|Aj Cook Biography, a little bit about Aj Cook
Born on July 22, 1978, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Mike and Sandra Cook, Andrea
Joy Cook is one of the rising young stars in Hollywood today. Though she didn't begin
acting until age 17, Miss Cook has appeared in nearly a dozen films and several TV
shows before the age of twenty-five. Before taking up acting, she was a dancer,
having started dancing competitively at age 4 in the styles of tap, jazz, and ballet.
Her first big role came in the 1999 film 'The Virgin Suicides,' directed by Sofia
Coppola. Later that year she landed the role of Shelby Merrick in the TV series
'Higher Ground,' which also starred her good friend and fellow Canadian Jewel Staite.
Gifted with wholesome, girl-next-door looks which she convincingly clouds when danger
and darkness loom, A.J. Cook has emerged as her generation's Jamie Lee Curtis by
headlining a series of post-modern horror films. The Canadian actress began her
professional career as a competitive dancer before getting her first big break at age
17, appearing in an episode of the kid-oriented TV scarefest "Goosebumps" and nabbing
a role in the TV drama "In His Father's Shoes," both in 1997. Other made-for-TV fare
followed before Cook appeared prominently as Mary Libson, one of the doomed sisters
of "The Virgin Suicides" in 1999, followed by her first leading role in the
straight-to-video supernatural thriller "Teen Sorcery" (1999), traveling through time
while battling a malevolent cheerleader. She was next cast in a recurring role on the
Fox Family Channel family drama "Higher Ground" in 2000, playing Shelby, the
girlfriend of regular cast member Hayden Christensen. Cook then got her first leading
role in a full-blown horror film, playing the heroine of the bloody,
straight-to-video "Ripper" (2001), which she followed up with a prominent turn in the
direct-to-video sequel "Wishmaster III" (2001). She also tried her hand at a comedic
role, appearing in the lunkheaded snowboard comedy "Out Cold" (2001), and then
quickly found her way back to C-grade horror with the little-seen "The House Next
Door" (2001). She next assumed the lead role in the 2002 sequel "Final Destination 2"
playing the latest college student who's caught up in the franchise's
not-as-clever-as-it-thinks-it-is conceit, stalked by Death after having cheated it. Read More...