Rachael Leigh Cook Biography

Rachael Leigh Cook Biography
Rachael Leigh Cook (born October 4, 1979) is an American actress. Rachael Leigh Cook came to fame after her role in the 1999 teen romantic comedy, She's All That, and has since mostly appeared in lower-profile films.


Rachael was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Thomas H. Cook (a social worker and former stand-up comic) and JoAnne (an Italian American cooking instructor and weaver). She began working as a print model at the age of 10, most notably in nationwide advertisements for Target and appearing on the boxes of Milk-Bone dog biscuits for medium sized dogs.

At the age of fourteen, Rachael began auditioning for acting work. Her modeling agency sent her to read for a short film, 26 Summer Street (1996). Rachael Leigh Cook first gained national attention when she was featured in a memorable This is Your Brain on Drugs public-service television advertisement. Consequently, Cook began her feature film career, debuting in The Baby-Sitters Club (1995).

Rachael Leigh Cook's two highest-profile lead roles to date have been in the films She's All That (1999) and Josie and the Pussycats (2001). Cook has also appeared in a number of independent films and in the 2005 television miniseries Into the West. In 2002, she was ranked #26 in Stuff magazine's "102 S--iest Women in the World". Rachael Leigh Cook's most recent role was the voice of Tifa Lockhart in the video game Kingdom Hearts II and in the CG movie, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. She also starred in the video for New Found Glory's 2002 single, "Dressed to Kill".

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

Rachael has dated actors Vincent Kartheiser, Ryan Reynolds, Shane West and Rider Strong. Rachael Leigh Cook married actor Daniel Gillies in August 2004, after their engagement in December 2003.

Rachael, a vegetarian, lives mostly in Los Angeles, but frequently goes back to visit her family in Minnesota.

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