Sonia Rao

Washington, D.C.

Features reporter

Education: Boston University, BS in journalism

Sonia Rao is a reporter for The Washington Post's Features department, specializing in pop culture. She attended Boston University and wrote for the Boston Globe before joining The Post in 2017.
Latest from Sonia Rao

The newest TV shows and movies to stream right now

What’s available on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Prime Video and more in May and June.

June 2, 2023

Nicole Holofcener’s secret? She knows you’re a mess.

Cult filmmaker Nicole Holofcener is celebrated for her closely observed comedies. Her latest, "You Hurt My Feelings," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, opens May 26.

May 26, 2023

The last writers’ strike, when streaming was new and Conan grew a beard

The 2007-2008 writers’ strike affected “The Office,” James Bond and the L.A. economy. “It was necessary,” said one writer. “Did we get everything? Of course not.”

May 4, 2023

For Keri Russell, the intrigue of ‘The Diplomat’ is its messy humanity

In the new Netflix series, Keri Russell stars as an ambassador who's always a little out of sorts.

April 27, 2023

Elizabeth Olsen loves a puzzle

Elizabeth Olsen plays a housewife accused of murder on HBO Max’s “Love & Death,” her latest project decoding a character’s perplexing behavior.

April 26, 2023

On ‘Succession,’ weddings never go off without a hitch

"Succession" repeatedly uses wedding tragedies to show how the Roys' transactional relationships pervert the idea of love.

April 12, 2023

Ali Wong and Steven Yeun serve rage and existential dread with ‘Beef’

The new Netflix series explores how normal people can go from “being so agreeable to just a rabid animal,” says creator Lee Sung Jin.

April 6, 2023

Gwyneth Paltrow not liable for Utah ski collision and awarded $1, jury rules

Gwyneth Paltrow and retired optometrist Terry Sanderson each blamed the other for causing the February 2016 accident on a bunny slope in Utah.

March 30, 2023

Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski accident trial is almost over. Here’s what to know.

A man is suing Gwyneth Paltrow for $300,000, claiming that she crashed into him while skiing in Utah, leaving him with physical injuries and emotional distress.

March 28, 2023

Gwyneth Paltrow testifies that she was confused, then angry, after ski accident

Gwyneth Paltrow opened her testimony by saying she "was hit" by the man suing her, "and he was at fault in the 2016 ski accident.

March 24, 2023