A few years ago, Allyn Rachel appeared simultaneously on multiple channels on your television, several days of the week. She became one of those actors who's in every commercial: Toyota, Walmart, McDonald's, AT&T, IHOP, MetLife, Dish Network, Kotex and Nokia, to name only a handful. "I went through a year and a half of it being insane," she says. "I went from booking none to booking, like, 18 in a year. And I got to do a lot of funny ones." That's always the wish of young comedic actors—to not only book an ad, but one which allows them be funny, and gets them noticed for it.
The industry is definitely noticing. Rachel is currently developing a sitcom for FOX titled Crescent Heights with her boyfriend and writing partner Patrick Carlyle. She also appeared in the supporting cast of the canceled-too-soon ABC sitcom Selfie, playing twee hipster character Bryn. But instead of caricaturing the sort of young women who spend Saturday afternoons crafting, Rachel's take on Bryn is deadpan, and more enjoyable for it. "I like to play stuff pretty real," she explains, "dry and real. But I'm also learning that I have a Sculpy face." A what face? "You know, Sculpy: the clay, the kids' toy. I make a lot of faces, I guess."
Rachel graduated from Tisch in New York City, then immediately moved to LA and started the program at Groundlings. She says she's always been drawn to characters; but the character with which she's currently having the most success is pretty close to herself. Crescent Heights, which Rachel describes as "comedy with cliffhangers," is Rachel and Carlyle's second project with FOX. The network previously bought a script from the duo based on their web series, "Couple Time," about the small, mundane moments of relationships. And even though Crescent Heights is full of Melrose Place–style soapy shenanigans, it centers around a young normal couple just trying to figure it all out.
See Rachel perform with the Get Go January 13 at 11pm at UCB Franklin.