Rachael Leigh Cook

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Rachael Leigh Cook
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Rachael Leigh Cook at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
Born (1979-10-04) October 4, 1979 (age 39)
Other namesRachel Leigh Cook
Education Minneapolis South High School
OccupationActress, Model, Voice Artist, Producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)
Daniel Gillies (m. 2004)
Children2

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 Final Fantasy series, starting with the English version of the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children .

Model (person) person employed to display, advertise and promote products, or to serve as a visual aid

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products, or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.

A film producer is a person who oversees film production. Either employed by a production company or working independently, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting the script; coordinating writing, directing, and editing; and arranging financing.

<i>Shes All That</i> 1999 film by Robert Iscove

She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Paul Walker and Matthew Lillard. It is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion and George Cukor's 1964 film My Fair Lady. It was one of the most popular teen films of the late 1990s and reached No. 1 at the box office in its first week of release.

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Early life

Rachael Leigh 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. [1] She is of part Italian descent. 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.

Minneapolis Largest city in Minnesota

Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2017, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 45th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 422,331. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which altogether contain about 3.6 million people, and is the third-largest economic center in the Midwest.

Minnesota State of the United States of America

Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has a large number of lakes, and is known by the slogan the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord.

Weaving technology for the production of textiles

Weaving is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. Other methods are knitting, crocheting, felting, and braiding or plaiting. The longitudinal threads are called the warp and the lateral threads are the weft or filling. The method in which these threads are inter-woven affects the characteristics of the cloth. Cloth is usually woven on a loom, a device that holds the warp threads in place while filling threads are woven through them. A fabric band which meets this definition of cloth can also be made using other methods, including tablet weaving, back strap loom, or other techniques without looms.

Career

Acting and modeling

Cook began auditioning for acting work at the age of 14. [1] She made her debut as an actress in the 1995 film The Baby-Sitters Club . In 1996, her modeling agency sent her to star 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.

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26 Summer Street is a 1996 short film directed by Steve Larson, conceived and written by Peter Syvertsen, starring Syvertsen and Rachael Leigh Cook. It is based upon the short story The Girl with a Pimply Face by William Carlos Williams.

Country Justice is a 1997 American made for TV crime drama film.

In 1999, Cook starred in her breakout role in the sleeper hit film She's All That , a romantic comedy that so far is the most financially successful film of 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.

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A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

In 2007 Cook was seen in the big screen adaptation of Nancy Drew . She played the female lead in the independent sports drama The Final Season . She has appeared in numerous episodes of the Seth Green comedies Titan Maximum and Robot Chicken . In 2008, she guest-starred in an episode of the USA Network series Psych as Abigail Lytar. She reprised the role in the following season.

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<i>The Final Season</i> 2007 film by David M. Evans

The Final Season is a 2007 baseball film starring Sean Astin, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tom Arnold, Powers Boothe, Brett Claywell, Michael Angarano, and Marshall Bell and directed by David Mickey Evans. The film wrapped production in 2006 in Shellsburg, Iowa, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was released in the United States and Canada on October 12, 2007, by Yari Film Group.

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In February 2010, Cook signed on to play the female lead role in Fox TV's comedy pilot Nirvana. [2] She had a role in the Western horror film Vampire , the English-language feature debut of Japanese director Iwai Shunji. [3] 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. She also appeared in a Funny or Die sketch with Chad Michael Murray. [4] [5] [6] [4]

Cook starred in the Hallmark Channel original film Summer Love in 2016. [7] In the same year, she starred in another Hallmark film, Autumn In the Vineyard , followed by its sequel Summer in the Vineyard in 2017. [8] 2017 also saw Cook develop, star and executive produce the Hallmark Channel film Frozen in Love , which was broadcast in January 2018 as part of the channel's 'Winterfest' season of programming. [9] [10]

Cook owns her own production company, Ben's Sister Productions (in reference to her younger brother Ben Cook, an aspiring filmmaker).

Voice roles

Cook provided the voice for Chelsea Cunningham on the Kids' WB animated series Batman Beyond 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 . In 2011, she voiced the character of Jaesa Willsaam in the MMO game, Star Wars: The Old Republic . Cook's latest voice-over role is for the video game Yakuza in which she voices the role of Reina.

Public service

Cook first gained national attention in 1997, 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 2011, she was selected by the Obama administration as a Champion of Change for Arts Education. [11]

In June 2012, she began to award a small scholarship to students between ages 14 and 19. The scholarship helps pay for career classes, mentoring programs, and other school fees. [1]

In 2017, Rachael Leigh Cook reprised her "This Is Your Brain on Drugs" role twenty years later for a PSA by the Drug Policy Alliance critiquing the War on Drugs and its contribution to mass incarceration, structural racism and poverty. The ad was posted to YouTube on April 20, 2017 in recognition of 4/20. [12]

Personal life

Cook married actor Daniel Gillies in August 2004, [13] whom she dated since 2001. [14] They have two children: daughter Charlotte Easton Gillies (born September 2013) [15] [16] and son Theodore Vigo Gillies (born April 2015). [17]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Mary Anne Spier
1995 Tom and Huck Becky Thatcher
1996 26 Summer Street The GirlShort film
1996 Carpool Kayla
1997 The House of Yes Young 'Jackie-O'
1997 The Eighteenth Angel Lucy Stanton
1998 All I Wanna Do Abigail 'Abby' Sawyer
1998 The Naked Man Dolores
1998 Living Out Loud Teenage Judith Moore
1999 The Hi-Line Vera Johnson
1999 She's All That Laney Boggs
1999 The Bumblebee Flies Anyway Cassie
2000 Sally Beth
2000 Get Carter Doreen Carter
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Chelsea Cunningham (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2001 Antitrust Lisa Calighan
2001 Blow Dry Christina Robertson
2001 Texas Rangers Caroline Dukes
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Josie McCoy
2001 Tangled Jenny Kelley
2002 29 Palms The Waitress
2003 Bookies Hunter
2003 Scorched Shmally
2003 The Big Empty Ruthie
2003 11:14 Cheri
2003 Tempo Jenny Travile
2004 Stateside Dori Lawrence
2004 American Crime Jesse St. ClaireDirect-to-DVD
2005 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Tifa Lockhart (voice)
2006 My First Wedding VanessaDirect-to-VOD
2007 Descent AllisonDirect-to-VOD
2007 All Hat Chrissie NugentDirect-to-VOD
2007 Nancy Drew Jane Brighton
2007Matters of Life and DeathEmily JenningsShort film
2007 The Final Season Polly HudsonDirect-to-VOD
2007 Blonde Ambition HaleyDirect-to-VOD
2008Fairy Tale PoliceOfficer DuffyShort film
2009 The Lodger Amanda ManningDirect-to-VOD
2009Bob FunkMs. ThorneDirect-to-DVD
2009 Falling Up Caitlin O'SheaDirect-to-DVD
2011 Vampire Laura KingDirect-to-VOD
2011 The Family Tree Rachel LevyDirect-to-VOD
2012Broken KingdomMarilynDirect-to-DVD
2012First KissSamanthaShort film
2014 Red Sky Karen BrooksDirect-to-DVD
2017A Midsummer Night's DreamHermia [18] [19]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997 Country Justice Emma BakerTelevision film
1997 True Women Young Georgia LawsheMiniseries
1997The Defenders: PaybackTracey LaneTelevision film
1998 The Outer Limits Cassie BoussardEpisode: "Glyphic"
1999 Dawson's Creek Devon3 episodes
2000 Batman Beyond Chelsea Cunningham (voice)2 episodes
2004 Fearless Gaia MoorePilot
2005 Into the West Clara WheelerMiniseries
2005 Las Vegas Penny PosinRecurring role
2006–2018 Robot Chicken Various (voices)Recurring role
2008 Ghost Whisperer Grace AdamsEpisode: "Big Chills"
2008–2010 Psych Abigail LytarRecurring role
2009 Titan Maximum Lt. Jodi Yanarella (voice)Main role
2010Nevermind NirvanaElizabethTelevision film
2011Stealing ParadiseAmanda CollierTelevision film
2012Left to DieTammi ChaseTelevision film
2012–2015 Perception Kate MorettiMain role
2013 Team Unicorn Rachael Leigh CookEpisode: "The UniCorps Wants You!"
2014A Christmas TailN/ATelevision film
2016Summer LoveMaya SulliwayTelevision film
2016Autumn in the Vineyard Frankie BaldwinTelevision film
2017Summer in the Vineyard Television film
2018 Frozen in Love Mary CampbellTelevision film
2019 Valentine in the Vineyard Frankie BaldwinTelevision film
2019 Criminal Minds MaxRecurring role

Music videos

YearTitleArtist
1999"Kiss Me" Sixpence None The Richer
2001"Dressed to Kill" New Found Glory
2006"Love You Lately" Daniel Powter
2017"Young Dumb & Broke" Khalid

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005 Yakuza Reina
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Tifa Lockhart
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Jaesa Willsaam
2013Star Wars: The Old Republic - Rise of the Hutt Cartel
2014Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan
2016 Final Fantasy Explorers Tifa LockhartArchive Audio
2016 World of Final Fantasy
2018 Mobius Final Fantasy Archive Audio

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1997 YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film Tom and Huck Nominated
1999 YoungStar Awards She's All That Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Female PerformanceNominated
Best On-Screen Duo (Shared with: Freddie Prinze Jr.)
Teen Choice Awards Film - Sexiest Love Scene (Shared with: Freddie Prinze Jr.)Won
TV - Breakout Performance Dawson's Creek Nominated
2000 Santa Monica Film Festival Best Actress The Hi-Line Won
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Couple (Shared with: Freddie Prinze Jr.)She's All That
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress - Newcomer (Internet Only)
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Best Actress Sally
2001 Young Hollywood Awards Superstar of Tomorrow - Female
Teen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice Actress Josie and the Pussycats Nominated
2006Western Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature Film (Shared with cast) Into the West Won

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