Rachael Leigh Cook

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Rachael Leigh Cook
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Born(1979-10-04) October 4, 1979 (age 34)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
EducationMinneapolis South High School
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Gillies (m. 2004)
Children1
 
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Rachael Leigh Cook
RachaelLeighCook07TIFF-2.jpg
Born(1979-10-04) October 4, 1979 (age 34)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
EducationMinneapolis South High School
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Gillies (m. 2004)
Children1

Rachael Leigh Cook (born October 4, 1979) is an American actress, model, voice artist, and producer, who is best known for her starring role in films She's All That (1999), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), and the television series Into the West and Perception, as well as being the voice behind various characters in Robot Chicken and Tifa Lockhart in the English version of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Early life[edit]

Cook was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of JoAnn, a cooking instructor and weaver, and Thomas H. Cook, a social worker and former stand-up comedian. She is of Italian descent.[1][2] Cook first appeared in a public service announcement for foster care at seven years of age, and began working as a child print model at the age of 10, most notably in nationwide advertisements for Target and appearing on the boxes of Milk-Bone dog biscuits. She attended Clara Barton Open School, Laurel Springs School, and Minneapolis South High School.

Career[edit]

Cook began auditioning for acting work at the age of 14.[where?] She made her debut as an actress in the 1995 film The Baby-Sitters Club, based on Ann M. Martin's book series of the same name. Her second movie role was in Tom and Huck, in which she portrayed Rebecca "Becky" Thatcher. In 1996, her modeling agency sent her to start in a short film, 26 Summer Street. 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. She gained national attention in 1998, when she was featured in the famous This Is Your Brain on Drugs PSA television advertisement, in which she proceeds to destroy a kitchen with a frying pan as she lists the important things in life that heroin harms.

In 1999, Cook starred her breakout role in the sleeper hit film She's All That, a romantic comedy that adapted George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and so far the most financially successful film in her career. In 2000 she starred opposite Elijah Wood in the well-received The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. She took the lead role in 2001's Josie and the Pussycats, which turned out to be a box office failure. After that Cook mainly focused her work in independent films, resulting in some nicknaming her the next "Indie Queen" after Parker Posey. She also appeared as a main cast member in the 2005 television miniseries Into the West produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks.

In 2000, she was the cover girl for the premiere US issue of FHM, the March/April issue. She also starred in the music video for New Found Glory's 2000 single "Dressed to Kill" and singer Daniel Powter's "Love You Lately". In 2002, she was ranked #26 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World".

Cook 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. Cook voiced Tifa Lockhart in the video games Kingdom Hearts II, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, as well as the CG movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. Cook's latest voice-over role is for the video game Yakuza in which she voices the role of Reina.

Cook owns her own production company, Ben's Sister Productions (in reference to her younger brother Ben Cook, 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. In 2007 Cook was in the big screen adaptation of Nancy Drew, played the female lead in the independent sports drama The Final Season, and played a supporting role in Blonde Ambition starring Jessica Simpson and Luke Wilson.

She has appeared in numerous episodes of the Seth Green comedies Titan Maximum and Robot Chicken. On the latter she parodied the "This Is Your Brain on Drugs" role she made famous, by destroying everything she encounters with her frying pan.

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

In February 2010, Cook signed on to play the female lead role in Fox TV's comedy pilot Nirvana.[3] She will star in the Western horror film Vampire, which is the English-language feature debut of Japanese director Iwai Shunji.[4]

In 2011, she voiced the character of Jaesa Willsaam in the MMO game, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

In 2012, Cook signed on to play the female lead role in the TNT crime drama series Perception opposite Eric McCormack. She starred in the independent film Broken Kingdom, which was directed by her husband Daniel Gillies and premier on October 2, 2012. She also appeared in a Funny or Die sketch with Chad Michael Murray.

Public service[edit]

In 2011, she was selected by the Obama administration as a Champion of Change for Arts Education.[5] In June 2012, she began to award a small scholarship to those between ages fourteen and nineteen. The scholarship helps pay for career classes, mentoring programs, and other school fees.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Cook married actor Daniel Gillies in August 2004,[6] after less than a year of dating.[7] They have one daughter, Charlotte Easton Gillies, born in September 2013.[8][9]

Cook is a vegetarian.[10] She lives mostly in Los Angeles, but frequently goes back to visit her family in Minnesota.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Baby-Sitters Club, TheThe Baby-Sitters ClubMary Anne Spier
1995Tom and HuckBecky Thatcher
199626 Summer StreetThe GirlShort film
1996CarpoolKayla
1997House of Yes, TheThe House of YesYoung "Jackie-O"
1998Eighteenth Angel, TheThe Eighteenth AngelLucy Stanton
1998Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy BirdAbigail "Abby" SawyerAKA All I Wanna Do, AKA Strike!
1998Naked Man, TheThe Naked ManDolores
1998Living Out LoudTeenage Judith
1999Hi-LineVera Johnson
1999She's All ThatLaney Boggs
1999Bumblebee Flies Anyway, TheThe Bumblebee Flies AnywayCassie
2000SallyBeth
2000Get CarterDoreen
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerChelsea Cunningham (voice)Video
2001AntitrustLisa Calighan
2001Blow DryChristina Robertson
2001Josie and the PussycatsJosie McCoy
2001Texas RangersCaroline Dukes
2001TangledJenny KelleyAlso producer
200229 PalmsThe Waitress
2003BookiesHunter
2003ScorchedShmally
2003Big Empty, TheThe Big EmptyRuthie
200311:14Cheri
2003TempoJenny Travile
2004StatesideDori Lawrence
2004American CrimeJesse St. ClaireVideo
2005Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenTifa Lockhart (voice)
2006My First WeddingVanessa
2007DescentAllison
2007Nancy DrewJane Brighton
2007Matters of Life and DeathEmily JenningsShort film
2007Final Season, TheThe Final SeasonPolly Hudson
2007Blonde AmbitionHaley
2008Fairy Tale PoliceOfficer DuffyShort film
2009Lodger, TheThe LodgerAmanda
2009Bob FunkMs. Thorne
2009Falling UpCaitlin O'Shea
2011VampireLaura King
2011Family Tree, TheThe Family TreeRachel Levy
2012First KissSamanthaShort film
2012Queen of EtsyEllie HarperShort film
2012Broken KingdomMarilynAlso executive producer
2013Red SkyCompleted
TBAHigh MidnightFrancieIn production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Country JusticeEmma BakerTV film
1997True WomenYoung Georgia LawsheTV film
1997Defenders: Payback, TheThe Defenders: PaybackTracey LaneTV film
1998Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsCassie BoussardEpisode: "Glyphic"
1999Dawson's CreekDevonEpisodes: "His Leading Lady", "Psychic Friends"
2000Batman BeyondChelsea (voice)Episodes: "The Last Resort", "Plague"
2004FearlessGaia MooreTV pilot
2005Into the WestClara WheelerTV miniseries
2005Las VegasPenny PosinRecurring role (five episodes)
2005–2012Robot ChickenVarious (voice)Ten episodes
2008Ghost WhispererGrace AdamsEpisode: "Big Chills"
2008Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IIVarious (voice)TV film
2008–2010PsychAbigail LytarRecurring role (six episodes)
2009Titan MaximumLt. Jodi Yanarella (voice)Recurring role (nine episodes)
2010Nevermind NirvanaElizabethTV film
2010Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IIIBeru Lars / Gary's Wife (voice)TV film
2011Stealing ParadiseAmanda CollierTV film
2012–presentPerceptionKate MorettiLead role (34 episodes to date)
2012Left to DieTammi ChaseTV film

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRole
2005YakuzaReina (voice)
2006Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VIITifa Lockhart (voice)
2006Kingdom Hearts IITifa Lockhart (voice)
2011Dissidia 012 Final FantasyTifa Lockhart (voice)
2011Star Wars: The Old RepublicJaesa Willsaam[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "glamour.com". 
  2. ^ "celebritynetworth.com". 
  3. ^ "Rachael Leigh Cook Lands Lead in Fox's Nirvana". TVGuide.com. 
  4. ^ "Western Actors to Meet Eastern Filmmaking Sensibilities in Vampire". Dread Central. 
  5. ^ "WhiteHouse.gov: Champions of Change: Arts Education". 
  6. ^ "Baby on the Way for Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies". People. May 8, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rachael Leigh Cook: I’m Happy We Waited to Have a Baby". People. June 25, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Webber, Stephanie (September 29, 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook, Husband Daniel Gillies Welcome Baby Girl". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Chen, Joyce (October 4, 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook Reveals Baby Name: Charlotte Easton Gillies!". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Fandango Summer Movies – Movie Tickets and Theatre Showtimes
  11. ^ "Cook eyes adoption". Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  12. ^ BioWare (2011-12-20). Star Wars: The Old Republic. Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 9:50 in, English Cast. 

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