Rachael has an Italian father and an Australian mother and grew up on five acres (2ha) near Dural, in the Sydney Hills district. Like Jodi, she yearned for the city and was relieved when her family moved to North Sydney.
Rachael joined up with an acting agent and was happy to get bit parts in television shows and commercials, but never took acting seriously ... coming from an academic family, school work was always first.
She studied drama in her final year of high school, and her marks placed her in the top 10 percent in NSW. She enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, Media and Cultural Studies degree and also took performance studies, majoring in writing.
She deferred her last year of university to work on McLeod's Daughters but hopes to return to do honours in film studies at some point.
When offered the part of Jodi, her first reaction was, "Are you sure you've got the right person?". She says it was "total excitement" to find out Sonia Todd would be playing her mother, Meg.
Rachael studied acting at the Australian College of Entertainment, at Macquarie University and at the Drama Works Drama Company. Her previous television work includes roles in All Saints and Home & Away.