Rachael Leigh Cook
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|Rachael Leigh Cook|
Cook at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Rachael Leigh Cook
October 4, 1979
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Daniel Gillies (m. 2004)|
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 
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 has Italian ancestry. 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.
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 read for 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 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. Cook was 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 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 as the female lead in Fox TV's comedy pilot Nirvana. She will star in the Western horror film Vampire, which is the English-language feature debut of Japanese director Iwai Shunji.
In 2011, she voiced the character of Jaesa Willsaam in the MMO game, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
In 2012, Cook signed on as 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 
In 2011, she was selected by the Obama administration as a Champion of Change for Arts Education. 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.
Personal life 
Cook has been married to actor Daniel Gillies since 2004. She is currently expecting the couple's first child, due in fall 2013. Cook, a vegetarian, lives mostly in Los Angeles with their three dogs, but frequently goes back to visit her family in Minnesota. Cook stated she is strongly considering adopting a child from a developing country.
|1995||The Baby-Sitters Club||Mary Anne Spier|
|1995||Tom and Huck||Becky Thatcher|
|1996||26 Summer Street||The Girl||Short film|
|1997||The House of Yes||Young "Jackie-O"|
|1998||The Eighteenth Angel||Lucy Stanton|
|1998||The Hairy Bird||Abigail "Abby" Sawyer||AKA All I Wanna Do, AKA Strike!|
|1998||The Naked Man||Dolores|
|1998||Living Out Loud||Teenage Judith|
|1999||She's All That||Laney Boggs|
|1999||The Bumblebee Flies Anyway||Cassie|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||Chelsea Cunningham (voice)||Video|
|2001||Blow Dry||Christina Robertson|
|2001||Josie and the Pussycats||Josie McCoy|
|2001||Texas Rangers||Caroline Dukes|
|2001||Tangled||Jenny Kelley||Also producer|
|2002||29 Palms||The Waitress|
|2003||The Big Empty||Ruthie|
|2004||American Crime||Jesse St. Claire||Video|
|2005||Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children||Tifa Lockhart (voice)|
|2006||My First Wedding||Vanessa|
|2007||Nancy Drew||Jane Brighton|
|2007||Matters of Life and Death||Emily Jennings||Short film|
|2007||The Final Season||Polly Hudson|
|2008||Fairy Tale Police||Officer Duffy||Short film|
|2009||Bob Funk||Ms. Thorne|
|2009||Falling Up||Caitlin O'Shea|
|2011||The Family Tree||Rachel Levy|
|2012||First Kiss||Samantha||Short film|
|2012||Queen of Etsy||Ellie Harper||Short film|
|2012||Broken Kingdom||Marilyn||Also executive producer|
|????||High Midnight||Francie||In production|
|1997||Country Justice||Emma Baker||TV film|
|1997||True Women||Young Georgia Lawshe||TV film|
|1997||The Defenders: Payback||Tracey Lane||TV film|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Cassie Boussard||Episode: "Glyphic"|
|1999||Dawson's Creek||Devon||Episodes: "His Leading Lady", "Psychic Friends", "A Perfect Wedding"|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Chelsea (voice)||Episodes: "The Last Resort", "Plague"|
|2004||Fearless||Gaia Moore||TV pilot|
|2005||Into the West||Clara Wheeler||TV miniseries|
|2005||Las Vegas||Penny Posin||Recurring role (five episodes)|
|2005–2012||Robot Chicken||Various (voice)||Ten episodes|
|2008||Ghost Whisperer||Grace Adams||Episode: "Big Chills"|
|2008||Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II||Various (voice)||TV film|
|2008–2010||Psych||Abigail Lytar||Recurring role (six episodes)|
|2009||Titan Maximum||Lt. Jodi Yanarella (voice)||Recurring role (nine episodes)|
|2010||Nevermind Nirvana||Elizabeth||TV film|
|2010||Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III||Beru Lars / Gary's Wife (voice)||TV film|
|2011||Stealing Paradise||Amanda Collier||TV film|
|2012–2013||Perception||Kate Moretti||Lead role (10 episodes to date)|
|2012||Left to Die||Tammi Chase||TV film|
Video games 
|2005||Kingdom Hearts||Tifa Lockhart (voice)|
|2006||Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII||Tifa Lockhart (voice)|
|2007||Kingdom Hearts II||Tifa Lockhart (voice)|
|2011||Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy||Tifa Lockhart (voice)|
|2011||Star Wars: The Old Republic||Jaesa Willsaam (voice)|
- "Rachael Leigh Cook Lands Lead in Fox's Nirvana". TVGuide.com.
- "Western Actors to Meet Eastern Filmmaking Sensibilities in Vampire". Dread Central.
- "WhiteHouse.gov: Champions of Change: Arts Education".
- "'Saving Hope' star Daniel Gillies on wife Rachael Leigh Cook: 'We're like beauty and the beast'". June 28, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "Rachael Leigh Cook Pregnant With First Child!". May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- Fandango Summer Movies – Movie Tickets and Theatre Showtimes
- "Cook eyes adoption". Retrieved 1 August 2009.
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