From an early age, Rachel was definitely a fan of theatrics and art. The middle of two brothers who grew up building tree houses, swinging on rope swings and swimming in rivers, this deep-south native of Dothan, Alabama was asked if she knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress. She replied, "I didn't think much about the possibility of acting at an early age. I was interested in what most 12 year olds were interested in, except that I was a little strange. I wrote and illustrated short stories and by 11 years old I wrote a novel about people who turned into cats at the hand of a wicked professor. My friends were mostly normal, but I was the 12-year-old girl who went and saw "Titanic" in the theaters seven times, alone, just to feel Rose's pain and cry quarts at the ending." Hendrix said she was "happy enough being voted Miss Congeniality in her 7th grade pageant, and didn't feel the need to win the beauty part." She was happy being in the limelight on her own terms and was cast in mostly insignificant parts in her high school plays. It wasn't until her senior year that Hendrix went from playing a crap-shooting man in "Guys and Dolls" to landing the lead role of Dorothy in the Spring musical production of "The Wizard of Oz." "The experience was amazing," she said, "but I almost threw up from a migraine after the curtain call the opening night. I know I did a good job, and I had a lot of fun, but in the end I wasn't all smily and happy because my body had a totally different reaction." It was there that she realized even though she loved acting, she did not want to study theater in college.
Wanting to study cinematography, but unable to afford the high costs of film school, Hendrix attended The University of Montevallo where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. Before graduating college, she was introduced to filmmaker Kris Kimlin at a sushi restaurant and was asked if she would act in his short film, "Letting Go" which she agreed to. Having never done anything serious in front of the camera before, Hendrix said, "I thought he was a bit crazy just offering me the role like that. I had nothing to lose, though, so I gave it my all." Because of that role, she was discovered by long-time friend and collegue of Kimlin's, Jon Erwin, Co-Founder of Erwin Brothers' Films, who saw the film and noticed a spark of freshness and honesty in her face. Since then, Hendrix has appeared in many short films, music videos and commercials with the Erwin Brothers. In 2008 Hendrix graduated and married Swiss musician Gabriel Trüb and moved to Switzerland putting her acting work on hold to focus on her marriage and build a photography business. In 2009 Hendrix landed the lead in Halogen Network's TV pilot, ALUMNI.
Much of the ALUMNI cast re-united to film once again with the Brothers in their first feature film, "OCTOBER BABY" which will be released on March 23rd in select theaters across the country. Hendrix currently lives in Switzerland and runs a small photography business from her home. She specializes in unique, natural-light portraiture and weddings and makes as many visits to America as she can. Hendrix feels that living in Europe has helped "keep her grounded in the important things of life."
Although she's never really feared being typecast, Hendrix hopes to play a more edgy character like a sarcastic, awkward comedian, a hopeless drug-addict, or of course, a kick-butt action hero, something completely opposite of who she's played in the past. "All I can do is audition and hope something super-crazy and fun comes along." With the pending success of the film, Hendrix and her husband hope to make a move state-side one day and focus on acting and music.