Rachel Reilly was the winner of Big Brother 13 and a houseguest on Big Brother 12, in which she finished in ninth place, becoming the first member of the jury. She returned to the game in Big Brother 13, being partnered with Brendon Villegas. When the twist was released back onto the house for a week, her second duo partner was Jordan Lloyd. Rachel finished as the victorious winner of Big Brother 13. Though she may have irritated fellow Houseguests and viewers, she and Brendon ("Brenchel") developed a huge fan base. With her strong ability to win competitions, she is regarded as one of the best physical players and has become one of the most iconic names associated with Big Brother. Her signature line "Floaters, you better grab a life vest" has also become a popular quote among the show's fandom.
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, slutting around, 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.
Rachel's personality (clingy and somewhat subservent) led her to be a "pain" to the other Houseguests. However, she has since became a staple character in the show, often showing up in the house as a "punishment" for the other house guests.
Rachel has made an appearance in every season of Big Brother since her inaugural season.
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. 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 on their first attempts.
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 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.