Andrea Joy Cook (born July 22, 1978) is a Canadian actress more commonly known as A. J. Cook. She has appeared in several Hollywood films and television shows including The Virgin Suicides, Out Cold, Final Destination 2. Currently she plays Special Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau in Criminal Minds.
Early life Edit
Cook was born in Oshawa, Ontario and spent most of her life growing up in Whitby. Her father, Mike, is a teacher and her mother, Sandra, works for a psychiatrist. She has three siblings named Nathan, Paul and Angela. Cook is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a devout Mormon, she accepts only roles that do not conflict with her faith. At four years of age, Cook began taking jazz, tap and ballet lessons. She danced competitively for many years before deciding at the age of 17 that she wanted to try acting.
Cook's first job was in a McDonald's commercial in 1997. She graduated to series work with a guest role on the television series Goosebumps, and parts in two television movies, In His Father's Shoes and Elvis Meets Nixon. Cook launched her feature film career as one of five captivating suicidal sisters in 1999's The Virgin Suicides. Also that year, she took a starring role in the TV series Higher Ground, in which Cook played Shelby Merrick, a rough-around-the-edges teenage girl dealing with abuse and heartache at a wilderness school for struggling kids. Higher Ground lasted one season, ending with a romance between Shelby and Hayden Christensen's character, Scott.
After Higher Ground, Cook appeared in the 2000 TV movie The Spiral Staircase (alongside Higher Ground alum Kandyse McClure), and then captured leading roles in several films, including Out Cold (as Jason London's love interest), Ripper, I'm Reed Fish and Final Destination 2.
Personal life Edit
In September 2001, Cook married her long-time boyfriend Nathan Andersen, whom she met in a film class at Utah Valley University (UVU). She later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to be with him and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
In March 2008, it was reported that Cook and Anderson would be expecting their first child in October. The couple welcomed son Mekhai Allan Anderson on Saturday, September 13th. In March 2015, Cook and Andersen announced they were expecting a second child. The couple's second son, Phoenix Sky, was born on July 23rd 2015
|1997||Laserhawk||Pretty Girl #1|
|1997||In His Father's Shoes||Lisa|
|1998||Elvis Meets Nixon||Hippie Chick|
|1999||The Virgin Suicides||Mary Lisbon|
|2000||The Spiral Staircase||Local Girl|
|2001||Wishmaster 3: Beyond Gates Of Hell||Diana Collins|
|2001||Ripper: Letter from Hell||Molly Keller|
|2002||The House Next Door||Lori Peterson|
|2003||Final Destination 2||Kimberly Corman|
|2006||Final Destination 3||Kimberly Corman|
|2007||I'm Reed Fish||Theresa|
|1998||PSI Factor||Lee Mason|
|2000||First Wave||Lindsay Tilden|
|2000||Higher Ground||Shelby Merrick|
|2003||Dead Like Me||Charlotte|
|2003-2004||Tru Calling||Lindsay Walker|
|2005-Present||Criminal Minds||Jennifer "JJ" Jareau|