Danneel Harris in September 2011.
|Born||Elta Danneel Graul
March 18, 1979
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jensen Ackles (m. 2010)|
Elta Danneel Graul was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, 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. She moved to Los Angeles and continued her acting training.
Modeling and acting
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. Harris has since gone on to appear in shows such as How I Met Your Mother, What I Like About You and CSI: Miami. Harris's first film role was in the short film The Plight of Clownana.
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.
In June 2009 Harris was confirmed to reprise the role of Rachel in the series seventh season over the course of seven episodes. Harris was in-talks to return for the series eighth season but due to scheduling conflicts these plans never materialized.
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. 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. 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. 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.
In September 2009, Harris appeared in the sitcom television series pilot Friends with Benefits which was picked up by NBC. It was originally set to air as a midseason replacement during the 2010–11 television season but was delayed until August 2011. 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 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 was brought in for a recurring role in the second season of the TV Land series Retired at 35. (Johnathan McClain). In December, 2012, the network announced it would not be renewing the series for a third season, making it the first of TV Land's original sitcom series to be cancelled from the network.
After three years of dating, Harris became engaged to Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles in November 2009. The couple married on May 15, 2010, in Dallas, Texas. It was announced on January 7, 2013, that the couple were expecting their first child together. Their daughter was born in May 2013. On August 10, 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting twins together, later in the year. Their twins, a son and a daughter, were born in December 2016.
|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|
|2010||The Back-up Plan||Olivia|
|2011||The Roommate||Irene Crew|
|A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Vanessa Fanning|
|2012||Mardi Gras: Spring Break||Erica|
|2003||One Life to Live||Shannon McBain||Main cast
|2004||What I Like About You||Kate||Episode 2.14 "Your Cheatin' Heart"
Episode 2.16 "Lunar Eclipse of the Heart"
Episode 2.19 "The Big Picture"
Episode 2.21 "Anti-Prom"
|Joey||London / Katie Harper||Episode 1.10 "Joey and the Big Audition"
Episode 1.12 "Joey and the Plot Twist"
Episode 1.13 "Joey and the Taste Test"
|2005||Charmed||"Glamoured" Paige Matthews||Episode 7.22 "Something Wicca this way Goes"|
|JAG||Cammie Cresswell||Episode 10.16 "Straits of Malacca"
Episode 10.18 "Death at the Mosque"
|2005–10||One Tree Hill||Rachel Gatina||Recurring role (Seasons 3,5,7)
Main cast (Season 4)
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Shasta McCloud||Episode 8.02 "A La Cart"|
|2008||Free Radio||Danneel Harris||Episode 1.07 "Lance Gets a Bodyguard"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Nora Zinman||Episode 4.05 "Shelter Island"|
|2009||NCIS||Jessica Shore||Episode 6.14 "Love & War"|
|Trust Me||Jessica||Episode 1.02 "All Hell the Victors"|
|CSI: Miami||Abby Dawson||Episode 7.16 "Sink or Swim"|
|2011||Friends with Benefits||Sara Maxwell||Main cast
|2012||Retired at 35||Jenn Harris||Episode 2.04 "The Grifters"
Episode 2.06 "The Apartment"
Episode 2.07 "The Break-Up"
|Naughty or Nice||Jill Rhodes||Television film|
|2013||How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)||Olivia||Episode 1.06 "How to Fix Up Your Ex"
Episode 1.08 "How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life"
|2014||Baby Boot Camp||Julia||Television film|
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