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Rachel Frances "Frankie" Shaw (born November 11,1986[1]) is an American actress, writer, director and producer currently based in Los Angeles. She is best known for her short film SMILF, which she wrote, directed and starred in. SMILF premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Short Film Jury Award for US Fiction. She is also known for her recurring role as Shayla Nico in the first season of the USA Network television series Mr. Robot.

Frankie Shaw
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Shaw in November 2015
Born Rachel Frances Shaw
1981 (age 35–36)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
  • Actress
  • writer
  • director
  • comedian
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Zach Strauss (m. 2016)
Children 1



Shaw first received recognition in the completely improvised Sundance film The Freebie and then as the oddball drunken cheerleader in the sitcom Blue Mountain State. Since then, she has appeared in independent movies including The Pretty One and Someone Marry Barry.

Shaw's short film SMILF, which she wrote, directed and starred in, won the 2015 Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction at Sundance.[2] Shaw has used the film as a platform to develop a TV show and discuss the role of women on screen.[3]

In 2015, SMILF was picked up by Showtime as a half-hour comedy television show with Shaw as writer, director, star, and producer.[4] The production for the pilot recently wrapped, and the show will "examine[] the travails of a young woman (Shaw) who comes to LA as both a struggling actress and a struggling single mom."[4]

Shaw returned to Sundance in 2016 with another short film she wrote and directed, titled Too Legit, starring Zoë Kravitz, Teresa Palmer, Nate Corddry and Clark Gregg. Too Legit was a satire of Congressman Todd Akin's controversial 2012 remarks about rape and pregnancy: "It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, [rape resulting in pregnancy is] really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."[5]

Shaw had a recurring role on the television series Mr. Robot, where she played Shayla Nico, the drug dealing love interest of Rami Malek's character Elliot Alderson. She also served as a series regular on ABC's Mixology and in the ABC Family pilot Tough Cookie. She also appeared on Fox's Mulaney, HBO's Hello Ladies, and the movie Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, reprising her role of Mary Jo from the 2010 series.

Shaw had a supporting role in the feature film Stronger (2017), directed by David Gordon Green, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston bombing survivor Jeff Bauman. She has also been accepted into the 2017 WGA Showrunner Program.

Additional credits include Netflix's Flaked and The Disaster Artist, directed by James Franco for New Line, and the independent feature, Lullaby, opposite Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams.

Personal lifeEdit

Shaw grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts.[6] After graduating from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, she graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a degree in literature,[6] then moved to Los Angeles where she currently lives.

Shaw was in a relationship with actor Mark Webber. They have a son together, Isaac Love (born circa 2008). On August 27, 2016, Shaw married writer–producer Zach Strauss.[7]


TV showsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Marrissa "Unchained" (Season 5, Episode 4)
2006 The Bedford Diaries Simone "I'm Gonna Love College" (Season 1, Episode 1)
2011 Glory Daze Gina "Hit Me with Your Test Shot" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2010–2011 Blue Mountain State Mary Jo Cacciatore Main cast (Seasons 2–3, 15 episodes)
2011 CSI: NY Kelly Rose "Brooklyn Til I Die" (Season 8, Episode 12)
2011 2 Broke Girls Keefer "And the High Holidays" (Season 2, Episode 12)
2013 Hello Ladies Nikki "The Limo" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2014 Mixology Fabienne Main cast
2015 Mulaney Julia "Ruby" (Season 1, Episode 12)
2015 Tough Cookie Heidi "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
2015 Mr. Robot Shayla Nico Season 1 (7 Episodes)
2016 Flaked Natasha 2 Episodes
2016 Good Girls Revolt Naomi 8 Episodes
2017 SMILF Bridgette lead role


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Night Swimming Amber
2006 Just Like the Son Brenda
2007 One Night Clarice
2008 Explicit Ills Michelle
2008 Altamont Now Karen Kennedy
2009 The Northern Kingdom Shauna
2009 Falling Up Gretchen
2009 Red Hook Deena
2009 The Freebie Coffee Girl
2011 Coffee Snobs Customer short
2011 The End of Love Evelyn
2012 Spoonful Mac short
2012 Knife Fight Samantha
2013 The Pretty One Claudia
2014 Lullaby Janice
2014 Someone Marry Barry Camille
2014 SMILF Bridgette Bird Short film;also writer and director
2016 Too Legit Jess Short film;also writer and director
2016 Joshy Crystal
2016 Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland Mary Jo Cacciatore
2016 Dreamland Lizzie
2016 Tough Cookie Heidi Short film
2017 Stronger Gail Hurley
2017 Fluidic Emlyn In post-production


  1. ^ a b "Frankie Shaw". Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2015 Sundance Film Festival Announces short Film Awards". January 28, 2015. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ Dowd (February 28, 2015). "Dirty Words from Pretty Mouths". Sunday Review. The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 27, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 17, 2015). "Frankie Shaw's Sundance Short "SMILF" to Be Developed as Showtime Comedy". Archived from the original on December 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ Jaco, Charles (August 19, 2012). "Full Interview with Todd Akin". Jaco Report. Fox News. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "2016 Participants". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 2016-08-28. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 

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