Rachel Reilly was a houseguest on Big Brother 12in which she finished in ninth place and became the first member of the jury,& the winner of Big Brother 13. In season 12, Rachel caused major drama for her overbearing personality, which led her getting into verbal fights with her fellow houseguests. When she was nominated against her only ally Brendon Villegas in week 5, she was unanimously evicted for being seen as the bigger threat of the duo. She would cast her jury vote for Lane Elenburg, feeling he had played the best social game.
She returned to the game in Big Brother 13as part of the season duo twist, being partnered with her now fiancé Brendon Villegas. When the duo twist was released back onto the house for a week, her second partner was Jordan Lloyd. Rachel finished as the victorious winner of Big Brother13.
Despite her constant irritation to houseguests and viewers, she and Brendon ("Brenchel") developed a huge fan base. Due to her competition prowess, she is considered one of the greatest physical players in the show's history.
Rachel Eileen Reilly, born October 16, 1984, is a cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, Nevada. She describes herself as "bubbly, drunk and adventurous." Rachel's favorite activities include painting, working out, doing anything outdoors, watching movies with friends, playing with her dog, getting dressed up, winning Big Brother, and going on dates. The hardest part of living in the Big Brother house for Rachel is "having your entire life televised." Before being cast on Big Brother 12, Rachel briefly was a swimsuit model for Hawaiian Tropic swimwear. Rachel was also on a magazine cover with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Her sister, Elissa Slater, was a contestant in Big Brother 15.
On September 8, 2012, Rachel married fellow Big Brother 12 contestant Brendon Villegas. Rachel and Brendon competed as an engaged couple on The Amazing Race 20, where they placed third. They later returned as a married couple for The Amazing Race 24 where they placed third once again. On September 16 2015 Reilly and Villegas announced that she was expecting their first child on a live taping on Big Brother 17. Their first daughter, Adora Borealis Villegas, was born in April 2016.
Rachel is the only female houseguest in Big Brother 12 to win HOH twice. In fact she won 2 of the 3 HOH's won by a female in her season.
Rachel has made an appearance in every season of Big Brother since her inaugural season.
In seasons 12 and 13, she was a contestant, in season 14, she appeared as a punishment by Pandora's Box for Ian Terry, in season 15, she was seen handing the key to her sister and contestant Elissa Slater, in season 16, she appeared as a guest commentator, and in season 17 she and Brendon announced her pregnancy.
Rachel appeared in Big Brother 14, in a video for Ian Terry which he had to watch after he opened Pandora's Box. She annoyed Ian and gave him advice on how to win the game, useless to anyone but herself. Ironically, he actually did end up winning the game.
Rachel, along with Mike "Boogie" Malin, are the only Houseguests to win the game on their second attempt.
Coincidentally, both were the fifth Houseguest evicted in the first season they played in.
Rachel is the only winner to have a sibling play in a future season.
Rachel and her husband, Brendon Villegas competed on The Amazing Race 20 and finished third together as a team. They also returned for The All-Stars season and become the first team to make it to the finals twice. The married couple finished third yet again. Their appearance on The Amazing Race followed Alison Irwin's appearance on The Amazing Race 5 and Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder's appearance on The Amazing Race 16.
Rachel shares the record for earliest multiple HoH wins with Jessie Godderz , having won the first HoH and the third HoH in her second season.