What You Didn't Know About Rachael Ray's Acting Career

Most of us first got to know Rachael Ray from her hugely successful cooking show, 30 Minute Meals, which has aired on the Food Network for over a decade. In addition to hosting the show, Ray also has written several popular cookbooks around the concept of quick and easy meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less, including 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray's Express Lane Meals, and even produced a magazine called Every Day with Rachael Ray.

But, as if all of that weren't enough work, Ray also has ambitions far beyond the Food Network, and she is already well on her way to making them happen. In 2006, she launched a daytime talk show, The Rachael Ray Show, saying, "People know me for my love of food, but I have so much more I want to share, ... Our show's going to be all about taking a bigger bite out of life."

Rachael Ray has appeared on many hit TV series

In 2008, Rachael Ray debuted a five-part travelogue series, Rachael's Vacation, in which she takes her viewers along with her on an exciting European adventure.

Ray's acting aspirations also led to her accept roles playing fictionalized versions of herself in popular TV shows like 30 Rock, Young and Hungry, and Crashing. She even got the opportunity to play herself in the long-anticipated 2016 revival of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, via IMDb.

In 2017, Ray lent her voice to the role of Mom in the animated TV series Animals. That same year, she moved on to the big screen. Ray played the role of Spam in the animated hit The Emoji Movie. Then, in 2019, Ray returned to voice acting, lending her voice to the character Charlotte in an episode of Butterbean's Café on Nick Jr. "I've always wanted to be in a cartoon, and it finally happened!" Ray said of the experience on her website.