Danneel Harris (born March 18, 1979) is an American actress, best known for her role on the TV show One Tree Hill and Kumar's ex-girlfriend in 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.
Harris is skilled in gymnastics and her musical talents include playing the piano and singing. She relocated to New York in 2004 for her role on One Life to Live. In 2005, Harris scored a recurring role on the hit TV show One Tree Hill, playing the fiery redhead Rachel Gatina, a thorn in many of the character's sides. She went on to become an integral part of the show, featuring in the main credits of the fourth season. However in season five she was only in two episodes due to its format change. Harris appeared on the cover of the November 2006 edition of Maxim with One Tree Hill costars Hilarie Burton and Sophia Bush. As of 2008, Harris replaced Sara Paxton as Nora, the sister of Sarah Chalke's character, Stella, in the CBS's How I Met Your Mother. Danneel revealed to The CW Upfront that she has been contacted about returning to One Tree Hill in season seven.
The Plight of Clownana (2004)
What I Like About You Kate (4 episodes, 2004)
One Life to Live Shannon McBain (unknown episodes, 2004)
Joey Katie (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
JAG Cameron 'Cammie' Cresswell (2 episodes, 2005)
Charmed Glamour Paige (1 episode, 2005)
Rule Number One (2005) April
Ten Inch Hero (2007) Tish
One Tree Hill Rachel Gatina (2005-)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (1 episode (A La Cart)
Free Radio (2008) Herself (1 episode, 2008)
How I Met Your Mother Nora (1 episode, 2008)
Navy: NCIS Jessica Shore(1 episode, 2009)
Parental Guidance Suggested (now titled Extreme Movie) (2008) Melissa
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) Vanessa
Still Waiting... (2008) Sherry
Fired Up (film) (2009)