Rachael Leigh Cook - Updated Feb 2024

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Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook is an actress and model from the United States. Moreover, Rachael Leigh Cook is an actress who has been in the films The Baby-Sitters Club (1995), She’s All That (1999), and Josie and the Pussycats (2001), as well as the television shows Into the West and Perception.

Early life

Rachael Leigh Cook was born on 4th October 1979, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the United States of America. As of now, Rachael is 42 years old and is a citizen of the United States. Moreover, she has a zodiac sign of Libra and is a Christian by religion.

She is the daughter of Thomas H. Cook (father) and Joann Cook (mother). Her father is a social worker, and former stand-up comedian, and her mother is a cooking instructor and weaver. In addition, she has a brother whose name is Ben Cook.

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Caption: Rachael Leigh Cook with her parents (Source: Gossip Gist)

Talking about her academic career, she studied at Clara Barton Open School, Laurel Springs School, and Minneapolis South High School.

Professional career

From a young age, Rachael began her professional career. She initially appeared in a public service advertisement about foster care when she was seven years old. She soon began working as a kid print model, appearing in Target advertising around the country as well as on the boxes of Milk-Bone dog biscuits.

Acting career

When she was 14, she began applying for acting roles. She made her acting debut in the 1995 film ‘The Baby-Sitters Club,’ after passing the auditions. The movie was based on Ann M. Martin’s book series of the same name. Her next film was “Tom and Huck,” in which she played Rebecca “Becky” Thatcher. She appeared in the short film ’26 Summer Street’ in 1996.

Moreover, she appeared in the film ‘Country Justice’ the next year, playing a 15-year-old rape victim who is impregnated by her rapist. When she was featured in the iconic ”This Is Your Brain on Drugs” PSA television campaign in 1998, she captured the attention of her whole country. She was seen in the commercial destroying a kitchen with a frying pan while speaking about the negative impacts of heroin on a person’s life.

She rose to fame in the movie industry after playing in the memorable romantic comedy film ”She’s All That” in 1999. The film has become her most commercially successful film to date. She co-starred in ‘The Bumblebee Flies Anyway’ alongside Elijah Wood in 2000. In addition, she also starred in ‘Josie and the Pussycats,’ but the film bombed at the box office. She opted to concentrate her efforts only on indie films after the box office debacle. She was called the ‘Indie Queen’ after actress Parker Posey as a result of her decision.

Further, she co-starred in ‘The Bumblebee Flies Anyway’ alongside Elijah Wood in 2000. She also starred in ‘Josie and the Pussycats,’ but the film bombed at the box office. She opted to concentrate her efforts only on indie films after the box office debacle.

Additionally, she was called the ‘Indie Queen’ after actress Parker Posey as a result of her decision. She played in the big film version of ‘Nancy Drew’ in 2007. She also played in ‘The Final Season,’ an indie sports drama. Moreover, she also appeared in the movie ‘Blonde Ambition,’ which featured Jessica Simpson and Luke Wilson.

modeling, music videos, and voice-over

She has also worked as a model and has been on the covers of several magazines. Further, she was featured in the March/April 2000 edition of FHM in the United States. She appeared in music videos for New Found Glory’s ‘Dressed to Kill’ and singer Daniel Powter’s ‘Love You Lately’ in the same year. In the animated series ‘Batman Beyond,’ she voiced Chelsea Cunningham in the episode ‘Last Resort,’ as well as in the animated movie ‘Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.’

She appeared in the television miniseries ‘Into the West,’ created by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks, in 2005. She played Tifa Lockhart in the video games “Kingdom Hearts 2,” “Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7,” “Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy,” and the CG film “Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children.” Rachael also did voice-over work for the video game ‘Yakuza,’ in which she played Reina.

Television series

In 2008, she played Abigail Lytar, Shawn Spencer’s former sweetheart, in an episode of the USA Network TV series ”Psych.” Moreover, she made a cameo as Abigail in the show’s season finale and then featured in several episodes the following season. She had the chance to contract for the female lead part in Fox TV’s comedy pilot ”Nirvana” in 2010. In addition, she voiced Jaesa Willsaam in the MMO game ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ in 2011.

She played the female lead alongside Eric McCormack in the TNT crime thriller series ‘Perception’ in 2012. She also acted in the indie film ‘Broken Kingdom,’ which was directed by her husband, Daniel Gillies. On October 2, 2012, the film debuted. She starred in the TV movie ‘Summer in the Vineyard’ in 2017. She also starred in the critically acclaimed ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

Ben’s Sister Productions

Rachael Leigh Cook is also the founder of Ben’s Sister Productions, a production company named after her younger brother, Ben Cook. She produced and acted in the Netflix original film Love, Guaranteed, which premiered on September 3, 2020.

Net Worth 2023

For ‘She’s All That,’ she earned the YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film in 1999. In 2000, this actress won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Actress in ‘Sally’ and also a Moxie! Award for Best Actress in ‘The Hi-Line’.

Rachael Leigh Cook got the Young Hollywood Award for Female Superstar of Tomorrow in 2001. She received the Bronze Wrangler award for a television feature film from the Western Heritage Awards in 2006, which she shared with the actors of the film.

As an actress, and working for a long time in the entertainment industry, she has collected a huge sum. As of 2022, her net worth is estimated at around $6 million and she has not disclosed her income and salary.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Rachael Leigh Cook with her ex-husband Daniel Gillies (Source: Us Weekly)

Rachael Leigh Cook is single. But in the past, she was married to actor Daniel Gillies. The couple has two children, a daughter Charlotte Easton Gillies, and a son whose name is Theodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies. This couple divorced in 2021.

Rachael Leigh Cook was named a Champion of Change for Arts Education by the Obama administration in 2011. She began awarding scholarships to teenagers aged 14 to 19 in 2012 to assist them in paying for career classes, school fees, and mentorship programs.

Rachael Leigh Cook – Body measurement

Rachael Leigh Cook is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 58 kg. Moreover, Rachael Leigh Cook has blonde hair with light green eyes and there is no more detailed information regarding her shoe size, bra size, and many more.

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Caption: Rachael Leigh Cook body measurement (Source: Instagram)

Rachael Leigh Cook – Social media

On her Instagram page, there are more than 298k followers. Likewise, there are more than 102.2k followers on Twitter and more than 5.5k followers on Facebook.