Rhea Seehorn

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Rhea Seehorn
Seehorn seated at a microphone
Seehorn in July 2018
Born
Deborah Rhea Seehorn

(1972-05-12) May 12, 1972 (age 49)
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present
Known forBetter Call Saul (2015–present)
Spouse(s)
Graham Larson
(m. 2018)

Deborah Rhea Seehorn (/ˈr ˈshɔːrn/; born May 12, 1972) is an American actress. She is best known for playing attorney Kim Wexler in AMC's Better Call Saul (2015–present), for which she is a two-time winner of the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. She has also appeared in NBC's Whitney (2011–2013), ABC's I'm with Her (2003–2004), and TNT's Franklin & Bash (2011–2014).

Early life[edit]

Deborah Rhea Seehorn was born in Norfolk, Virginia,[1] on May 12, 1972.[2][3][4][5] Her mother was an executive assistant for the United States Navy, while her father was an agent in the Naval Investigative Service; her family moved frequently during her childhood, living in Washington, D.C. and Arizona, as well as in Japan.[2][6] Following in the footsteps of her father and grandmother, she studied painting, drawing, and architecture from a young age.[7] She continued pursuing the visual arts, but had a growing passion for acting and was introduced to contemporary theater in college.[7] She graduated from George Mason University in 1994 with a BA in Studio Art.

Career[edit]

Seehorn in January 2016

While in college, Seehorn was looking to get into theater, after the encouragement of her acting teacher. She worked many ancillary positions in the theater industry in D.C. to try to get noticed. She ended up getting some major roles in local theater productions, but still needed to take odd jobs to help make ends meet; she took roles in various industrial short instructional films.[2] She soon started getting parts in more television productions, often playing roles that she considered as "very wry, sarcastic, knowing women", similar to her idol Bea Arthur.[2] However, most of these roles were short-run series cancelled after one or two seasons.[2]

In May 2014, Seehorn was cast in the Breaking Bad spin-off prequel series Better Call Saul.[8][9] Seehorn portrays Kim Wexler, a lawyer and the love interest of the titular Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).[10] The series premiered on February 8, 2015.[11] For her role, she has twice won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, once won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television, and has been nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television, and the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.

Seehorn's film credits include roles in the independent features Riders and Floating, and the independent shorts The Pitch, The Gentlemen, and The Case Against Karen. In 2021, she starred alongside Amanda Seyfried in the horror thriller film Things Heard & Seen. Her theater credits include the Broadway production of 45 Seconds from Broadway, as well as roles in The World Over, All My Sons, Stop Kiss, How I Learned to Drive, Freedomland, and Marat/Sade.

Personal life[edit]

Seehorn married film producer and real estate agent Graham Larson in 2018, becoming the step-mother to his two sons from an earlier marriage.[1][7][12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Case Against Karen Shari
1999 Why Spain?
1999 The Pitch The Pitcher Short film
2000 The Gentleman Girlfriend Short film
2000 Eat Me! Glynna
2002 Riders Bitsy
2006 The Shaggy Dog Lori
2008 CU@Ed's Tina Short film
2018 Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss Nordheim
2018 Lost Children: Kate & Bill Kate Short film
2019 I Hate Kids Kelly
2019 Inside Man: Most Wanted Dr. Brynn Stewart
2021 Things Heard & Seen Justine Sokolov
TBA Linoleum Erin Edwin Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Jenny Episode: "All Is Bright"
2003–2004 I'm with Her Cheri Baldzikowski 22 episodes
2005 Head Cases Nicole Walker 6 episodes
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Ashley Schwartz Television film
2006 Modern Men Anita Episode: "Sexual Healing"
2007 The Singles Table Stephanie Vogler 6 episodes
2007 The Thick of It Ollie Todzio Pilot
2008 The Starter Wife Charlotte 4 episodes
2009 Eva Adams Eva Adams Pilot
2009–2019 American Dad! Various voices 4 episodes
2009 Trust Me Brooke 3 episodes
2009 Dollhouse Jocelyn Bashford Episode: "Haunted"
2010 Burn Notice Patty Episode: "Breach of Faith"
2010 The Closer Judy Lynn Episode: "Last Woman Standing"
2011 Untitled Allan Leob Project Jessica Pilot
2011–2013 Whitney Roxanne Harris 38 episodes
2011–2014 Franklin & Bash Ellen Swatello 11 episodes
2013 Family Guy Joanie Cunningham (voice) Episode: "Save the Clam"
2014 House of Lies Samantha 2 episodes
2015–present Better Call Saul Kim Wexler 49 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2015–16)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
2017 Shut Eye Charlie's Mother 2 episodes
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Martha Cobb Episode: "Info Wars"
2018 Roseanne Carrie Episode: "Eggs Over, Not Easy"
2018 Robot Chicken Karen / Teenage Girl (voice) Episode: "Your Mouth Is Hanging off Your Face"
2019 Veep Michelle York 5 episodes
2019 The Act Janet Episode: "A Whole New World"
2019 The Twilight Zone Martha Miller Episode: "Not All Men"[14]
2021 The Harper House Debbie Harper (voice) Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Better Call Saul Won
2016 Won
2018 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Won
2019 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2020 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2021 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rhea Seehorn Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sepinwall, Alan (March 25, 2020). "How Rhea Seehorn Became the MVP of 'Better Call Saul'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Rhea Seehorn [@rheaseehorn] (June 16, 2017). "I know it's a slightly weird spelling. But mom liked it & im sticking w/ it. It's jst 1 syllable, "Ray". Same idea as "Shea" pronunciation" (Tweet). Retrieved June 19, 2017 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ The Associated Press. "Celebrity birthdays for May 12, 2017". The Mercury News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "@rheaseehorn". Instagram. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Actress Rhea Seehorn Interview". PBS. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Featured Alumni - George Mason University". George Mason University. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 8, 2014). "Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seehorn & Michael Mando Cast In 'Breaking Bad' Prequel Series 'Better Call Saul'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (July 11, 2014). "'Better Call Saul': Cast, Timeline Details and New Photos". Variety. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Birnbaum, Debra (February 6, 2015). "'Better Call Saul' Premiere: Meet Jimmy McGill's Love Interest". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Roots, Kimberly (November 20, 2014). "Better Call Saul Gets Two-Night February Premiere on AMC". TVLine. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "Graham Larson". IMDb. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  13. ^ Lynn, Sarah. TV Trend Now, “Who is Rhea Seehorn's husband? Get to know her family and husband Graham J. Larson,” Feb. 18, 2020
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (January 28, 2019). "'The Twilight Zone': Taissa Farmiga, Rhea Seehorn, Luke Kirby & Ike Barinholtz To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

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