Who is Rachael MacFarlane?
If you are a fan of the animated comedy series “American Dad!”, about a conservative Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Stan Smith and his family, you are certainly familiar with the voice of Hayley Smith, his eldest daughter. The actress behind this voice is Rachael MacFarlane, who was heard in 344 episodes from 2005 through 2022.
Rachael MacFarlane has over 55 voice acting credits to her name, and she’s also a singer. To learn more interesting facts about this talented woman, keep on scrolling.
Early life, family, and education
Rachael Ann MacFarlane was born under the zodiac sign of Aries, on 21 March 1976, in Kent, Connecticut USA, thus she holds American nationality, and comes from a family of Irish, English and Scottish descent.
Rachael was raised by her parents Ann Perry Sager and Ronald Milton MacFarlane, alongside her brother, Seth, an actor and filmmaker, the creator of “Family Guy” and “The Orville”, and co-creator of the animated series “American Dad!” in which he stars with his sister.
Being secretive when it comes to her personal life, Rachael hasn’t spoken much about her childhood and what her interests were.
It’s known that Rachael attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1994, enrolled at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Massachusetts USA, to study music and theatre, but dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue her career as a voice actor.
Acting career, characters
Rachael made her debut voicing Miss Tammy – later various other characters – in the series “Family Guy” in 1999, and to date has been heard in 143 episodes of this animated comedy about a dysfunctional family from Rhode Island, which had 109 award nominations and won 37, including nine Primetime Emmys.
In the following years, Rachael was heard as Alien Woman in five episodes of the animated series “Johnny Bravo” during 2000 and 2001, followed the next year by her voice role as Cheerleader in an episode of “Dexter’s Laboratory”.
Also in 2002, she was heard as Girl #1 in “The Powerpuff Girls”, as Nina Crocker in “Static Shock”, and as Enid Quintara in “Fillmore!” (2002-2004). From 2002 through 2007, Rachael was voicing the character of Mindy in “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”. Concurrently, she was heard as Numbuh 362 in “Codename: Kids Next Door” (2003-2007).
As mentioned, since 2005, Rachael has been voicing the character of Hayley Smith in “American Dad!”, and concurrently she’s had numerous other voice roles. She was heard as Sheila in two episodes of “What’s New, Scooby-Doo” (2005), followed by her voice role as Blaise in the animated TV series “The Batman” (2007).
Rachael was cast for the voice role of Mindy in the 2008 animated TV movie “Underfist: Halloween Bash”, which won a Primetime Emmy Award, and was nominated for Annie Award-Best Animated Television Production Produced for Children.
In the following year, Rachael was heard as Nightshade in the animated action-drama “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies”. Worth mentioning is her voicing of Professor Samantha Rhodes in the 2010 TV movie “Lego Atlantis”, also starring Jeff Bennett and Bruce Boxleitner, and fans of the animated series “Winx Club” will recognize Rachael for voicing Chimera (2011-2012).
Besides series and movies, she’s been heard in numerous video games, including “StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm” in which she voiced the character of Kate Lockwell in 2013.
In 2015, Rachael was heard as Wonder Woman in the series “DC Super Friends”, and in the same year, Rachael made her debut on screen, and was seen as Meighan Assistant in the movie “Ted 2”, starring Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried, while Ted (the bear) was voiced by Rachael’s brother, Seth, who also wrote and directed this comedy.
From 2016 through 2018, Rachael was voicing Cordelia in “Sofia the First”, about a little girl who becomes royalty after her mother marries the king, and which had 24 award nominations, including two Primetime Emmys, and won 11.
Concurrently, Rachael was heard as Computer in “The Orville” (2017-2019), and as Odalia Bright in “The Owl House” (2020-2022). Most recently, Rachael was heard as Joanna in the 2022 series “Beavis and Butt-Head”, a comedy animation about the iconic duo of ‘90s pop culture.
Music career and other credits
As mentioned, Rachael is a singer, and released her debut album “Hayley Sings” in 2012, which is a tribute to her character from “American Dad!”
Rachael is credited as a writer of an episode of the animated series “The Grim Adventure of Billy & Mandy”, and is entitled “Educating Grim” – she also served as a production manager for this series.
Love life and spouse
Rachael hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies concerning her sexual orientation and love life. Since 4 May 2008, she’s been married to Spencer Laudeiro; the two met on the set of “The Grim Adventure of Billy & Mandy” and after a few years of dating, Spencer proposed to her. He’s a director and animator, probably known best for his work on the aforementioned series, as well as for his work for the 2010 TV movie “Robot Chicken: Star Wars III”.
Rachael MacFarlane (@GirlMacFarlane) joins us on #CheddarLIVE to talk about her new book, 'Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate,' sharing her inspiration behind the story & how she hopes the narrative encourages "kids to play the way they want to play." pic.twitter.com/Bq9COqHC7n
— Cheddar News (@cheddar) November 2, 2018
Rachael and Spencer have two daughters together – the elder, Bella Francesca Laudiero was born in November 2009, and has followed in her mother’s footsteps, heard as Maya in “The Angry Birds Movie”, and also made a guest appearance in three episodes of the series “American Dad!”
The younger daughter, Perrin Elizabeth Laudiero was born in June 2015.
As of December 2022, the family of four lives in their residence in Los Angeles.
Age, appearance, and net worth
Rachael’s age is 46, and many people know her voice, but they don’t know anything about her looks. Well, Rachael is a brunette with brown eyes, is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall and weighs around 155lbs (70kgs), with vital statistics of 36-24-36.
If you have wondered how rich this voice actress is, let us tell you that according to sources, as of late 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $5 million.