Danneel Harris

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Not to be confused with Danielle Harris.
Danneel Harris
Danneel Harris Sept. 2011 (cropped).jpg
Harris in September 2011
Born Elta Danneel Graul
(1979-03-18) March 18, 1979 (age 36)
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
Other names Danneel Harris
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Jensen Ackles[1]
(m. 2010)
Children 1

Danneel Ackles (née Elta Danneel Graul; March 18, 1979), better known by her stage name Danneel Harris, is an American actress and model. She is best known for her roles as Shannon McBain on One Life to Live and Rachel Gatina on One Tree Hill.

Early life[edit]

Elta Danneel Graul was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and was raised in the small town of Eunice in St. Landry Parish. Her father is a practicing Ophthalmologist and her mother works as an interior designer. She was named after her great-grandmother. Her first name is Elta, but she goes by her middle name, Danneel, professionally. The name "Danneel" was inspired by Danneel Street in New Orleans. Her cousin is actress Mary Lou.[citation needed] She moved to Los Angeles and continued her acting training.


Modeling and acting[edit]

Before she landed her first acting role, Harris worked as a model with such companies as Big Sexy Hair and Juicy Jeans. She first appeared in a television commercial. In 2003 Harris landed her first role on the American Broadcasting Company Soap Opera television series One Life to Live as Shannon McBain a student attending the fictional Llanview University. Harris relocated to New York for the role and left the series in December 2004.[2] Harris has since gone on to appear in shows such as How I Met Your Mother, What I Like About You and CSI: Miami.[3] Harris's first film role was in the short film The Plight of Clownana. Harris has appeared on the Maxim Hot 100 in both 2008, 2009 and 2010.[4]

In 2005 Harris was announced to have a major recurring role in the third season of The CW Teen Drama television series One Tree Hill. Harris portrayed the role of Rachel Gattina a bad girl who creates havoc for the residents of Tree Hill and returned to her role as a series regular for the shows fourth season. However in season five, Harris only reprises the role of Rachel in two episodes due to the seasons format change. Harris appeared on the cover of Maxim in November 2006 alongside both One Tree Hill cast members Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton.[5] In June 2009 Harris was confirmed to reprise the role of Rachel in the series seventh season over the course of seven episodes.[6] Harris was in-talks to return for the series eighth season but due to scheduling conflicts these plans never materialized.[7]

In January 2007 Harris was cast as the female lead in the New Line Cinema Comedy film Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay the sequel to the 2004 film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Filming took place in Shreveport, Louisiana that same month.[8] The film was released in April 2008 to mixed reviews and went on to gross over $43,439,123 worldwide.[9] Harris reprises the role of Vanessa Fanning in the third and final film of the trilogy A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas which was released in November 2011.[10] In both 2009 and 2010, Harris had major supporting roles in both films Fired Up! and The Back-up Plan.

In May 2009 Harris was announced to have been cast in the Screen Gems Thriller film The Roommate.[11] The film which stars Leighton Meester and Cam Gigandet centers on a college freshman who's roommate has a violent obsession with her. Harris portrays the role of Irene Crew, a high-profile fashion designer. The film was shot on location at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles suffered numerous push-backs due to unknown reasons.[12] Eventually the film was released in February 2011 to a $15.6 million opening weekend despite negative reviews from critics and went on to gross over $40 million worldwide.[13]

In September 2009 Harris appeared in the Sitcom television series pilot Friends with Benefits which was picked up by NBC.[14] It was originally set to air on NBC as a midseason replacement during the 2010–11 television season but was delayed till August 2011.[15][16] Harris portrayed the role of Sara Maxwell a doctor desperate to find the right guy. The series premiered to a low 2.34 million viewers[17] and mixed reviews from critics. The series was not renewed for a second season due to low ratings.

In June 2012, Harris was announced to have a major recurring role in the second season of the TV Land Sitcom television series Retired at 35. (Johnathan McClain).[18]

Personal life[edit]

After seven years of friendship and three years of dating, Harris became engaged to Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles in November 2009.[19] The couple married on May 15, 2010, in Dallas, Texas.[1][20] It was announced on January 7, 2013, that the couple were expecting their first child together.[21] Their daughter, Justice Jay ("JJ"), was born on May 30, 2013.[22]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 The Plight of Clownana DildoMan's Fan Short
2005 Rule Number One April Short
2007 Ten Inch Hero Platisha 'Tish' Madison
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Vanessa Fanning
2008 Extreme Movie Melissa
2009 Still Waiting... Sherry
2009 Fired Up! Bianca
2010 The Back-up Plan Olivia
2011 The Roommate Irene Crew
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Vanessa Fanning
2012 Mardi Gras: Spring Break Erica
2012 Naughty or Nice Jill Rhodes Television film
2014 Baby Boot Camp Julia Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2003 One Life to Live Shannon McBain 68 episodes
2004 What I Like About You Kate 4 episodes
2004 Joey London / Katie Harper 3 episodes
2005 Charmed "Glamoured" Paige Matthews 1 episode: "Something Wicca this way Goes"
2005 JAG Cammie Cresswell 2 episodes
2005–2010 One Tree Hill Rachel Gatina 52 episodes (Seasons 3–7)
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shasta McCloud 1 episode: "A La Cart"
2008 Free Radio Danneel Harris 1 episode: "Lance Gets a Bodyguard"
2008 How I Met Your Mother Nora Zinman 1 episode: "Shelter Island"
2009 NCIS Jessica Shore 1 episode: "Love & War"
2009 Trust Me Jessica 1 episode: "All Hell the Victors"
2009 CSI: Miami Abby Dawson 1 episode: "Sink or Swim"
2011 Friends with Benefits Sara Maxwell 12 episodes
2012 Retired at 35 Jenn 3 episodes
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Olivia 2 episodes


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  2. ^ TV.com. "Danneel Harris Biography". TV.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Danneel Ackles". IMDb.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Tweet. "Danneel Harris". Maxim. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, & Danneel Harris do November, 2006 Maxim Magazine". MoeJackson. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "One Tree Hill: Danneel Harris' Return Confirmed". Buddytv.com. June 29, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Adalian, Josef. "NBC Pretty Much Cancels Three Shows Before They Premiere – Vulture". Nymag.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "11 Board Harold & Kumar 2". ComingSoon.net. January 31, 2007. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay". IMDb.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas". IMDb.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Danneel Harris Is the Latest Roommate | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dreadcentral.com. June 1, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Search: the roommate". Onlocationvacations.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Roommate (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ 0 Like0 Dislike0 (February 17, 2010). "NBC Picks Up Friends with Benefits". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 14, 2010). "Breaking: NBC picks up four new series". Ausiellofiles.ew.com. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010–11 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Friday Final Broadcast Ratings for August 5, 2011 – No Adults 18–49 Adjustments for Originals – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ "First look: ‘One Tree Hill’ star Danneel Ackles on ‘Retired at 35’ Season 2 – Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. June 22, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ Abrams, Natalie (November 9, 2009). "Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Are Engaged". TV Guide. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  20. ^ Oh, Eunice (May 16, 2010). "CW Stars Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Tie the Knot". People Magazine. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  21. ^ Baby on the Way for Jensen Ackles – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids – Moms & Babies – People.com. Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  22. ^ Johnson, Zach (June 7, 2013). "Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Welcome Daughter Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles". US Weekly. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 

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