She is blonde (most of the time), beautiful (all of the time) and talented (without a doubt). She is A.J. Cook and when she is not starring as Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer “JJ” Jareau on the hit CBS series Criminal Minds, renewed for a 10th season, she’s been building quite the horror film resume for herself. Beginning with Ripper in 2001, A.J. has starred in Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001), the thriller The House Next Door (2002), the 2nd and arguably best installment of the Final Destination franchise (2003), the TV movies Bloodsuckers and Vanished (2005, 2006), Night Skies (2007), the Darren Lynn Bousman helmed remake of Mother’s Day (2010) and finally the found-footage werewolf film Wer (2013).
TV credits include 2 appearances on PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal in 1997 and 1998, an appearance on Dead Like Me in 2003 as well as the role of Lindsay Walker on Tru Calling from 2003-2004. Non-genre credits for both movies and television include In His Father’s Shoes (TV) and Elvis Meets Nixon in 1997, Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999), Out Cold (2001); I’m Reed Fish (2006) and Least Among Saints (2012).
Andrea Joy “A.J.” Cook was born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada on July 22, 1978. Her father Mike is a teacher; her mother Sandra works for a psychiatrist. A dancer since the age of four, it was at the age of 16 that she decided that she wanted to try acting. Her first job as an actress was a McDonald’s commercial in 1997 and a guest spot on Goosebumps the same year. She has played Agent Jareau on Criminal Minds off and on since 2005, mostly on. In 2013 she was hired as a spokesperson for Proactive. She was #88 on the Maxim Hot 100 list for 2014.
Let us give a warm welcome to the Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month for June, 2014-A.J. Cook!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE (A.J.) COOK
Her nickname is Dre.
Was first Higher Ground (2000) cast member to know of Hayden Christensen’s winning the role of “Anakin Skywalker”.
Didn’t begin acting until she was 17 years old.
A.J. and her husband, Nathan Anderson, welcomed baby boy, Mekhai Allan Anderson, September 13, 2008. He weighed 7 lbs, 10 oz and was 20 inches long.
At a young age, she suffered from extreme astigmatism (which caused her to have been previously declared “legally blind”). She ultimately obtained an eye-implant called “Visian ICL”, which drastically improved her vision.
WHAT SAY, A.J.?
“I am just your everyday, average girl. I live by the beach. I wear flip flops. I don’t wear make-up. I go to the gym. My husband and I are just really laid back people.”
“I have some amazing fans! They’re just so dedicated and so nice and so sweet. I’m like no one and I’m just starting out and these people appreciate your work and it’s nice to hear that.”