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

(1972-05-12) May 12, 1972 (age 52)
EducationGeorge Mason University (BA)
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present
Spouse
Graham Larson
(m. 2018)

Deborah Rhea Seehorn (/ˈr ˈshɔːrn/ RAY SEE-horn; born May 12, 1972) is an American actress and director. She is known for playing Kim Wexler in AMC's legal crime drama series Better Call Saul (2015–2022), for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 74th and 75th Primetime Emmy Awards. She also received another Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her performance in Cooper's Bar.

She is also a two-time winner of the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her role as Wexler, in addition to receiving three Screen Actors Guild Award and three Critics' Choice Television Award nominations.

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. She also has a sister. 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]

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] Among her early roles was the lead in a pilot for an American version of the Argentine telenovela Lalola, about a womanizing executive who gets turned female through witchcraft as revenge for his treatment of women, entitled Eva Adams, and was filmed for the Fox network co-starring James Van Der Beek in 2009. It was envisioned as a dramedy, in the vein of how Yo soy Betty, la fea, which was adapted for American audiences as Ugly Betty, but Lalola wasn't picked up for a regular series.

In May 2014, Seehorn was cast in the Breaking Bad spin-off prequel series Better Call Saul (2015–2022), created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.[8][9] Seehorn portrays Kim Wexler, a lawyer and the eventual 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 received widespread critical acclaim, winning two Satellite Awards for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, one Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television out of two nominations, and one Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama out of three nominations, also receiving two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and two nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. TVLine named Seehorn “Performer of the Year” in 2022 for her work on Better Call Saul.[12]

In 2022, Seehorn made her television directorial debut with the fourth episode of Better Call Saul's final season ("Hit and Run").[13]

Seehorn will play a starring role in Gilligan's next series after Better Call Saul, which was picked up by Apple TV+ for a two-season order in September 2022.[14]

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]

Rhea Seehorn at PaleyFest Los Angeles on March 12, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre.
Seehorn in March 2016

Seehorn got engaged with film producer and real estate agent Graham Larson in 2018, becoming the stepmother to his two sons from an earlier marriage.[1][7][15][16]

She has gone by her middle name Rhea, pronounced similar to the name "Ray," since childhood due to feeling a "disassociation" with the name Debbie from an early age.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Case Against Karen Shari
1999 Why Spain?
The Pitch The Pitcher Short film
2000 The Gentleman Girlfriend Short film
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
Lost Children: Kate & Bill Kate Short film
2019 I Hate Kids Kelly
Inside Man: Most Wanted Dr. Brynn Stewart
Wyrm Dr. Johnson
2021 Things Heard & Seen Justine Sokolov
2022 Linoleum Erin Edwin
2024 Bad Boys: Ride or Die Judy Howard [18]

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
Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Ashley Schwartz Television film
2006 The Singles Table Stephanie Vogler Unaired
6 episodes
Modern Men Anita Episode: "Sexual Healing"
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
Dollhouse Jocelyn Bashford Episode: "Haunted"
2010 Burn Notice Patty Episode: "Breach of Faith"
The Closer Judy Lynn Episode: "Last Woman Standing"
2011 Untitled Allan Loeb 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
2015–2022 Better Call Saul Kim Wexler 60 episodes
Director (Episode: "Hit and Run")
2017 Shut Eye Charlie's Mother 2 episodes
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Martha Cobb Episode: "Info Wars"
Roseanne Carrie Episode: "Eggs Over, Not Easy"
Robot Chicken Karen / Teenage Girl (voice) Episode: "Your Mouth Is Hanging off Your Face"
2019 Veep Michelle York 5 episodes
The Act Janet Episode: "A Whole New World"
The Twilight Zone Martha Miller Episode: "Not All Men"[19]
2021 Ridley Jones Ida (voice) 6 episodes
The Harper House Debbie Harper (voice) 10 episodes
2023 Monster High Medusa Gorgon (voice) Episode: "That Thing You Deuce!"
2023–2024 Invincible Andressa (voice) 2 episodes [20]
2025 Untitled Vince Gilligan TV series TBA Upcoming series[21][22]

Other media[edit]

Year Title Role Type Notes
1997 Magic: The Gathering Tutorial Witch[23][24] Video game
2011 Maria, Me and a Monster Gwen Video
2018 Better Call Saul: Ethics Training with Kim Wexler Kim Wexler Web series AMC.com - 10 episodes
The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars Penelope Ophelian Podcast series 1 episode
2020 Convolution Sydney Birch Podcast series Audible - 3 episodes
2022–present Cooper's Bar Kris Latimer Web series Also co-creator, director and executive producer
2022 Better Call Saul: Filmmaker Training Kim Wexler Web series AMC.com - 1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year[a] Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Better Call Saul Won [25]
2016 Satellite Awards Won[b] [26]
2018 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Won [27]
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [28]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [29]
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated [30]
2020 Women's Image Network Awards Actress Drama Series Won [31]
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated [32]
2021 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [33]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [34]
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated [35]
2022 Dorian Awards Best Supporting TV Performance Nominated [36]
Hollywood Critics Association Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama Won [37]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [38]
Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Cooper's Bar Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Better Call Saul Won [39]
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated [40]
2023 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [41]
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Drama or Genre Series Nominated [42]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [43]
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Won [44]
2024 Astra Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama Won [45]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [46]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The listed year refers to the date of the ceremony.
  2. ^ Tied with Olivia Colman for The Night Manager.

References[edit]

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