Rachel was just 13 when she stole America’s heart on Simon Cowell’s short-lived singing competition.
Her shocking and tear-filled elimination (in 5th place) became the most talked-about moment of the season.
Now 18, Rachel has landed on her feet and couldn’t be more excited to lend her unmistakable voice to HOME: ADVENTURES WITH TIP AND OH.
She takes over the title role of Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, originally made famous by singer Rhianna in the 2015 movie, HOME.
“She is such a cool character to play,” Rachel tells TheTVPage.com. “She is empowered and edgy and fun and doesn’t take no for an answer. Kind of like me!”
The series picks up where HOME left off and follows Tip and best friend Oh (Mark Whitten) on a whole new set of adventures.
Rachel shared more her many upcoming projects and looks back on her brush with reality TV fame in an exclusive interview with TheTVPage.com.
This is not your first time doing a voice over…
I did RIO 2 [she was the voice of Carla], which was a really cool experience. I got to work with Jamie Foxx and Bruno Mars, which was awesome. Being the daughter of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway was definitely awesome.
Is this what you anticipated your life would be like?
I don’t think anybody could ever prepare for all I have gotten to do in my life. I am only 18 and I have gotten to do so much. My life has been so much crazier than I thought it would be when I was 13. I am just so lucky!
At one point there was some talk about you having a Disney Channel show. What happened?
I just decided that wasn’t for me. I wanted to do my own thing. I am actually filming a movie right now. I want to make my own music. It didn’t end up working out, but I have gotten to do so many things so it was never a big deal.
What is the movie you are working on?
It is called DIEDRA AND LANEY ROB A TRAIN. I get to do a lot of fun stuff. It is definitely something that I never thought I would get to do.
And you are still making music?
I am working on my album. I don’t know when it is coming out, but I am definitely working on it. I am signed to S Curve/BMG.
What is the Rachel Crow sound like these days?
The Rachel Crow sound is soulful and edgy and cool. You know I love Etta James, so I definitely try to bring in that old school soul with my lyrics. I take huge inspiration from Drake. I love the way he writes his songs. I feel like they are very relatable, like telling a story. So I really try to, through my personal experiences, tell stories and turn them in to songs.
Do you keep in touch with Simon Cowell?
I actually haven’t seen Simon in about five years now, but I have seen he has a baby and the baby is so cute!
What do you think when you look back on X FACTOR?
It was definitely and incredible launch pad. I don’t think I would be where I am without it. I am so grateful for that. That was a crazy time in my life, but I am having a great time doing what I am doing now.
Seeing you get eliminated was heartbreaking.
I was young and it was sort of everything I wanted at the time. It was a lot for me at once and a lot was happening. I definitely could have handled it better, but it happened.
How is life away from work?
Great! I just bought my first car.
It is hard to believe you are 18…
18 is weird. I have to be an adult. Who put me in charge?
Did you finish high school?
I did. I graduated at 16 years-old and I immediately started working. I was traveling a lot, so I always had set teachers and tutors.
Think you will ever go to college?
NYU is my goal. I am waiting for time to open up to do that.
HOME: ADVENTURES WITH TIP AND OH begins streaming on Netflix on July 29.
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