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rachael leigh cook (interview from 1999)

Lindzi.com: In She's All That, you play Laney Boggs, a high schooler who gets stuck in the middle of a bet between two hotties. What was high school like for you?

Rachael Leigh Cook: I was only in a traditional high school for four months and then I left to begin acting. From what I remember of high school, it was a big scary place.

Lindzi.com: What was it like playing Laney? Have you learned anything from the role?

Rachael Leigh Cook: It was a lot of fun. The cast was great to work with; especially Freddie [who plays Zack]. I was surprised with the response to the film - namely how many people identified with it. A lot of people feel like the underdog and that people are out to get them some point.

Lindzi.com: Were you ever put in a situation similar to the one in She's All That?

Rachael Leigh Cook: Not that I was aware of.

Lindzi.com: Recently you made a few guest appearances on Dawson's Creek where you played a young actress. What is your advice to teenage girls interested in pursuing an acting career?

Rachael Leigh Cook: Get your feet wet doing theatre work. You'll be surprised how much work acting can be. Memorizing your lines, hitting your mark, dealing with stage fright, having people look at you - you have to decide if you want to be made a public spectacle.

Lindzi.com: Can we expect to see you in future episodes?

Rachael Leigh Cook: None that I'm aware of. [Ed note: It is uncertain whether there will be a third episode. It depends where the storyline goes.]

Lindzi.com: A long awaited summer has finally arrived! What are your plans?

Rachael Leigh Cook: Having a career is so different from going to high school. Work is year-round for me. No summer break. Besides, here in L.A. it looks like summer all year 'round!

Lindzi.com: What drives you iNS@NE?!

Rachael Leigh Cook: Where to begin?! There are so many things! People who talking during movies. Drivers who cut in front of you in traffic. People who seem angry at the world for no reason. Old crusty pencil erasers that don't erase... that one has been on my list for years! People who say they will call when in fact they never do. Crowds. I'm not sure you have the time or space for all the things that drive me crazy!

Lindzi.com: {laughs}

Lindzi.com: What is the strangest question you've ever been asked by a reporter?

Rachael Leigh Cook: Once a reporter asked me, "So, do you get nervous?" What did she mean? At interviews? At home? While acting? I just stared at her with a blank look on my face.

Lindzi.com: Is there any question that hasn't been asked that you'd like to answer?

Rachael Leigh Cook: That's the very question! Seriously, I'd like to have someone ask me, "Are you happy?" Everyone assumes that I'm on top of the world right now... which is true, but sometimes I like to be asked. By the way, the answer is yes.

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