Danneel Harris (born Elta Danneel Graul on March 18, 1979) is an American Actress, Model and Gymnast best known for her roles as Rachel Gatina on The CW's Drama One Tree Hill and her film portrayals in Fired Up and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.
Harris was born Elta Danneel Graul in Lafayette, LA and was raised in the small town of Eunice. Harris was named after her great-grandmother. Her first name, Elta, is a French name, but she always goes by her middle name. The name "Danneel" was inspired by Danneel Street in New Orleans. Her cousin is actress Mary Lou. She moved to Los Angeles and continued her acting training with John Homa, Calmeson and Calmeson, and Craig Wargo.
Before she landed her first acting role, Harris worked as a model with such companies as Big Sexy Hair and Juicy Jeans. She first appeared in a television commercial. The independent film The Plight of Clownana marks her first major acting role. Her other credits include the WB's What I Like About You, guest appearance on Mad TV and a supporting role in the yet-to-be released indie Rule Number One starring Ed Harris.
One of Harris's tattoos is located on her derriere, the exact details of her tattoo are unknown but appear to be a heart and star... The tattoo on the underside of her wrist is a single word.