Rachel True is an American actress best known for her starring role as Mona Thorne in the television sitcom Half & Half, from 2002-2006.
True was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Richard True and step-daughter of actress Verona Barnes. She has a younger half-sister, actress Noel True.
True's father is Caucasian and her mother is of African-American and Native-American descent.
True developed a love of acting as a child, watching performances of her stepmother. During her youth, she honed her skills by participating in different plays.
In 1991, True had an appearance on The Cosby Show, beginning a string of TV jobs, including turns on Beverly Hills 90210, The Drew Carey Show, Once and Again, and HBO's Dream On.
By 1993, she had moved to Los Angeles and appeared opposite Chris Rock in his movie CB4. After CB4, she was cast alongside Alyssa Milano for the movie Embrace of the Vampire.
True's next movie was The Craft, in which she played a member of a gothic teenage coven along with Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk. True and Campbell became best friends during the filming, a friendship they maintain.
True played the girlfriend of a pothead who hid his habit from her in Half Baked. She also appeared in Nowhere, Groove, and New Best Friend.
In 2002, True teamed up with Essence Atkins to star in the UPN comedy, Half & Half. For four seasons she has played the character Mona Thorne, a wacky, twenty-something music industry executive in San Francisco who is working on strengthening her relationship with the half-sister who has just moved into her apartment building.
In 2007 she appeared in the Christmas feature film The Perfect Holiday, with Terrence Howard, Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah and Morris Chestnut.
In October 2007 she began filming The Killing of Wendy, a film about a group of women who get together for a weekend with an unpleasant gossip columnist called Wendy, and give her back some of her own medicine.
She plays the role of Ayanda, a pregnant woman with two children. The film was shot on location in Sandton, Johannesburg.