Rachael Leigh Cook
Rachael Leigh Cook at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
|Other names||Rachel Leigh Cook|
|Education||Minneapolis South High School|
|Occupation||Actress, Model, Voice Artist, Producer|
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 Final Fantasy series, starting with the English version of the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children .
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.
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.
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.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 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 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 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.
Cook began auditioning for acting work at the age of 14.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.
The Baby-Sitters Club is a 1995 American comedy-drama film directed by Melanie Mayron, in her feature film directorial debut. It is based on Ann M. Martin’s novel series of the same name and is about one summer in the girls' lives in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. The film was shot in the California cities of Los Angeles, Altadena, and Santa Clarita.
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.
Sleeper hit is a term used in the entertainment industry for a film that plays successfully for a long period and becomes a big success, despite having relatively little promotion or lacking a successful opening. It is also used in a similar sense for music releases and video games.
Romantic comedy is a genre with light-hearted, humorous plotlines centered on romantic ideas, such as how true love is able to surmount most obstacles. One dictionary definition is "a funny movie, play, or television program about a love story that ends happily". Another definition suggests that its "primary distinguishing feature is a love plot in which two sympathetic and well-matched lovers are united or reconciled".
Elijah Jordan Wood is an American actor, film producer, and DJ. He is known for portraying Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003).
In 2000, she was the cover girl for the 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 No. 26 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World". In 2003, she starred in the film 11:14 as Cheri. She also appeared as a main cast member in the 2005 television miniseries Into the West produced by Steven Spielberg.
A cover girl is a woman whose photograph features on the front cover of a magazine. She may be a model, celebrity or entertainer. The term would generally not be used to describe a casual, once-off appearance by a person on the cover of a magazine. The term first appeared in English about 1899. A less-commonly used term is cover boy.
FHM is a men's lifestyle magazine published in several international territories. Its defunct master edition contained features such as the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World, which has featured models, TV presenters, reality stars and singers.
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.
Nancy Drew is a 2007 American mystery comedy film loosely based on the popular series of mystery novels about the titular teen detective. It stars Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, with Josh Flitter and Max Thieriot. Set in Los Angeles, it was directed by Andrew Fleming.
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.
Seth Benjamin Green is an American actor, voice artist, producer, writer and director. He is best known as the co-creator, executive producer and most frequent voice on Adult Swim's Robot Chicken and has also directed the Robot ChickenStar Wars and DC Comics specials. He has appeared in the films Radio Days, My Stepmother Is an Alien, Airborne, the Austin Powers series, Can't Hardly Wait, The Italian Job, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Batman Movie. He is also known for his roles as Daniel "Oz" Osbourne on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chris Griffin on Fox's Family Guy and Jeff "Joker" Moreau in the Mass Effect video games.
In February 2010, Cook signed on to play the female lead role in Fox TV's comedy pilot Nirvana.She had a role in the Western horror film Vampire , the English-language feature debut of Japanese director Iwai Shunji. 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.
Cook starred in the Hallmark Channel original film Summer Love in 2016.In the same year, she starred in another Hallmark film, Autumn In the Vineyard , followed by its sequel Summer in the Vineyard in 2017. 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.
Cook owns her own production company, Ben's Sister Productions (in reference to her younger brother Ben Cook, an aspiring filmmaker).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cook married actor Daniel Gillies in August 2004,whom she dated since 2001. They have two children: daughter Charlotte Easton Gillies (born September 2013) and son Theodore Vigo Gillies (born April 2015).
|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'|
|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||Get Carter||Doreen Carter|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||Chelsea Cunningham (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2001||Blow Dry||Christina Robertson|
|2001||Texas Rangers||Caroline Dukes|
|2001||Josie and the Pussycats||Josie McCoy|
|2002||29 Palms||The Waitress|
|2003||The Big Empty||Ruthie|
|2004||American Crime||Jesse St. Claire||Direct-to-DVD|
|2005||Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children||Tifa Lockhart (voice)|
|2006||My First Wedding||Vanessa||Direct-to-VOD|
|2007||All Hat||Chrissie Nugent||Direct-to-VOD|
|2007||Nancy Drew||Jane Brighton|
|2007||Matters of Life and Death||Emily Jennings||Short film|
|2007||The Final Season||Polly Hudson||Direct-to-VOD|
|2008||Fairy Tale Police||Officer Duffy||Short film|
|2009||The Lodger||Amanda Manning||Direct-to-VOD|
|2009||Bob Funk||Ms. Thorne||Direct-to-DVD|
|2009||Falling Up||Caitlin O'Shea||Direct-to-DVD|
|2011||The Family Tree||Rachel Levy||Direct-to-VOD|
|2012||First Kiss||Samantha||Short film|
|2014||Red Sky||Karen Brooks||Direct-to-DVD|
|2017||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Hermia|
|1997||Country Justice||Emma Baker||Television film|
|1997||True Women||Young Georgia Lawshe||Miniseries|
|1997||The Defenders: Payback||Tracey Lane||Television film|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Cassie Boussard||Episode: "Glyphic"|
|1999||Dawson's Creek||Devon||3 episodes|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Chelsea Cunningham (voice)||2 episodes|
|2005||Into the West||Clara Wheeler||Miniseries|
|2005||Las Vegas||Penny Posin||Recurring role|
|2006–2018||Robot Chicken||Various (voices)||Recurring role|
|2008||Ghost Whisperer||Grace Adams||Episode: "Big Chills"|
|2008–2010||Psych||Abigail Lytar||Recurring role|
|2009||Titan Maximum||Lt. Jodi Yanarella (voice)||Main role|
|2010||Nevermind Nirvana||Elizabeth||Television film|
|2011||Stealing Paradise||Amanda Collier||Television film|
|2012||Left to Die||Tammi Chase||Television film|
|2012–2015||Perception||Kate Moretti||Main role|
|2013||Team Unicorn||Rachael Leigh Cook||Episode: "The UniCorps Wants You!"|
|2014||A Christmas Tail||N/A||Television film|
|2016||Summer Love||Maya Sulliway||Television film|
|2016||Autumn in the Vineyard||Frankie Baldwin||Television film|
|2017||Summer in the Vineyard||Television film|
|2018||Frozen in Love||Mary Campbell||Television film|
|2019||Valentine in the Vineyard||Frankie Baldwin||Television film|
|2019||Criminal Minds||Max||Recurring role|
|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|
|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|
|2013||Star Wars: The Old Republic - Rise of the Hutt Cartel|
|2014||Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan|
|2016||Final Fantasy Explorers||Tifa Lockhart||Archive Audio|
|2016||World of Final Fantasy|
|2018||Mobius Final Fantasy||Archive Audio|
|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 Performance||Nominated|
|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 Awards||Film - Choice Actress||Josie and the Pussycats||Nominated|
|2006||Western Heritage Awards||Television Feature Film (Shared with cast)||Into the West||Won|
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