Rachael Leigh Cook is one among the many multi-talented Hollywood stars. The actress who is best known for her role as Laney Boggs in the 1999 teen romantic comedy She’s All That and as Josie McCoy (Pussycats’ lead singer, main songwriter and guitarist) in Canadian-American 2001 musical comedy film Josie and the Pussycats, is also a producer, voice artist, and model.
Cook voiced several characters in the comedy series Robot Chicken and was the voice of Tifa Lockhart in the Final Fantasy series. Here is all you should know about this elegant woman including her biography, personal life and celebrity facts.
Rachael Leigh Cook – Biography
Cook was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the 4th of October 1979 to a cooking instructor and weaver named Jo Ann and her husband Thomas H. Cook, who is a social worker and former stand-up comedian. She attended Clara Barton Open School, Laurel Springs School, and then Minneapolis South High School.
Rachael Leigh began appearing on the big screens quite early. At the age of seven, she was featured in a public service announcement for foster care; at age ten, she started working as a child print model, appearing on advertisements for Target and on the boxes of Milk-Bone dog biscuits. At the age of fourteen, she began auditioning for acting roles and at the age of sixteen, Cook landed her first role as Mary Anne Spier in a 1995 comedy-drama The Baby-Sitters Club.
In 1996, through the help of her modelling agency, she starred in 26 Summer Street – a short film directed by Steve Larson. The following year, she starred as a fifteen-year-old rape victim who is impregnated by her rapist in the made for TV crime drama film Country Justice. In 1999, Rachael Leigh Cook recorded a major breakthrough in her career after playing Laney Boggs in the teen romantic comedy She’s All That. The sleeper hit film has so far remained Leigh’s most financially successful film in her career.
In the year 2000, she starred alongside Elijah Wood in the movie adaptation of Robert Cormier’s novel The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. The next year, she was in Josie and the Pussycats as Josie McCoy; later that year, she appeared on the cover of the US issue (March/April issue) of men lifestyle magazine FHM. She also stared in the music video for New Found Glory’s Dressed to Kill and on Love You Lately by Daniel Powter.
In 2002, she was featured on Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World list, coming in at number twenty-six. By the next year, she was on 11:14, playing Cheri. She was also the main cast member in 2005 TV miniseries Into the West. Rachael Leigh Cook has starred in several other films and TV series such as Tom and Huck, The House of Yes, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Matters of Life and Death, Blonde Ambition, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, True Woman, Ghost Whisperer, Autumn in the Vineyard, Frozen Love, etc.
Cook is also a voice artist and has voiced several characters in the comedy series Robot Chicken; she was the voice of Tifa Lockhart in the Final Fantasy series and Chelsea Cunningham in WB animated series Batman Beyond as well as in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. She was also the voice of Jaesa Willsaam in the MMO game, Star Wars: The Old Republic. Her latest voice acting was as Reina in the video game Yakuza.
Her net worth is currently estimated at $5 million. Her earnings are from her career as an actress, a producer, voice artist, and model. Cook owns her own production company named Ben’s Sister Productions; she named the company after her younger brother Ben Cook, who is an aspiring filmmaker.
Her Husband And Kids
The beautiful actress is happily married to actor Daniel Gillies. The couple has been married since 2004; they tied the knot in August of that year after dating for three years. Together, they have two adorable kids – Charlotte Easton Gillies (daughter) born in September 2013 and Theodore Vigo Gillies (son) born in April 2015.
The actress who has Italian roots gained national attention in 1997 after she appeared on PSA TV commercial – This Is Your Brain on Drugs. In the advert, Cook destroyed a kitchen with a frying pan as she mentions the most important things in life that heroin destroys.
She was selected by the Obama administration in 2011 as a Champion of Change for Arts Education, the next year, she began awarding a small scholarship to students who are between the ages of 14 and 19, to help them pay for mentoring programs, career classes, and other school fees.