- Set the high-jump record at her high school.
- Studied in France during high school, and spent her college years attending classes in New York and modeling in Europe.
- Planned on working on Wall Street after graduating from Columbia University.
- Landed her first television role in 2002, playing an orgy-loving waitress on Sex and the City.
- Appeared in Maxim magazine's 2001 swimsuit issue and was ranked 28th in its 100 Sexiest Women issue in 2003.
- Was in line to inherit the lead role on Alias had a pregnant Jennifer Garner left the show. Garner did scale back her involvement, but the series ended with both Garner and Nichols in the 2006 finale.
- Avoids using the P2 level of any parking garage after starring in the film P2 (2007), in which she played a woman being terrorized by a psycho in such a garage.
- Enjoys windsurfing, sailing and watching boxing.
- Michael Kershaw — Fiancé
- Hunter Nichols — Brother
- Jim Nichols — Father
- Scott Stuber — Ex-husband
- Alison Nichols — Mother
- Columbia University, New York, New York, United States (BS in Economics and Math, 2003)
- Birth Name: Rachel Emily Nichols
- Birth Place: Augusta, Maine, United States
- Profession: Actor
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