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Rachael Leigh Cook

Cook in an advertisement for PETA
Born October 4, 1979 (1979-10-04) (age 30)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Daniel Gillies (2004–present)
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Rachael Leigh Cook (born October 4, 1979) is an American actress, best known for her role in the hit romantic comedy She's All That and her This is Your Brain on Drugs PSA.

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Biography

Early life

Cook was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Thomas H. Cook, a social worker and former stand-up comic, and JoAnn, a cooking instructor and weaver. Cook attended school at Clara Barton Open, Laurel Springs School and Minneapolis South High School. She began working as a print model at the age of 10, most notably in nationwide advertisements for Target and appearing on the boxes of Milk-Bone dog biscuits.

Career

At the age of 14, Cook began auditioning for acting work. Her modeling agency sent her to read for a short film, 26 Summer Street (1996). She first gained national attention in 1998, when she was featured in a This Is Your Brain on Drugs public-service television advertisement, in which she proceeds to destroy a kitchen with a frying pan as she lists the things that heroin harms. Cook made her debut as an actress in the 1995 film The Baby-Sitters Club, which was based on Ann M. Martin's book series of the same name. Her second movie role was in Tom and Huck, where she portrayed Rebecca "Becky" Thatcher. In 1997, Cook appeared in a leading role in the film Country Justice as a 15-year-old rape victim who is impregnated by her rapist.

Cook's two highest-profile lead roles to date have been in the films She's All That (1999) and Josie and the Pussycats (2001). Cook has also appeared in a number of independent films and in the 2005 television miniseries Into the West.

In 2000, she was the cover girl for the premier issue of FHM US (March/April issue). Cook also provided the voice for Chelsea Cunningham on the Kids' WB animated series Batman Beyond in the episode "Last Resort" and in the animated film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. In 2002, she was ranked #26 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World".

Cook has provided the voice of Tifa Lockhart in the video games Kingdom Hearts II and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, as well as the CG movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. She also starred in the video for New Found Glory's 2000 single "Dressed to Kill". Cook's latest voice-over role is for the video game Yakuza where she voices the role of Reina, a beautiful barkeep. She has also appeared in Daniel Powter's "Love You Lately".

Cook owns her own production company, Ben's Sister Productions (in reference to her younger brother, an aspiring filmmaker). Cook eventually stepped away from the spotlight to focus on spending time with friends and family. She later returned to mainstream films when she signed on to a new casting agency. Cook was later cast in a role in the big screen adaptation of Nancy Drew, the female lead in the independent sports drama The Final Season, and playing a small supporting lead in Blonde Ambition.

In 2008 she guest-starred in a episode of the USA Network series Psych as Abigail Lytar, an old flame of Shawn Spencer. She returned in the season finale where Abigail and Shawn start dating and has since appeared in many more episodes in the following season.

In February 2010 Rachael Leigh Cook signed on as the female lead in Fox's comedy pilot Nirvana. [1]

Personal life

Cook at Drexel University for the Barack Obama campaign.

Cook has dated actors Ben Foster, Vincent Kartheiser, Ryan Reynolds, Shane West, Rider Strong, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Colin Hanks. In 2004 she married actor Daniel Gillies. Cook, a vegetarian,[2] lives mostly in Los Angeles with her three dogs, but frequently goes back to visit her family in Minnesota. Cook stated she is strongly thinking about adopting a child from a poor country.[3]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Mary Anne Spier
Tom and Huck Rebecca "Becky" Thatcher
1996 Carpool Kayla
26 Summer Street The Girl
1997 True Women Young Georgia Lawshe
The House of Yes Young Jacqueline "Jackie-O" minor role
Country Justice Emma
The Defenders: Payback Tracey Lane made-for-television
1998 The Eighteenth Angel Lucy Stanton direct-to-video
The Outer Limits Cassie Boussard Season 4, Episode 9, "Glyphic"
The Hairy Bird Abigail 'Abby' Sawyer
The Naked Man Delores
Living Out Loud Young Judith
1999 The Bumblebee Flies Anyway Cassie made-for-television
The Hi-Line Vera Johnson direct-to-video
She's All That Laney Boggs
Dawson's Creek Devon guest role (Season 2, Episode 13)
2000 Get Carter Doreen
Sally Beth
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Chelsea Cunningham voice
2001 Texas Rangers Caroline Dukes
Josie and the Pussycats Josie McCoy
Blow Dry Christina Robertson
AntiTrust Lisa Calighan
2002 29 Palms The Waitress direct-to-video
Tangled Jenny Kelley
2003 11:14 Cheri
Bookies Hunter
Scorched Shmally limited release
The Big Empty Ruthie
Tempo Jenny Travile direct-to-video
2004 Stateside Dori Lawrence
My First Wedding Vanessa
American Crime Jesse St. Claire
2005 Into the West Clara Wheeler miniseries
Las Vegas Penny Posin
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Tifa Lockhart voice (English dub)
2007 The Final Season Polly Hudson
Matters of Life and Death Emily Jennings
Blonde Ambition Haley
Nancy Drew Jane Brighton
All Hat Chrissie
2008 Psych Abigail Lytar Episode Murder? ... Anyone? ... Anyone? ... Bueller? (3.02)
Ghost Whisperer Grace Adams Season 4, Episode 2
The Golden Door Caitlin O' Shea
Fairy Tale Police Officer Duffy Xbox live
2009 The Lodger Amanda
Bob Funk Ms. Thorne
Psych Abigail Lytar Episodes An Evening With Mr. Yang (3.16), He Dead (4.02), and Bollywood Homicide (4.06)
PoliWood Herself Documentary
2010 Kerosene Cowboys Karen Brooks post-production
Broken Kingdom Marilyn filming
Psych Abigail Lytar Episodes You Can't Handle This Episode (4.10) and Mr. Yin Presents (4.16)

Robot Chicken

Cook has appeared in numerous episodes of the Seth Green-created comedies, Titan Maximum and Robot Chicken. Although Robot Chicken featured an episode that parodied Final Fantasy VII which involved Tifa Lockhart (a character Cook voiced in Advent Children), in this parody there were no voices, but simply text like in the original game. She has, however, parodied the "This Is Your Brain on Drugs" role she made famous, by proceeding to attack her neighborhood with her frying pan.

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