Rachael Leigh Cook Reflects on She’s All That’s Body-Shaming

Totally different occasions. Rachael Leigh Prepare dinner feels “fairly good” about She’s All That since she stepped into Laney Boggs’ footwear in 1999, however she does admit that she just lately needed to distract her daughter, Charlotte, from listening to a few of the banter that was used within the romantic comedy.

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“The one factor that’s humorous about that film — ’trigger I let my daughter, who could be very just lately 9, see it — I used to be like, I don’t assume there’s something too inappropriate in there, however a few of the language that they use to speak about girls,” she solely advised Us Weekly whereas selling her new movie, Spirit Halloween. “I notice that it’s about Freddie [Prinze Jr.’s] character type of happening a journey of opening his thoughts. And other people have been completely different than these well-liked crowd children, however it’s actually fairly disparaging and disrespectful. Like, there’s body-shaming and different issues that I’m like, ‘La la la Charlotte, I don’t need you even listening to this.’ I’m not embarrassed to be related to the film. And it was one other time. But it surely’s not nice at factors. There’s stuff in there that’s like, it’s just a little robust to defend in right now’s day.” (She and ex Daniel Gillies are additionally dad and mom of son Theo, 7.)


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Prepare dinner, 43, performed artsy loner Laney reverse Prinze Jr.’s Zack Stiler, alongside Matthew Lillard, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Kieran Culkin, Anna Paquin, Elden Henson, Gabrielle Union, the late Paul Walker and extra.

Zack makes a wager to show Laney into the varsity’s promenade queen. In Laney’s well-known transformation scene, she immediately turned heads when she merely received a contemporary haircut, trimmed her eyebrows and took off her glasses. (Reduce Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me.”)

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Some critics have teased that Laney’s change in look was merely a fast repair. “I don’t know what they might have finished aside from slapping a full tilt [brow] like Bert and Ernie, which they mainly did. They want glue little particular person hairs in there. I’d overlook to take them off typically and that’s embarrassing,” Prepare dinner recalled to Us. “However actually it was not simply speculated to be in regards to the bodily transformation. It was actually speculated to resemble quite a lot of [Shakespeare’s] Taming of the Shrew and actually it’s about her angle that modifications as a result of she’s simply as massive of a snob as he’s. At first actually she makes all these generalizations about him. And if you consider the film that manner, it’s about two individuals altering their minds, not simply type of one.”

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Rachael Leigh Prepare dinner and Freddie Prinze Jr in ‘She’s All That’.
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The Josie and the Pussycats actress has been an advocate for rom-coms for years. Final yr, she led Netflix’s Love, Assured and can subsequent star in and produce A Vacationer’s Information to Love.

“I consider in magic. I don’t know one other manner of placing it,” she gushed. “I don’t assume there’s something nearer to actual life magic on this life, on this universe, than love. There’s simply, there simply ain’t nothing prefer it. So when you may put that right into a film and take individuals on that journey with you, that’s every part to me. I drink that Kool-Support all day.”

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Rachael Leigh Prepare dinner in ‘She’s All That’.
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Prepare dinner made her first onscreen debut as Mary Anne in 1995’s The Child-Sitters Membership and has additionally labored in TV with Notion, Psych and appearances in Dawson’s Creek, Titan Most and Las Vegas. But it surely was She’s All That that basically launched her profession and made her a family title.

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“When it occurs to you, that form of second, it doesn’t sink in for fairly some time. I imply, in all probability 5, seven years later I used to be like, ‘Oh, that was a second that I perhaps ought to have tried to perform a little bit extra with,’ truthful to say,” Prepare dinner defined to Us. “After which by the point that type of sinks in, you’re already scrambling to attempt to make the most effective of what’s happening with you. Now you might have the actor syndrome of feeling such as you’re by no means gonna work once more. So many different issues occur by the point that, should you’re me anyway, it dawns on you. I don’t actually relate to individuals who have a film come out they usually’re like, ‘I’ve arrived!’ It’s simply not how I ever felt. And by the point I type of felt like, oh snap issues are form of taking place, it was extra of a, ‘Oh shoot, issues have been taking place and I instantly felt like I used to be in catch up mode. Do higher mode. You’re not adequate mode.’”

She added, laughing: “I’m simply gonna hold engaged on that with my therapist so it’s tremendous.”

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For Prepare dinner, Hollywood is a “winding highway” and he or she’s simply “so grateful to nonetheless be round.”

“I do know that sounds form of fundamental and like I’ve a really low bar for myself. But it surely’s additionally been extremely gratifying shifting into producing and the individuals who have been giving me jobs once I began out are the age that I’m now,” she famous. “So to be contemporaries with the people who find themselves calling the photographs for essentially the most half is fairly neat since you get to see backstage too and be a part of massive selections. It’s actually superior.”

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As for what recommendation she’d give her youthful self wanting again? “I’d say mentally, emotionally, funds for failure. Actually make a promise to your self that you’re going to face-plant in all probability 40 p.c of the time. Effectively, perhaps not utterly face plant, however you must simply type of construct that into your understanding of the train and your dedication to every part,” she mentioned. “And that applies to a lot of life, should you keep in mind that failure is a part of it from the get-go it makes every part else loads simpler.”