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A. J. Cook (actress)
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A. J. Cook
Born Andrea Joy Cook
July 22, 1978 (age 32)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Years active 1997–present
Spouse Nathan Anderson
(m. 2001–present) 1 child
Andrea Joy "A.J." Cook (born July 22, 1978) is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau in the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. She has also appeared in several Hollywood films including The Virgin Suicides, Out Cold, and Final Destination 2.
A. J. CookContents [hide]
1 Early life
3 Personal life
6 External links
A. J. CookEarly life
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, Nathan, Paul, and Angela. Cook is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A dancer from age four, 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.
She most recently starred as Jennifer "J.J." Jareau in the CBS drama Criminal Minds. On June 14, 2010 it was announced that her contract option would not be picked up for the show's sixth season as a series regular, but she did return for two episodes to wrap up her character's storyline due to thousands of letters and petitions written to the show's producers. It has also been confirmed that Cook will return for one episode for the departure of Paget Brewster from Criminal Minds.
A. J. CookPersonal life
In August 2001, Cook married her long-time boyfriend Nathan Andersen, whom she met in a film class at Utah Valley University. 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 Andersen would be expecting their first child in October. Their son, Mekhai Allan Andersen, was born on Saturday, September 13. Weighing in at 7 lbs, 10 oz and 20 inches long, Mekhai was born at 8:50 p.m. A.J. said "He's such a good baby. I feel so lucky that he's mine. My husband and I feel very blessed!"
A. J. CookFilmography
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Laserhawk Pretty Girl #1
1997 In His Father's Shoes Lisa TV movie
1997 Goosebumps Kim Carter Episode: "Don't Wake Mummy"
1997 Elvis Meets Nixon Hippie chick TV movie
1997 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Jill Starling Episode: "Second Sight/Chocolate Soldier"
1998 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Lee Mason Episode: "Hell Week"
1999 Blue Moon Alison TV movie
1999 The Virgin Suicides Mary Lisbon
1999 Teen Sorcery Dawn Video
2000 The Spiral Staircase Local Girl TV movie
2000 Higher Ground Shelby Merrick 22 episodes
2000 First Wave Lindsay Tilden Episode: "The Flight of Francis Jeffries"
2001 Ripper Molly Keller
2001 Out Cold Jenny
2002 The House Next Door Lori Peterson
2003 Final Destination 2 Kimberly Corman
2003 Dead Like Me Charlotte Episode: "Sunday Mornings"
2003-2004 Tru Calling Lindsay Walker 21 episodes
2005 Bloodsuckers Fiona TV movie
2005-2011 Criminal Minds Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau 115 episodes
2006 I'm Reed Fish Theresa
2006 Vanished Hope TV movie
2007 Night Skies Lilly
2008 Misconceptions Miranda Bliss
2010 Mother's Day Vicky Rice
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Debbie Shields Episode: "Mask"
2011 Bringing Ashley Home Libba Phillips TV movie