Rachel Frances "Frankie" Shaw (born November 11,1986) 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.
Shaw in November 2015
|Born||Rachel Frances Shaw
1981 (age 35–36)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Spouse(s)||Zach Strauss (m. 2016)|
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. Shaw has used the film as a platform to develop a TV show and discuss the role of women on screen.
In 2015, SMILF was picked up by Showtime as a half-hour comedy television show with Shaw as writer, director, star, and producer. 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."
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."
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.
Shaw grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. After graduating from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, she graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a degree in literature, then moved to Los Angeles where she currently lives.
|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)|
|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||Good Girls Revolt||Naomi||8 Episodes|
|2006||Just Like the Son||Brenda|
|2008||Altamont Now||Karen Kennedy|
|2009||The Northern Kingdom||Shauna|
|2009||The Freebie||Coffee Girl|
|2011||The End of Love||Evelyn|
|2013||The Pretty One||Claudia|
|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||Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland||Mary Jo Cacciatore|
|2016||Tough Cookie||Heidi||Short film|
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