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 50)
Alma materGeorge Mason University (BA)
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present
Known forBetter Call Saul
(2015–2022)
Spouse
Graham Larson
(m. 2018)

Deborah Rhea Seehorn (/ˈr ˈshɔːrn/; born May 12, 1972) is an American actress and director. She is best known for playing attorney Kim Wexler in AMC's Better Call Saul (2015–2022), for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 74th 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 Screen Actors Guild Award and 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. 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]

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, won 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 received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, two nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and two for the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. In 2022, Seehorn made her television directorial debut with the fourth episode of Better Call Saul's final season ("Hit and Run").[12]

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.[13]

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 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][14][15]

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.[16]

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

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 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
2015–2022 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"[17]
2021 Ridley Jones Ida (voice) 6 episodes
The Harper House Debbie Harper (voice) 10 episodes
2022-present Cooper's Bar Kris Latimer Shorts; also co-creator, director and executive producer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 Magic: The Gathering Tutorial Witch[18][19]

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 Satellite Awards Won
2018 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Won
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards 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 Awards 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 Nominated
2022 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Cooper's Bar Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Better Call Saul Won
2023 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

References[edit]

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