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Rachel Zane
Portrayed by Meghan Markle
S00E03P001 Rachel
Biographical Information
Full name: Rachel Elizabeth Zane
Nickname: Michelle Ross (alias)
Occupation: Paralegal
Institution: Pearson Specter
Pearson Darby Specter (formerly)
Pearson Darby (formerly)
Pearson Hardman (formerly)
Physical Description
Gender: Female
Relationships
Significant Others: Mike Ross (boyfriend)
Colin McCarthy (formerly)
Parents: Robert Zane (father)
Laura Zane (mother)
Character Information
First appearance: Pilot
Latest appearance: The Other Time
Appearance Count: 34
GALLERY (131)
Rachel Elizabeth Zane is a paralegal at Pearson Specter, and formerly at Pearson Hardman, who has a romantic relationship with Mike Ross.

Background Edit

Rachel has been a paralegal for five years, before finally achieving an LSAT score high enough for Harvard Law.

Rachel is the eye candy of the associates. She is smart, strong and sexy and isn't afraid to acknowledge it. She is also a respected member of the firm and one of the best when it comes to what she does prompting the help of her other co-workers.

History Edit

Rachel grew up under the shadow of her father, Robert Zane, a skilled lawyer and name partner of Rand, Calder & Zane. Despite her family's wealth, she prefers to live on the money that she earns. Despite her own ability, Rachel has never been good with taking tests, so she never gets a high enough LSAT score for Harvard. Unable to get into law school, she decided to begin working as a paralegal at Pearson Hardman. Because of this, Robert began to doubt Rachel's capabilities as a lawyer.

At one point, Rachel dated Colin McCarthy, a first year associate. In the end, Rachel broke up with him and his performance began to drop until, two months later, he was fired. Since then, Rachel has decided to not date someone from the office... until she meets Mike.

Season 1 Edit

When Rachel meets Mike in the Pilot, she has made it pretty clear that she is uninterested in dating coworkers, and that despite her position as a paralegal, she is most likely better than some of the associates in the firm. The fact that she has her own office proves this.

In Tricks of the Trade, Rachel feels threatened when a former colleague almost gets an internship at Pearson Hardman. When her friend fails, she is relieved, not wanting to work for someone who was once like her. When she finds out about the genius that had been taking the LSATs for other hopeful law students, she considers it for a while but eventually calls it off. She then figures out that Mike was the genius who took the test for others and becomes spiteful.

Over the course of Mike's first year at Pearson Hardman, she and Mike became very close, even to the point of exchanged flirtations. At one point, though, when Mike finally asked her out, Rachel turned him down, not wanting to ruin their work dynamic. However, when she met Mike's new girlfriend, Jenny Griffith, her feelings for Mike began becoming more intense. During a late night working together, Rachel kissed Mike, a move he later called her out for.

Season 2 Edit

After the awkward yet professional exchanges between Mike and Rachel, Mike, after his breakup with Jenny, finally confirms his feelings for her, and they began secretly seeing each other. When Mike realized that he cannot tell Rachel the truth about himself, he ends things with her, telling her that he is worried that she would do what she did to Colin McCarthy. Initially hurt, Rachel then realized that there is more to the story that Mike is letting on when she sees how much he cares for her.

Despite their rocky relationship, Mike and Rachel remained friends. Mike also constantly tried to help Rachel with her LSAT, which she finally retook in Meet the New Boss. It is revealed in Asterisk that she had achieved a score of 172, high enough to get her into Harvard. Unfortunately, even though she achieved the required score, Harvard still rejected her. Something which was initially blamed on Louis' relationship with Harvard Admissions Tutor Sheila Sazs.

So Rachael decides to take action and write a letter going over Sheila's head, asking Mike to reference it since he "went" to Harvard. He refuses after he talks to Louis.

However it turns out that Louis and Sheila's previous interaction had nothing to do with Rachel's rejection. Sheila apparently liked Rachel, but the rejection pile was full of people with equally impressive resume's, and despite Rachel's intelligence and work ethic, she didn't make the grade.


In the season finale, Rachel confronts Mike about his lies and he admits that he never went to Harvard Law. Initially angered by this, she slaps him. As she storms away, he grabs her arm and they have sex in the filing room.

Season 3Edit

Rachel grows angry with Mike and ignoring him believing that it is unfair he gets to practice law without going to law school and she has worked harder. However she soon forgives him, and they begin a relationship.

She then has Mike eat dinner with her parents. He becomes close with Robert Zane but worries that he will find out about him.

Their relationship goes well until Rachel gets accepted to Stanford for law school without telling Mike fearing that he'll break up with her. When he finds out he becomes angry, but doesn't want her to give up all she has worked for. Instead of ending her relationship, Rachel goes to Jessica Pearson asking her make an exception to the Harvard rule for Rachel due to her stellar performance and work ethic.

Relationships Edit

Mike Ross Edit

Rachel and Mike's relationship started off as rocky. Rachel disdained Mike for being a show off and also for, according to her, trying to hit on her. But throughout the course of Season 1, their relationship grew to trusted working partners. When Rachel got suspended for wrongful accusation of document leaking, Mike went out of his way to help Rachel get back her job. When Mike and Jenny Griffith started dating, it put a hidden strain on their growing relationship. Rachel kissed Mike in the library to which Louis witnessed. Later on, Rachel accused Mike of toying with her when he kept on flirting with her even though he was officially with Jenny. This argument led them to breaking off their friendship and partnership, causing Mike to have a difficulty with some of his cases.

In Season 2, when Mike had finally received Rachel's message about their kiss, he kissed her a second time and said that he wanted them to happen. Because of this, Mike wanted to tell Rachel his secret. Harvey, however, objects to it. After discovering that Harvey had put his job on the line for him, Mike decides to not tell Rachel and also call them off, using her past relationship with Colin as an excuse. This of course hurt Rachel. By the time Edith died, Rachel and Mike had fixed their friendship and had even bonded over choosing an apartment for Edith. While Mike was mourning for Edith, Rachel comforted him until his childhood friend, Tess, showed up. When Rachel refused Mike's advances, he goes to Tess. Rachel later catches them in Mike's apartment. Throughout the second half of Season 2, the eventually rekindle their relationship and in the season finale, Mike reveals to Rachel that he never went to Harvard Law. Rachel responds by slapping him in the face twice. Attempting to slap him a third time, Mike grabs her arm and she walks away, Mike then grabs her arm again and they have angry sex.

Louis Litt Edit

Rachel looks out after Louis since she finds him devious and dangerous. Although they did work together in a case involving ballet. She is one of the few who respect Louis and although talks behind his back, cares for him. She gave Louis a tennis ball signed by a high school tennis prodigy in the episode Break Point when his cat died, but does lecture Louis in caring for his employees, especially Harold.

Donna Paulsen Edit

Donna and Rachel are very good friends. Their relationship can be seen as sisterly. They have been shown to confide in each other, especially when having troubles with men.

In Season 1, Rachel asked Donna if she "Never, ever..." with Harvey. Donna said "No, because you can never go back." This implied that once, she had feelings for Harvey.

In Season 2, Rachel tells Donna about her leaving a message to Mike about their kiss. Donna shared some wisdom to her about it and also showed that she was looking forward to their relationship.

Eitherway, both women respect each other when it comes to being friends and coworkers.

Trivia Edit

  • Rachel is a foodie and enjoys experiencing new tastes.
  • She speaks fluent Spanish.
  • Her father is Robert Zane, a name partner at Rand, Calder & Zane and doesn't like people to know this since people tend to treat her differently after finding out.
  • In the episode Rewind, it was said that Rachel was 22 when she got hired.
  • She enjoys ballet.
  • Rachel's current office formerly belonged to Monica Eton, who was dismissed after the discovery of her affair with Daniel Hardman.
  • Rachel has a desk full of staplers, showing that she did, in fact, get hit on too many times by associates much to her chagrin.
  • While introducing herself to strangers with Donna, she used the name "Michelle Ross" and described herself like Mike.
  • Rachel mentioned to Mike that her "first time" was in Greece.
  • Rachel's match.com username was zaneylady212
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