Danneel Harris

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Danneel Harris
Danneel Harris Sept. 2011 (cropped).jpg
Danneel Harris in September 2011
Born Elta Danneel Graul
(1979-03-18) March 18, 1979 (age 39)
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
Other names Danneel Ackles
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Jensen Ackles[1] (m. 2010)
Children 3

Danneel Harris (née Elta Danneel Graul;[2] March 18, 1979[3]), credited professionally since 2012 by her married name Danneel Ackles, is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles as Shannon McBain on the American daytime soap opera One Life to Live and as Rachel Gatina on the WB/CW television drama series One Tree Hill.

Early life[edit]

Elta Danneel Graul was born in Lafayette, Louisiana,[2] and was raised in the small town of Eunice in St. Landry Parish. Her father, Edward E. Graul Jr. is a practicing ophthalmologist and her mother, Deborah Graul 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.[citation needed] She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a modeling career.[2]


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,[2] and left the series in December 2004. Harris has since gone on to appear in shows such as JAG, Charmed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, What I Like About You, NCIS and Joey.[3] Harris's first film role was in the short film The Plight of Clownana.[citation needed]

In 2005, Harris was announced to have a major recurring role in the third season of The CW television drama series, One Tree Hill. Harris portrayed the role of Rachel Gatina, a bad girl who creates havoc for the residents of Tree Hill and returned to her role as a series regular for the show's fourth season. However, in season five Harris only reprises the role of Rachel in two episodes due to the seasons format change. In June 2009, Harris was confirmed to reprise the role of Rachel in the series seventh season over the course of seven episodes.[4] Harris was in-talks to return for the series eighth season, but, due to scheduling conflicts, these plans never materialized.[5]

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.[6] The film was released in April 2008 to mostly negative reviews (with aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes giving it an average of 53%), despite the film grossing over $43,439,123 worldwide. Harris reprises the role of Vanessa Fanning in the third and final installment of the trilogy, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, which was released in November 2011. In both 2009 and 2010, Harris had small supporting roles in the 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.[7] The film, also starring Leighton Meester and Cam Gigandet, centers on a college freshman whose roommate has a violent obsession with her. Harris portrays Irene Crew, a high-profile fashion designer. The film was shot on location at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and suffered numerous push-backs for unknown reasons.[8] The film was eventually 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.[9]

In September 2009, Harris appeared in the sitcom television series pilot, Friends with Benefits which was picked up by NBC.[10] It was originally set to air as a midseason replacement during the 2010–11 television season, but was delayed until August 2011.[11][12] Harris took on the role of Sara Maxwell, a doctor desperate to find the right guy. The series premiered to a low 2.34 million viewers[13] and to mixed reviews from critics. The rest of the season's inability to retain viewers guaranteed that the series was not renewed.

In June 2012, Harris, now going by the professional name Danneel Ackles, was brought in for a recurring role in the second season of the TV Land series, Retired at 35.[14] In December 2017 it was announced that Ackles had been cast in the recurring role of Sister Jo in thirteenth season of The CW television series Supernatural.[15]

Personal life[edit]

After three years of dating, Harris became engaged to Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles in November 2009.[16] The couple married on May 15, 2010, in Dallas, Texas.[1][17] It was announced on January 7, 2013, that the couple were expecting their first child together.[18] Their daughter was born in May 2013.[19] On August 10, 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting twins together, later in the year.[20] Their twins, a son and a daughter, were born in December 2016.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Plight of Clownana Dildo Man's Fan Short film
2005 Rule Number One April Short film
2007 Ten Inch Hero Platisha 'Tish' Madison
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Vanessa Fanning
2008 Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam Vanessa Fanning Short film
2008 Extreme Movie Melissa
2009 Still Waiting... Sherry Direct-to-video
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


Year Title Role Notes
2003 One Life to Live Shannon McBain Contract role; 68 episodes
2004 What I Like About You Kate 4 episodes (season 2)
2004 Joey London / Katie Harper 3 episodes
2005 Charmed "Glamoured" Paige Matthews Episode: "Something Wicca This Way Goes"
2005 JAG Cammie Cresswell Episodes: "Straits of Malacca", "Death at the Mosque"
2005–2010 One Tree Hill Rachel Gatina Recurring role (seasons 3, 5, 7); main role (season 4); 52 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shasta McCloud Episode: "A La Cart"
2008 Free Radio Danneel Harris Episode: "Lance Gets a Bodyguard"
2008 How I Met Your Mother Nora Zinman Episode: "Shelter Island"
2009 NCIS Jessica Shore Episode: "Love & War"
2009 Trust Me Jessica Episode: "All Hell the Victors"
2009 CSI: Miami Abby Dawson Episode: "Sink or Swim"
2011 Friends with Benefits Sara Maxwell Main role; 13 episodes
2012 Retired at 35 Jenn Harris 3 episodes (season 2)
2012 Naughty or Nice Jill Rhodes Television film
2013 How to Live with Your Parents... Olivia 2 episodes
2014 Baby Boot Camp Julia Television film
2018 Supernatural Sister Jo Recurring role (season 13)[15]


  1. ^ a b "Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Wedding". Celebrity Bride Guide. May 15, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Danneel Ackles – Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Danneel Harris". Hollywood.com. Retrieved December 2, 2017. [dead link]
  4. ^ "One Tree Hill: Danneel Harris' Return Confirmed". Buddytv.com. June 29, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Adalian, Josef (February 24, 2011). "NBC Pretty Much Cancels Three Shows Before They Premiere". New York Magazine – Vulture. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ "11 Board Harold & Kumar 2". ComingSoon.net. January 31, 2007. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Danneel Harris Is the Latest Roommate | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dread Central. June 1, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Search: the roommate". Onlocationvacations.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Roommate (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "NBC Picks Up Friends with Benefits". MovieWeb. February 17, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 14, 2010). "Breaking: NBC picks up four new series". Ausiellofiles.ew.com. Archived from the original on May 17, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010–11 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas and New Alternative Program" (Press release). NBC. May 16, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2017 – via The Futon Critic. 
  13. ^ "Friday Final Broadcast Ratings for August 5, 2011 – No Adults 18–49 Adjustments for Originals – Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ "First look: 'One Tree Hill' star Danneel Ackles on 'Retired at 35' Season 2". Zap2it. June 22, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Turchiano, Danielle (December 1, 2017). "'Supernatural' Casts Danneel Ackles in Recurring Role (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  16. ^ Abrams, Natalie (November 9, 2009). "Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Are Engaged". TV Guide. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  17. ^ Oh, Eunice (May 16, 2010). "CW Stars Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Tie the Knot". People Magazine. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Baby on the Way for Jensen Ackles – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids – Moms & Babies". Celebrity Babies (People magazine). January 7, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  19. ^ Johnson, Zach (June 7, 2013). "Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Welcome Daughter Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Twins on the Way for Jensen and Danneel Harris Ackles: A Boy and a Girl!". Celebrity Babies (People magazine). August 10, 2016. 
  21. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (December 3, 2016). "'Supernatural' Star Jensen Ackles and Wife Danneel Harris Welcome Twins -- Find Out Their Unique Names!". ET Online. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 

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