 2018: Puke Fest and Ur Gonna Slp Rlly Well Tonight.[14] Puke Fest combines stand-up sets with a drinking game and moved to Instagram Live during the COVID-19 pandemic.[15][3] Sennott's distinct comedic voice, a "messy" persona often complaining about dating and the economy, became popular in the alt scene.[12] In 2019, she was named one of the six best comedians of the alt scene on lists from both Time Out New York and Pop Dust, which cited her unique satirical takes on aspects of millennial life and culture.[16][17]

She satirizes other elements of culture, with some of her most popular bits including videos about the Los Angeles movie culture[12][18] and baby-obsessed young women.[19] A sound clip from her video, "Come on, it's LA", is sampled at the beginning of the song "Bump This" by Michael Medrano, Jake Germain, and Michete.[20]

On television, Sennott appeared in HBO's High Maintenance,[11] and played Jackie Raines on Call Your Mother.[21] Sennot and Ayo Edebiri co-developed two series for Comedy Central,[11][12] Ayo and Rachel Are Single and Taking the Stage, which began airing on the network in 2020.[22][23] Sennott also appears with Edebiri and other comedians on the web comedy-documentary series Speak Up, which seeks to amplify female voices about working in comedy.[24][25]

2021–present: Transition to feature films

Sennott starred in the 2020 feature films Tahara as Hannah Rosen,[26] and Shiva Baby as Danielle. Both films are queer Jewish coming-of-age narratives set at funeral services.[27][28] 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,[29][30][31] with Andrew Parker of The GATE saying that she gave "a wonderful, star making performance"[32] 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."[33] Sennott won the Rising Star award at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.[34]

In 2022, she played Alice in Bodies Bodies Bodies, an A24 comedy horror film. She was consistently named the standout performance of the film.[a]

Megan Conway of The New York Times Style Magazine summarized the consensus surrounding her performance: "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."[42]

In 2023, Sennott reunited with Shiva Baby writer-director Emma Seligman to write the teen sex comedy film Bottoms. Sennott stars in the film alongside Ayo Edebiri. The film premiered at SXSW on March 11, 2023, to critical acclaim.[43] Also screened at SXSW was the tragicomedy I Used to Be Funny. Writing on Sennott's performance in her review for The Austin Chronicle, Jenny Nulf said it "is heartbreaking, a tight rope walk between funny and sad that's done gracefully."[44] Sennott also began starring on the HBO drama series The Idol in June 2023.[45] It premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival where it was met with highly unfavorable critical reception, though Alex Barasch of The New Yorker commended Sennott as one of its "strong performances."[46] Sennott next appeared in comedy film Susie Searches.[47]

She appeared in Saverio Costanzo's period drama Finalmente L'alba (Finally Dawn).[48]

On March 18, 2024, Deadline reported that Sennott had sold a half-hour comedy pilot to HBO, in which she is set to write, star, and executive produce. The show will reportedly follow a codependent friend group as they reunite after time spent apart.[49]

Personal life

Sennott splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.[50][51]

Filmography

Film

Film work by Rachel Sennott
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Shiva Baby Danielle Short film
2020 Tahara Hannah Rosen
Shiva Baby Danielle Also executive producer[29]
2022 Appendage Ella Short film[52]
Bodies Bodies Bodies Alice
Susie Searches Jillian
2023 Bottoms PJ Also screenwriter and executive producer[53]
I Used to Be Funny Sam
Finalmente l'alba Nan Roth
TBA Holland, Michigan Post-production[54]
SNL 1975 Rosie Shuster Filming[55]

Television

Television work by Rachel Sennott
Year Title Role Notes
2018 High Maintenance Episode: "Namaste"[11]
2020 Ayo and Rachel Are Single Rachel 3 episodes[22]
Speak Up Herself
2021 Call Your Mother Jackie Raines Main role[21]
2023 The Idol Leia Recurring role[56]

Awards and nominations

Accolades for Rachel Sennott
Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2020 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Rising Star Shiva Baby Won [34]
2021 Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Actor Nominated [57]
Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards Best Actress Nominated [58]
The ReFrame Stamp Narrative Feature Won [59][60]
2023 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Bodies Bodies Bodies Nominated [61]
Most Frightened Performance Nominated [61]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Performance Nominated [62]
2024 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Bottoms Nominated [62]
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Actress in a Canadian Film I Used To Be Funny Nominated [63]

Notes

  1. ^ Attributed to multiple references:[35][36][37][38][39][40][41]

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