Born In: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Rachael Leigh Cook is an American actress, producer, voice artist, and model. She is best known for her role in films like ‘She’s All That’, ‘Josie and the Pussycats’, and TV series ‘Into the West’. Cook began her career at the age of ten when she was seen on Milk-Bone dog biscuits’ boxes and Target advertisements as a child model nationwide in the USA. She also appeared in an anti-drug TV campaign to raise awareness about the hazardous effects of heroin. Her first film was ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ which released in 1995. A few years later, in 1999, she was seen opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. in the iconic movie ‘She’s All That’. She has also appeared in the TV series ‘Into the West’ for which she won an award. In 2000, she appeared in the US issue of FHM as the cover girl. In addition to this, she has also appeared in the ‘Sexiest Women in the World’ list. Apart from acting and modelling, she has also been actively involved in social service. In 2012, Cook started awarding scholarships to students to help them with their classes and fees.
Spouse/Ex-: Daniel Gillies (m. 2004)
father: Thomas H. Cook
mother: Joann Cook
siblings: Ben Cook
children: Charlotte Easton Gillies, Theodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Italian American
City: Minneapolis, Minnesota
U.S. State: Minnesota
Rachael Leigh Cook was born on October 4, 1979, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Thomas H. Cook, a social worker and former stand-up comedian, and Joann, a cooking instructor and weaver.
Rachael Leigh Cook began auditioning for acting work when she was 14. Clearing the auditions, she made her debut in the 1995 film ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’. The movie was based on Ann M. Martin’s book series by same name.
After the box office failure, Cook decided to focus her attention only on independent films. Due to her decision, she was often nicknamed the next ‘Indie Queen’ after actress Parker Posey.
Apart from acting, Cook has also been a model and has appeared on the covers of many magazines. In 2000, she appeared in the US issue of FHM in the March/April issue. The same year, she starred in music videos for New Found Glory’s single ‘Dressed to Kill’, and singer Daniel Powter’s ‘Love You Lately’.
She provided her voice for Chelsea Cunningham in the animated series ‘Batman Beyond’ for the episode ‘Last Resort’, and also in another animated film ‘Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker’. In 2005, she was featured in the television miniseries ‘Into the West’ which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks.
Rachael Leigh Cook is also the owner of her own production company, Ben’s Sister Productions which is in reference to her younger brother, Ben Cook.
In 2017, she appeared in the TV movie ‘Summer in the Vineyard.’ She also starred in ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream,’ which earned positive reviews.
Rachael Leigh Cook’s career has covered several genres of the entertainment industry. She has appeared in movies, TV series, advertisements, video games, music videos, and has also done modelling. But the most popular movie of her career has to be ‘She’s All That’ which was a teen romantic comedy movie. It was one of the most popular teen films of the 1990s, and had reached number one position at the box office in just one week of its release.
In August 2004, Rachael Leigh Cook married actor Daniel Gillies. Together they have two children: a daughter Charlotte Easton Gillies who was born in September 2013, and son Theodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies who was born in April 2015.
Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies parted ways in 2021.