Rachael Leigh Cook’s beauty, talent and versatility make her one of Hollywood’s go-to talents for film and television. Her memorable performance in the 1998 anti-heroin “Kitchen Smashing” public service announcement (“This is your brain …”) led to her first starring role in Miramax’s breakout hit “She’s All That,” opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. Cook will next be seen in Casey Wilder Mott’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” adapted from the Shakespeare play and co-starring Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Finn Wittrock, and Ted Levine.
Cook has brought her talents to a wide spectrum of comedies, dramas, independent films and genre features. She has tapped her comedic skills as a star of such films as “Josie and the Pussycats,” with Parker Posey and Rosario Dawson; “All I Wanna Do,” with Kirsten Dunst; the dark comedy “11:14,” with Hilary Swank and Colin Hanks; and the romantic comedy “Blow Dry,” with Josh Hartnett. Early in her career, she co-starred in Mark Waters’ independent feature “House of Yes,” playing a younger version of Parker Posey’s character; and in Richard LaGravenese’s comedy/drama “Living Out Loud,” portraying a younger version of Holly Hunter’s character. Other notable credits include the crime drama “Get Carter” with Sylvester Stallone and the independent comedy/mystery/drama “The Big Empty,” opposite Jon Favreau.
On the small screen, Cook co-starred in Steven Spielberg and TNT’s award-winning mini-series “Into the West” and was a recurring character on the hit series “Psych,” for USA Network. Cook most recently completed three seasons on TNT’s “Perception” starring opposite Eric McCormack and the Hallmark Channel Summer Nights original movie “Summer in the Vineyard.”
Cook currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Daniel Gillies, three-year-old daughter Charlotte and two-year-old son Theo.