Rachael Leigh Cook’s role as outcast Laney Boggs in the iconic teen rom-com “She’s All That” is the reason I often look in the mirror as I take off my glasses and think: “instant makeover done.” While 1999’s “She’s All That” may have been Cook’s breakout role, she actually got her start as Mary Anne Spier in the 1995 adaptation of “The Baby-Sitters Club.”
From cult classics like “Josie and the Pussycats” to recurring roles on TV shows like “Psych” and “Robot Chicken,” Cook’s proved her comedy prowess. I mean, many hate on “Josie and the Pussycats,” but it’s one of those films you can rewatch and find something new to love each and every time — with Cook’s Josie McCoy being one of the highlights. Although she’s mostly known for her lighthearted roles, Cook has dabbled in the world of drama with 2007’s “The Final Season” and the crime series “Perception” alongside Eric McCormack. In 2020, she revisited rom-coms with Netflix’s “Love, Guaranteed,” and this October she stars in “Spirit Halloween: The Movie.” If you’re looking for a dose of Rachael Leigh Cook nostalgia, go ahead and check out some of her best roles ahead.