Rachael Leigh Cook - Biography
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.
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.
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
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.
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, 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. On December 12th, Cook announced via her Facebook
page that she was pregnant, announcing that she was "going to be a mother"
and is "so happy"
Rachael Leigh Cook - Personal Quotes
"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
"I would love to work with Rosario Dawson & Tara Reid again. We were
a team on the set of Josie and the Pussycats (2001), our chemistry
was great from the first day of filming & you don't really expect
that when you work with new people. I still call them everyday, like
sisters to me!"
"My height was never a factor."
"When I came into the business, things changed a lot, and my life
was in a real state of flux."
"Hours fly by while I'll just be in my apartment, and somehow it
will be messy later. I'll clean it up and eat cereal and watch Ricki
Lake and call friends I haven't talked to."
"Sometimes I'm just a disaster! Other times it seems like I'm one of
the most normal people I know."
"Acting just sort of happened and I found that I loved it. It was
such a challenge."
"You wouldn't recognize me from one project to the next."
On Josie & the pussycats; "I guess I've done one other movie with a
group of girls (Strike), but we weren't as close."
On Josie and the pussycats; "I'm learning to play guitar. It's very
difficult, but I'm determined to do it right so I don't make anybody
"I always say that even if this were the worst movie in the world,
I'd do it again because it was such a good time."
"Once I tried highlighting my brother's hair, but I think I mixed it
wrong. It was as if someone poured kerosene on his head."
"You know, we have to take these characters who, granted, have their
separate personalities but, on a lot of levels, are pretty
two-dimensional and make them into people with flaws, with
Rachael Leigh Cook - Filmography
Kerosene Cowboys (2010) ....
The Family Tree (2010) .... Rachel
Broken Kingdom (2010) .... Marilyn
"Psych" .... Abigail Lytar (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
- You Can't Handle This Episode (2010) TV episode .... Abigail Lytar
- Bollywood Homicide (2009) TV episode .... Abigail Lytar
- He Dead (2009) TV episode .... Abigail Lytar
- An Evening with Mr. Yang (2009) TV episode .... Abigail Lytar
- Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller? (2008) TV episode ....
"Titan Maximum" .... Lt. Jodi Yanarella / ... (9 episodes, 2009)
- One Billion Dead Grandparents (2009) TV episode (voice) .... Lt.
- Mercury Falling (2009) TV episode (voice) .... Jodi Yanarella
- Megamum Overdrive (2009) TV episode (voice) .... Jodi Yanarella
- Dirty Lansbury (2009) TV episode (voice) .... Jodi Yanarella
- To Eris, Human (2009) TV episode (voice) .... Lt. Jodi Yanarella
Falling Up (2009) .... Caitlin O' Shea
... aka The Golden Door (Australia: DVD title)
"Robot Chicken" .... Evil-Lyn / ... (6 episodes, 2006-2009)
- Due to Constraints of Time and Budget (2009) TV episode (voice)
.... Timmy's Mom/Chelsie's Mom/Ex-Girlfriend
- I'm Trapped (2008) TV episode (voice) .... Evil-Lyn / Christmas
Jones / Various
- President Evil (2008) TV episode (voice) .... Girl/Rosa's Mother
- Shoe (2007) TV episode (voice) .... Evil-Lyn / Princess Zelda
- Lust for Puppets (2006) TV episode (voice) .... Frankenstein's
Bob Funk (2009) .... Ms. Thorne
The Lodger (2009) .... Amanda
Fairy Tale Police (2008) .... Officer Duffy
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II (2008) (TV) (voice) .... Mon
Mothma / Sally Johnson / Gary's Wife
"Ghost Whisperer" .... Grace Adams (1 episode, 2008)
- Big Chills (2008) TV episode .... Grace Adams
Blonde Ambition (2007) .... Haley
The Final Season (2007) .... Polly Hudson
Matters of Life and Death (2007) .... Emily Jennings
All Hat (2007) .... Chrissie
Nancy Drew (2007) .... Jane Brighton
Descent (2007) (uncredited) .... Allison
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (2007) (VG) (voice: English version)
.... Tifa Lockhart
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006) (VG) (voice: English
version) .... Tifa Lockhart
Kingdom Hearts II (2005) (VG) (voice: English version) .... Tifa
... aka Kingudamu h‚tsu II (Japan)
RyŻ ga gotoku (2005) (VG) (voice: English version) .... Reina
... aka Yakuza (USA)
"Las Vegas" .... Penny Posin (5 episodes, 2005)
- 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
- 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" .... Clara Wheeler (2 episodes, 2005)
- Casualties of War (2005) TV episode .... Clara Wheeler
- Hell on Wheels (2005) TV episode .... Clara Wheeler
American Crime (2004) (V) .... Jesse St. Claire
Stateside (2004) .... Dori Lawrence
... aka Sinners (Germany)
Fearless (2004) (TV) .... Gaia Moore
My First Wedding (2004) .... Vanessa
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
... aka Josie et les Pussycats (Canada: French title)
Blow Dry (2001) .... Christina Robertson
... aka ‹ber kurz oder lang (Germany)
Antitrust (2001) .... Lisa Calighan
... aka Conspiracy.com (Europe: English title)
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) (V) (voice) (as Rachel
Leigh Cook) .... Chelsea Cunninham
... aka Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker (Europe: English
title: cut version)
... aka Batman of the Future: Return on the Joker (UK: TV title)
... aka Return of the Joker (USA: informal English title)
Get Carter (2000) .... Doreen
Sally (2000) .... Beth
"Batman Beyond" .... Chelsea / ... (2 episodes, 2000)
... aka Batman of the Future (Europe: English title) (UK)
- Plague (2000) TV episode (voice) (as Rachel Leigh Cook) ....
- The Last Resort (2000) TV episode (voice) .... Chelsea Cunningham
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999) .... Cassie
"Dawson's Creek" .... Devon (3 episodes, 1999)
- 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
... aka All I Wanna Do (USA: new title)
... aka College femminile (Italy)
... aka Les filles font la loi (Canada: French title)
"The Outer Limits" .... Cassie Boussard (1 episode, 1998)
... 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
"WOAK Live" (1 episode)
- Rachael Leigh Cook visits WOAK (????) TV episode
Rachael Leigh Cook - Related Links
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