Rachel Reilly Villegas is television personality, actress, producer and program host. She grew up in North Carolina, where, from a young age, she showed a passion for performing, starring in school shows and local theater. One of her first gigs was as a traveling performer with the popular Renaissance Festival.
Rachel studied Chemistry as a major in college, and was sent to the West Coast to do research for a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, making her home in Las Vegas. While working as a chemist, she pursued her passion for sports, beauty and healthy living. She established herself as a sought after yoga instructor, and, with her hard work ethic, winsome looks and personality, soon landed jobs with MGM and the Aria Hotel and Casino, coordinating events for VIPs and high net worth clients. Her work in this industry soon led her into the world of modeling and entertainment.
TELEVISION AND FILM
In 2010, Rachel auditioned for CBS television’s successful summertime blockbuster, Big Brother. She was an instant favorite with viewers, and as a contestant, delighted her fans with her bigger than life personality. The show’s followers were thrilled when she met, and fell in love with (right on the show), fellow contestant, Brendon Villegas, who is now her husband. Although neither won that first season, their presence always drew above average viewership and high ratings. When Rachel was on, the show achieved among its highest Nielsons ever, often skyrocketing through their best records to date, and she and Brendon soon became recognized as “reality TV gold” by industry commentators. Offers for follow up poured in from CBS and other entertainment media, including invitations to compete in The Amazing Race, guests stints on the popular soap, The Bold and the Beautiful, and many requests for appearances on other TV programs, radio, the stage and internet outlets. “Brenchel”, as the team was lovingly dubbed by audiences and critics, was asked to compete again, on Big Brother’s 13th season, and this time Rachel won. She and Brendon have appeared many times on the show as guests and commentators.
They competed on the 20th installment of Amazing Race, finishing 3rd, and “Brenchel” finally was wed, to the delight of fans, on September 8, 2012. Their wedding special aired on WETv. Rachel’s passion for adventure led her and her husband to race around the world again on Amazing Race 24, “All Star Fan Favorite” edition. It is noteworthy that as a “Reality Athlete,” Rachel is the only woman on the show never to be eliminated from the competition. She is one competitive, strong woman!
As evidenced by her extensive list of credits, she continues to be a major draw for studios, newsrooms, entertainment television and other outlets. Her career has seen her work as host, interviewer, commentator and guest presenter on countless occasions. She has appeared on ThePriceisRight,as a correspondent on Entertainment Tonight, Canada, as guest commentator on Slice’s Big Brother After Show, CTV’s E--talk Live, The Morning Show on Global TV Canada, and Big Brother US, among many other appearances. Reilly has added musical artist to her credits, appearing in musical theater productions in Los Angeles, and with her song, “Reality Star”.
Currently, she has recurring roles on The Bold & The Beautiful and Youthful Daze soap operas, The Doll web series and is costarring in a feature film premiering in 2016. She has also recently completed work on numerous other scripted cable and network television shows.
Rachel’s career has seen her work as an emcee and host for numerous special events and she enjoys doing standup comedy, having appeared in several showcases such as the Improv Hollywood & Ontario, Acme Comedy, iOWest, the HaHa room, Second City and more.
Reilly is the host and executive producer of her own show, Reality Relapse, on Bite Size TV and The Reality Channel. She was also a summer correspondent talking reality TV and conducting interviews on Wet Paint TV. Known as a reality TV expert, she is also a correspondent on Fox’s Hollywood Today Live. She is a frequent talk show guest and is often a hot topic, in her own right, on TV shows, radio shows, and news programs. Reilly has also produced YouTube series, and an adventure pet web series.
Reilly has graced the covers of several magazines, had many pictorials, and online columns, written about her. She has been on the cover of 7 fashion magazines, and appeared on a cover with Steven Tyler in international print. She has been featured as a swimwear, and lingerie model and has even done work modeling shoes. She has numerous endorsement contracts and works with several brands as a spokes model.
As well as being an actress, comedian and media personality, she is a journalist and writer. Her columns about Reality TV, Pets, Travel and more can be found in print and on the web in many other venues, including: Xfinity.com, OKmagazine.com, Global TV, Slice TV, Adventures4pets.com and elsewhere.
Reilly has a huge social media following, boasting over a million follower reach on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and YouTube. When she speaks, America listens!
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