Rachael Leigh Cook: Click Here For Rachael's Filmography
Rachael Leigh Cook is one of my hopefuls in the Hollywood future. I have a short list of potential Jodie Fosters and Rachael Leigh makes that list. Others on the list? Christina Ricci, Natalie Portman and, at one time, Kirsten Dunst but she seems to be more interested in becoming the starlet than a potential powerhouse...but still, there's always hope.
The thing about Rachael is, sure, she's got that cute face but there is a lot more going on and one only has to check out some of her other films (not just the popular She's All That or Josie and the Pussycats...both great little films).
Born October 4, 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rachael Leigh Cook is often viewed by both the studio's and the Hollywood magazines as the next Audrey Hepburn...simply because of looks...but she could do worse for comparisons. At the age of ten she began working in the field as a model and soon found herself hawking Milk-Bone and Target in ads that ran nationwide.
This was also the time that she starred in the infamous anti-drug ad...a throwback to a previous commercial with a frying pan and your brain on drugs, she proceeds to demolish an entire kitchen showing the effects of heroin. A spectacular ad by the way.
At the age of 14 her modeling agency sent her off to audition for a short film called 26 Summer Street. From the moment she landed the role she had seen the light and modeling was merely a stepping stone to acting. With a new career in her eyes she headed off to L.A. and nailed her first audition, snagging a role in The Baby-Sitters Club at the age of 16. She starred in the indie fave House of Yes as a young Jackie Onassis and then followed it up with a small but solid performance in Living Out Loud.
However, as she grabbed more and more screen time in the films it wasn't until She's All That that she began to really shine out. The film, basically Pygmalion, or, My Fair Lady minus the music if you will (see where the Hepburn comparison comes in?) was a huge hit with teens and adults alike. Although they had both been in House of Yes, She's All That was the first time Freddie Prinze and Rachael appeared on-screen together.
The success of She's All That brought film roles faster than she should have turned them down so a slew of good and bad films followed. On the down side, Get Carter and Texas Rangers never really found an audience or a target market it seemed and the under-rated Josie And The Pussycats tanked huge at the box-office. However this hasn't slowed her down in the least, since Texas Rangers she has signed on for even more films and is slated to have four released in 2002 alone (see filmography below), and she's only 23. By the time she's 30 we should really be seeing something special from Miss Cook, perhaps directing, writing and acting...who knows!?
A recent update has Miss Cook stepping into the realm of producing. One of her newest flicks, Tangled, is a $3 million dollar learning experience in which she will also star. Like I said, expect a lot from this lady over the coming years.
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