As Beth Mason, the strong-willed girlfriend of J.J. Pryor (Will Estes), Rachel Boston brings the 1960s female independence and voice of modern-day opinions to the more traditional Pryor family.
"Beth is such a dream role," says Boston. "I love playing a strong, independent young woman who isn't afraid to be different."
Raised on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, a suburb of Chattanooga, Boston caught the acting bug at the age of seven when she played a sheep in a church production of "We Like Sheep." Soon after, Boston began performing in school productions and local musical theater. While in high school, she was crowned 'Miss Teen Tennessee,' and she went on to become a top ten finalist in the Miss Teen USA Pageant.
At the age of 17, Boston headed to New York City where she appeared in numerous commercials and recorded voice-overs for various national advertising campaigns. "I knew one person in the entire city of New York," she recalls. "Looking back, I should have been terrified, but I was just excited to living in New York on my own and acting professionally." Additionally, she studied at The Actor's Center, began working with acting coach Anthony Abeson, and starred in a number of independent films, including "Zen and You" and "Smoking Herb."
After two years in New York, Boston landed a role in a Philadelphia production of Neil Simon's play, "Jake's Women." When the show closed, she took her director's advice and drove 3,000 miles west to Los Angeles for pilot season. Just two weeks after arriving in Los Angeles, Boston secured a guest-starring role on MTV's "The Andy Dick Show." She also began taking classes at the improvisational acting school, The Groundlings, where she was able to explore her love for comedy.
Rachel is currently a member of the Dennis Lavalle Actors Workshop, a workplace where actors are able to put up original work that they have both written and produced. During her recent summer hiatus, she appeared on stage in the comedy "Something Good" for Noah Wyle's theater company, The Blank Theatre. Starring as the headstrong, yet hopelessly romantic girlfriend, Boston found comfort being back on the stage, where it all began.
"Going to dance and singing classes as a child, I always knew performing would be a part of my life. I just never dreamed I'd be doing it professionally in New York and Los Angeles."
Boston is now feeling quite at home with her role on "American Dreams" and her new life in Los Angeles. She lives with her cat and enjoys singing, playing the piano and guitar, running and spending time outdoors. She is currently training for the L.A. Marathon, which will take place in March 2004.
Photos: Paul Drinkwater [1-8]; Kevin Foley