Name: Andrea Joy “A.J.” Cook
Born: June 22, 1978
Occupation: Actress, Dancer
Actress A.J. Cook was a competitive dancer in her native Canada before deciding when she was 16 that she wanted to be an actress. She has two brothers and a sister and was considered legally blind until she had corrective eye surgery as an adult. Prior to the surgery, Cook had a severe astigmatism that necessitated that she wear contacts or glasses to see at all.
Cook began her professional acting career in 1997 with a McDonald’s commercial and had several television roles before being cast as one of five suicidal sisters in The Virgin Suicides. Her other films included Out Cold, Ripper, and Final Destination 2. She guest-starred in 2003 on Dead Like Me and spent the first season of Tru Calling as Lindsay Walker, but it was when she was cast as Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau in Criminal Minds that people began to recognize the actress’ unique talent.
Cook’s contract for the series was not renewed as a series regular in 2010, but she was brought back for several episodes to finish the character’s storyline and for special events. In 2011, she was brought back as a series regular for two additional seasons and in 2013 she became the celebrity spokeswoman for Proactiv.
In 2001, Cook married Nathan Anderson. The two met while in film class together at Utah Valley University. They have a son, Mekhai, who shows some signs of following in his mother’s footsteps, having guest starred with her in several episodes of Criminal Minds.
Cook’s career has made her worth an estimated $4 million.
How much is $4 million?
In early 2014, Cook was one of many celebrities supporting the Art of Elysium’s 7th annual charity art auction. With $4 million, she should be able to buy plenty of art to decorate her home.