Rachael Leigh Cook is an actress and model probably best known for her roles in “She’s All That” and “Josie and the Pussycats.” Most recently, she gave birth to her second child.
Rachael Leigh Cook began her career when she was 10, modeling on Milk-Bone boxes and appearing in Target ads. She was also in an anti-drug commercial where she smashed an egg with a frying pan ("this is your brain on heroin") and proceeded to trash the room. When she was 14, she read for a short film and knew she wanted to pursue a career in acting.
As for her own high school experience, she said, "I was only in a traditional high school for four months and then I left to begin acting. From what I remember of high school, it was a big scary place." As for her small stature - she's 5' 2" - she said, “I’m not small, I’m space-efficient.”
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As for who her hero is, Rachael Leigh Cook said, "It would be tough to choose between my parents. They are both so intellectually curious and funny and unique people, so I should probably not try to choose between them! I don't actively have just one hero, I'm definitely proudest of being my parents' daughter." She added she's happiest when she knows her family is safe and well and she gets to be home near them.
Rachael Leigh Cook was considered for the role of Rogue in the "X-Men" movies but turned the part down due to having work with CGI costumes and effects. The role then went to Anna Paquin, Rachael's fellow co-star from "She's All That." A bit of trivia: Stephenie Meyer wrote the "Twilight" character of Alice Cullen with her in mind.
Rachael shared she gets angry when people underestimate her. "I've definitely been disrespected by the odd director with a bad attitude but more society. The sexism that I'm aware of that is really rampant out there really makes me mad."
As for her role on the TV series “Perception,” she said, “I think my problem is I want to be as cool as these people who have done these interrogations their whole lives and shake everyone down the way they've done it on TV, then you get the script in your hands and think, 'rats'! I love how people have to pretend to be intimidated by me. It's just awesome!"
Rachael Leigh Cook is currently married and resides in Los Angeles.