She attended Clara Barton Open School, Laurel Springs School, and Minneapolis South High School.
In 1996, her modeling agency sent her to star in a short film, 26 Summer Street.
She took the lead role in 2001's Josie and the Pussycats, which turned out to be a box office failure.
Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies may be all that when it comes to taking care of a little girl, but they’re just starting to explore life with a baby boy.
In 1997, Cook appeared in a leading role in the film Country Justice as a 15-year-old rape victim who is impregnated by her rapist.
She gained national attention in 1998, when she was featured in the famous This Is Your Brain on Drugs PSA television advertisement, in which she proceeds to destroy a kitchen with a frying pan as she lists the important things in life that heroin harms.