A. J. Cook
July 22, 1978 (45)
A.J. Cook is a Canadian actress known for her roles in television shows and films. She is best known for her role as Jennifer “JJ” Jareau on the CBS crime drama series “Criminal Minds.”
Cook’s breakout role came in 2000 when she appeared in the horror film “The Virgin Suicides.” The film, directed by Sofia Coppola, was critically acclaimed and launched Cook’s career in Hollywood. Since then, Cook has appeared in several notable films and television shows, including “Higher Ground,” “Final Destination 2,” and “Tru Calling.”
One of the milestones in Cook’s career came when she was cast as Jennifer “JJ” Jareau on “Criminal Minds” in 2005. Cook portrayed the character for 15 seasons, becoming a fan favorite and earning critical acclaim for her performance. Her work on the show also earned her a Prism Award for Performance in a Drama Episode.
Cook has collaborated with several celebrities and artists throughout her career. She has worked with her “Criminal Minds” co-stars Kirsten Vangsness, Joe Mantegna, and Matthew Gray Gubler. Cook has also appeared in the film “The House Next Door” alongside actress Lara Flynn Boyle and in the television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” with actress Mariska Hargitay.
In addition to her work in entertainment, Cook is a passionate animal advocate and has been involved in various animal welfare organizations and initiatives throughout her career. She has worked with the Los Angeles-based animal rescue group Stray Cat Alliance and has been vocal about her support for animal rights.