Rachael Leigh Cook Biography
Minneapolis native Rachael Leigh Cook began her career as a model at the tender age of 10, gracing Milk-Bone(R) boxes and Target(R) ads nationwide. She also appeared in a now-famous anti-drug TV spot in which, armed with a frying pan, she bashed her way through a kitchen to show the disastrous effects of heroin. At 14, her modeling agency sent her to read for a short film (26 Summer Street (1996)) and changed the course of her young life--from that moment on, Cook was hooked on acting. When she reached L.A. later that year, Cook bypassed the wannabe stage and nailed her first audition (for the part of a budding entrepreneur in The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)). She returned to theaters three months later in the Jonathan Taylor Thomas vehicle Tom and Huck (1995), then filled her calendar with appearances in independent and made-for-TV movies. She divided her time between Minneapolis and Tinseltown, shuttling from school events to movie shoots with her mother in tow. Cook's starlet status crystallized in 1999, when she starred opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. in the Pygmalion retelling She's All That (1999). Her on-screen transformation from ugly duckling to ravishing beauty scored several teen-oriented awards and made Cook a hot commodity in Hollywood. She signed for a handful of plum follow-up roles, including a troubled adolescent in Sylvester Stallone's Get Carter (2000), a frontier gal in Texas Rangers (2001), and the caterwauling lead in the live-action version of Josie and the Pussycats (2001). Cook now lives primarily in Los Angeles, but she returns home frequently to visit with friends and family. Her father, Tom (a former stand-up comic), is a social worker in the public school system, and her younger brother, Ben, is an aspiring filmmaker.
Daniel Gillies (14 August 2004 - present)
More Interesting Information for Rachael Leigh Cook
Was a print model for 5 years before becoming an actress.
Is a vegetarian.
Was a student of the Laurel Springs School, a school for young actors who can't attend a more regular school due to time commitments.
Was in a memorable anti-drug commercial where she smashes an egg with a frying pan ("this is your brain on heroin") and proceeds to trash the room with the frying pan ("this is your family, friends, career, etc."). Arguably one of the few effective anti-drug spots ever made.
Owns her own production company called Ben's Sister Productions.
Attended Minneapolis South High School, the same school as actor Josh Hartnett.
Dated "Boy Meets World" (1993) star Rider Strong.
Played the younger version of Parker Posey's character in The House of Yes (1997). Posey plays the villain in Josie and the Pussycats (2001).
Noisy underground British artist 'Firexit' has created two songs especially for Rachael Leigh Cook. The two songs are called 'This is for Rachael Leigh Cook' and a rare acoustic track called 'Dear Rachael'. In a interview, Gareth Gerrard (aka Firexit) was asked about the songs, he replied “Rachael is everything, I love her very much”.
Was recommended to the producers of "Dawson's Creek" (1998) by Texas Rangers (2001) co-star James Van Der Beek. She guest starred with him in 3 episodes.
In early 2001, she met actor Ryan Reynolds and the two immediately hit it off. However, she had to fly to England shortly after to film Blow Dry (2001). Ryan ended up suprising her, pulling out of his filming schedule and following her all the way to London. It was a success and they ended up dating for a year.
Engaged to actor Daniel Gillies. [December 2003]
Her mother was a cooking instructor and is currently a weaver.
There is a Minneapolis rock and blues band called "Budding Hollywood Starlet" that is named in honor of her and other budding Hollywood starlets.
Shares a birthday with Alicia Silverstone and Liev Schreiber.
Ranked #26 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
"She's All That" was the second time she had worked in a film with Freddie Prinze, Jr., although in their first project together, "The House of Yes," they shared no scenes together.
Her mother is of Italian ancestry
Personal quotes from Rachael Leigh Cook
"If this whole acting thing doesn't work out, I'll just get a talk show."
"I'm not small, I'm space-efficient."
"I'd love to do a sequel. Even if it was 'Ernest Goes to Mars 3'- if these girls were in it, I'd do it in a minute". [Referring to Josie and the Pussycats (2001) in an interview she gave to TV Guide (Issue #2505, 31 March 2001; article title "What's new, Pussycats?" by Josh Rottenberg)]
Rachael Leigh Cook Filmography
Actress - filmography
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The Final Season (2007)
Plot Outline: Kent Stock (Sean Astin) disrupts his life to become coach of the
Norway High School baseball team and try to lead them to victory.
Nancy Drew (2007) .... Jane Brighton
Plot Outline: Teen detective Nancy Drew (Roberts) accompanies her father on a
business trip to Los Angeles, where she happens upon clues to a murder mystery
involving a movie star.
Descent (2006) .... Allison
Plot Outline: A college co-ed is brutally raped and struggles alone to rebuild her life.
Matters of Life and Death (2006) .... Emily Jennings
Plot Outline: Three siblings struggle to maintain control of their lives after the unexpected
death of their parents thrusts them into an uncertain world of adulthood.
Kingdom Hearts II (2005) (VG) (voice) .... Tifa Lockhart
... aka Kingudamu hâtsu II (Japan)
- The Real McCoy (2005) TV Episode .... Penny Posin
- The Big Ed De-cline (2005) TV Episode .... Penny Posin
- Whatever Happened to Seymour Magoon? (2005) TV Episode .... Penny Posin
- Double Down, Triple Threat (2005) TV Episode .... Penny Posin
- Fake the Money and Run (2005) TV Episode .... Penny Posin
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) (voice: English version) .... Tifa Lockhart
"Into the West" (2005) (mini) TV Series .... Clara Wheeler
American Crime (2004) (V) .... Jesse St. Claire
Stateside (2004) .... Dori Lawrence
... aka Sinners (Germany)
My First Wedding (2004) .... Vanessa
Fearless (2004) (TV) .... Gaia Moore
Tempo (2003) .... Jenny Travile
11:14 (2003) .... Cheri
The Big Empty (2003) .... Ruthie
Bookies (2003) .... Hunter
Scorched (2003/I) .... Shmally
29 Palms (2002) .... The Waitress
Tangled (2001) .... Jenny Kelley
Texas Rangers (2001) .... Caroline Dukes
Josie and the Pussycats (2001) .... Josie McCoy
Blow Dry (2001) .... Christina Robertson
... aka Über kurz oder lang (Germany)
Antitrust (2001) .... Lisa Calighan
... aka Conspiracy.com (Europe: English title)
"Batman Beyond" (1999) TV Series (voice) .... Chelsea Cunningham (II) (2000-2001)
... aka Batman of the Future (Europe: English title) (UK)
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) (V) (voice) .... Chelsea
... aka Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker (Europe: English title: cut version)
... aka Return of the Joker (USA: informal English title)
Get Carter (2000) .... Doreen
Sally (2000) .... Beth
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999) .... Cassie
- A Perfect Wedding (1999) TV Episode .... Devon
- Psychic Friends (1999) TV Episode .... Devon
- His Leading Lady (1999) TV Episode .... Devon
She's All That (1999) .... Laney Boggs
The Hi-Line (1999) .... Vera Johnson
Living Out Loud (1998) .... Teenage Judith
The Naked Man (1998) .... Delores
Strike! (1998) .... Abigail 'Abby' Sawyer
... aka The Hairy Bird (Australia) (Canada: English title: working title)
... aka All I Wanna Do (USA: new title)
... aka College femminile (Italy)
... aka Filles font la loi, Les (Canada: French title)
"The Outer Limits"
... aka The New Outer Limits (USA: promotional title)
- Glyphic (1998) TV Episode .... Cassie Boussard
The Eighteenth Angel (1998) .... Lucy Stanton
The Defenders: Payback (1997) (TV) .... Tracey Lane
True Women (1997) (TV) .... Georgia Lawshe (young)
Country Justice (1997) (TV) .... Emma Baker
... aka Family Rescue
The House of Yes (1997) .... Young Jackie-O
Carpool (1996) .... Kayla
26 Summer Street (1996) .... The Girl
Tom and Huck (1995) .... Becky Thatcher
... aka The Adventures of Tom and Huck
... aka Tom Sawyer
The Baby-Sitters Club (1995) .... Mary Anne Spier
- Rachael Leigh Cook visits WOAK (????) TV Episode