Rachel Anne Zegler is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and YouTuber. She plays the lead role of Maria Vasquez in the upcoming film adaptation of West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, scheduled to be released in theaters on December 10, 2021.
Years active 2015–present
Born May 03, 2001, 20 years and 3 months, Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Sun Sign Taurus
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Measurements 31-24-32 – 79-61-81 cm
Bra size 31B
Instruments Vocals, Ukulele, Piano
Zegler stars in West Side Story along with actor Ansel Elgort and actress Ariana DeBose.
Father – Craig Zegler.
Mother – Gina Zegler
Siblings – Jacqueline Zegler (Older Sister)
Others – Chester Joseph Zegler (Paternal Grandfather), Chester John Zegler (Paternal Great Grandfather), Stephanie Marie Zimnicki (Paternal Great Grandmother), Maureen Teresa Cahill (Paternal Grandmother), Charles J. Cahill (Paternal Great Grandfather), Ruth F. Thielbar (Paternal Great Grandmother)
Multiracial (White and Hispanic)
She has Polish, a bit of Irish, German, and Italian ancestry on her father’s side and Colombian ancestry on her mother’s side.
Rachel attended Immaculate Conception High School in Lodi. She also studied at the New Jersey High School.
Early life and education
Zegler was born on May 3, 2001, in Hackensack, New Jersey, at the Hackensack University Medical Center.
Her mother is Gina Zegler, and she has an older sister, Jacqueline. Her mother is Colombian, whereas her father is of Polish descent.
Zegler was raised in Clifton, New Jersey, where she attended St. Philip the Apostle Preparatory School. She then attended the Catholic all-girls college-preparatory Immaculate Conception High School in Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, where she starred in the school’s musicals all four years: as Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2016), Ariel in The Little Mermaid (2017), Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (2018), and Fiona in Shrek the Musical (2019). For all four performances, she received Metro Award nominations in the Actress in a Leading Role category. Her other roles have included Serena in Legally Blonde, Cosette in Les Miserables, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Mimi in Rent. She graduated from high school on June 2, 2019.
In January 2018, director Steven Spielberg posted an open casting call via Twitter for the film remake of West Side Story. Zegler, then 16 years old, responded to the casting call tweets with videos of herself singing “Tonight” and “I Feel Pretty”. She was selected from over 30,000 applicants for the role of Maria. Zegler had performed the role at the Bergen Performing Arts Center.
Zegler’s YouTube channel has been active since July 2015 and has received attention. As of 2020, Zegler’s video of herself singing “Shallow”, from A Star is Born, has garnered over 11 million views on Twitter.
In January 2020, she signed with ICM Partners.
In February 2021, it was announced that Zegler joined the cast of the 2023 film Shazam! Fury of the Gods, with Variety’s Angelique Jackson writing that Zegler will “play a mysterious key role.” She also noted that Zegler is “the second Colombian American to be cast in a DC superhero project”.
In June 2021, she was cast as Snow White in a live-action adaptation of the Disney animated film.
Rachel had attained critical acclaim after being cast in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the musical West Side Story. She is also known for the several music covers that she uploads to her eponymous YouTube channel of songs such as Chandelier (2014) by Sia Furler, The Show Must Go On (1991) by Queen, and Speechless (2009) by Lady Gaga. This incredibly talented vocalist is also a stage actress who has starred in plays such as the Beauty and the Beast, Legally Blonde, and West Side Story‘s musical. She also has a huge fan base with more than 200k subscribers on YouTube, more than 200k followers on Instagram, and more than 80k followers on Twitter.
Best Known For
Being cast as Maria in the film West Side Story
The 30-second video captioned “someone: you use autotune me:”, which she uploaded to her Twitter account in December 2018
Uploading several music covers of songs by artists such as Sia Furler, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, and Queen to her self-titled YouTube channel
As a Singer
Rachel released her debut original track titled Twisted on September 19, 2018, via SoundCloud. She has also done several cover songs such as Bohemian Rapsody (1975) by Queen, Chandelier (2014) by Sia Furler, Yoü And I (2011) by Lady Gaga, When (2016) by Dodie Clark.
She was cast to make her debut theatrical film appearance as Maria in Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story.
She has a beauty spot on the left side of her cheek.
Rachel Zegler Favorite Things
TV Show – This Is Us
Color – Yellow
Disney Princess – Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Singing Performance – Cosette in Les Misérables
Acting Performance – Maria in West Side Story
Time Of The Year – Christmas
Places – Paris, France, Spain, Barcelona
Pre-Show Vocal Warm-Up – Diction
Broadway Song To Sing In 2018 – Nothing from the musical A Chorus Line
Character From The Show Glee (2009-2015) – Blaine Anderson played by Darren Criss
Actress Jennifer Aniston
Rachel interview/personal quotes
On deferring from college to film ‘West Side Story’
“I remember sending an email to the head of admissions at Montclair State University saying, ‘I know this sounds like a lie, but this is what happened, and this is why I can’t attend.”