Rachael Leigh Cook on the ‘X-Men’ role she didn’t take: A ‘huge misstep’


Rachael Leigh Cook dinner’s profession following the 1999 hit She’s All That — a ’90s traditional and the inspiration for the brand new Netflix film He is All That, through which she seems — would possibly’ve appeared a lot totally different had she accepted the half she was provided in Marvel’s high-profile 2000 film X-Males.

As Cook dinner defined in a New York Instances story revealed Monday, she had wished to keep away from performing on a inexperienced display and to look in smaller motion pictures. So it was Anna Paquin, who had acted alongside Cook dinner within the teen comedy, who performed Rogue.

“As quickly as I noticed the posters for it, I knew that I might made a mistake,” Cook dinner stated.

She referred to as passing on the half a “big misstep.”

Inexperienced screens and all, X-Males was big, and it kicked off a profitable box-office franchise.

In the meantime, Cook dinner, who had been simply 19 when She’s All That was launched, went on to play the lead within the adaptation of the comedian Josie and the Pussycats, which famously bombed upon its theatrical launch in 2001, however has discovered a loyal viewers within the 20 years since. She took some doubtful recommendation after that.

Tara Reid, Rachael Leigh Cook dinner and Rosario Dawson star in 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats. (Picture: MCA/Common/Courtesy Everett Assortment)

“I actually thought what everybody instructed me was appropriate after they stated, ‘What we have to do now’s ensure you’re taken severely,'” she stated. “I undoubtedly did issues for the improper causes.”

Wanting again, she acknowledges another moments early in her profession that had been lower than excellent. Certainly one of them is when Peter Howitt, the director of her 2001 movie Antitrust, requested her to shed pounds days earlier than they started filming. In response to the Instances, he “cushioned the insinuation that she’d overindulged at Thanksgiving with the addendum that he’d instructed her male co-star, Ryan Phillippe, the identical factor.” (Howitt instructed the newspaper that he’d been delivering the message from the producers, and that he “regretted” doing so and has since apologized.)

Ryan Phillippe and Rachael Leigh Cook star in

Ryan Phillippe and Rachael Leigh Cook dinner star in Antitrust in 2001.(Picture: MGM/Courtesy Everett Assortment)

“I simply instantly burst into tears,” Cook dinner stated. “And he felt horrible and instantly took it again. However it doesn’t suggest I wasn’t offended. It doesn’t suggest I do not keep in mind it.”

Cook dinner additionally recalled her agent having directed her to ship disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, who’s now in jail for sexual assault and rape, get effectively playing cards when he was within the hospital. Nevertheless, that very same particular person was by her aspect when she met with Weinstein. She now suspects that it was to guard her.

“I feel that I overheard sufficient individuals calling me mature that I believed it myself,” Cook dinner stated. “However that wasn’t truly true. On reflection, was I outfitted to navigate the business? Zero %.”

Whereas selling He is All That, Cook dinner instructed Entry Hollywood that she even feels protecting of the reboot’s star, 20-year-old influencer-turned-actress Addison Rae, who now stands the place she as soon as did.

“I really feel very protecting of her, as a result of I really feel like she will likely be judged beneath a harsher mild than someone simply beginning out within the business chilly,” Cook dinner stated, “so I hope that folks see her for… simply the dynamic and wonderful younger human that she is.”



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