Deborah Rhea Seehorn
May 12, 1972
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||George Mason University (BA)|
|Known for||Better Call Saul |
Deborah Rhea Seehorn (/ /; 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.
Deborah Rhea Seehorn was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 12, 1972. 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. Following in the footsteps of her father and grandmother, she studied painting, drawing, and architecture from a young age. She continued pursuing the visual arts, but had a growing passion for acting and was introduced to contemporary theater in college.
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. 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. However, most of these roles were short-run series cancelled after one or two seasons.
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. Seehorn portrays Kim Wexler, a lawyer and the eventual love interest of the titular Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The series premiered on February 8, 2015. 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").
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.
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.
|1998||A Case Against Karen||Shari|
|The Pitch||The Pitcher||Short film|
|2000||The Gentleman||Girlfriend||Short film|
|2006||The Shaggy Dog||Lori|
|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|
|2021||Things Heard & Seen||Justine Sokolov|
|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|
|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"|
|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|
|1997||Magic: The Gathering||Tutorial Witch|
Awards and nominations
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- Sepinwall, Alan (March 25, 2020). "How Rhea Seehorn Became the MVP of 'Better Call Saul'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 25, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
- 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.
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- Friedlander, Whitney (July 11, 2014). "'Better Call Saul': Cast, Timeline Details and New Photos". Variety. Archived from the original on July 12, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- Birnbaum, Debra (February 6, 2015). "'Better Call Saul' Premiere: Meet Jimmy McGill's Love Interest". Variety. Archived from the original on February 8, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
- Roots, Kimberly (November 20, 2014). "Better Call Saul Gets Two-Night February Premiere on AMC". TVLine. Archived from the original on November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- "'Better Call Saul': Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Will Guest Star in Final Season". Variety. April 10, 2022. Archived from the original on April 10, 2022. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
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- "Graham Larson". IMDb. Archived from the original on April 5, 2004. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
- "Lynn, Sarah. TV Trend Now, "Who is Rhea Seehorn's husband? Get to know her family and husband Graham J. Larson," Feb. 18, 2020". Archived from the original on November 23, 2021. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
- "How Rhea Seehorn Became the MVP of 'Better Call Saul'". Rolling Stone. March 25, 2020. Archived from the original on April 8, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
- 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. Archived from the original on January 29, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
- Macgregor, Jody (February 11, 2022). "The first digital deckbuilder was a Magic: The Gathering game from 1997 and it ruled". PCGAMER. Archived from the original on February 11, 2022. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
- "Magic: The Gathering Credits (Windows)". MobyGames. Archived from the original on August 14, 2022. Retrieved February 11, 2022.