CosmoGIRL! Magazine - September 01, 2000
The Many Moods of Rachael Leigh Cook
by Elizabeth Kuster
I interviewed N'Sync for our May issue, and when I asked Joey which celebrity he'd most like to go out with, he said Rachael Leigh Cook. He said you even came up to him once.
Oh my gosh, that's the funniest thing! I'll tell you the story. I went to some party and I saw this guy who had on this necklace that was pretty cool. It had a huge chain and this Superman S that was encrusted with these things that looked like diamonds, which I figured could not have been the real thing because then the necklace would have been worth more than the property value of every building in a ten mile radius. [P.S. they were real.] Anyway, I'm looking at this necklace, and I'm curious: Is this guy Clark Kent and he needs this necklace to become superman? So I went up to him and I was like, "Where'd you get that? And why Superman?" He was like, "Actually I had this made. I've always liked Superman." And I was like, "Okay Superman, you're one of those guys who has a Japanese character tattooed somewhere on his body and isn't quite sure what it means, aren't you?" And sure enough, he pulls up his pant leg and there were like five Japanese Character tattoos, and he was like, "This one means music, and this one means family..." He did know what they meant.
Did you know who he was?
Well, he said he was into music, and he looked familiar. But I couldn't put my finger on it. He was pretty interesting, though. I mean, Superman fights for honor and decency and is against the common man being oppressed by evil forces, and he chose to represent that by creating this diamond-encrusted necklace. And he knew what his tattoos meant.
So you're not surprised to find out he has a crush on you?
Actually, I'm very surprised! I didn't think he even knew who I was!
I'm so impressed that you just went up to him. Are you known for being gutsy when it comes to guys?
Kind of. But it doesn't always turn out like I planned. Several months ago, I saw this guy at a party who I really wanted to talk to. I got up this weird courage; I was telling myself, "Go talk to him, Rachael! Just do it! What's the worst that could happen?" And sure enough, the worst did happen. I went up to him and what came out of my mouth was "Have I met you before?" Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. I had not met him before and I full well knew that. He called me on it, too. He was like, "No, I'd remember. trust me."
Did you go out?
Yeah, we actually went out a couple of times. But now we're just friends.
So the worst didn't happen.
Well, I just felt so dumb I cannot tell you. But sometimes you're going to have to go through a little embarrassment to get what you want. If I had said to him, "Hi, do you know what time it is?" -you know, played it safe-he wouldn't have asked me out. I think going to it earned me the points. But I would like to say that if you have a conversation with a guy and you walk away from it thinking, "Stupid, stupid. Too dumb to live!" It could mean that you and that guy simply aren't compatible. So don't kill yourself over it.
The last time we talked with you [in our March issue], you were newly single and like, "Being alone is going to be so great!" How's that going?
I'm doing it! It's a good thing! It's nice to live completely on your own terms. Usually, I'm either with a guy or pining after a guy to such an extent that I might as well be with him. I've got to say, I really like being boyfriend-free! I've learned the importance of friends. Girls, ask yourself this: If you run some errands for your mom and come home and there are messages from two of your friends and your boyfriend, who do you call back first? If you always call back your boyfriend first, you need to do some self-evaluating.
So you've been hanging around with your girlfriends?
I have friends that are guys, too.
That's cool. But does this really work? I mean, have any of your guy friend ever wanted to be more?
It's funny: Every guy I've gone out with has told me, "No guy is ever just your friend!" And I'm like, "That's not true! We used to be friends!" And they're like, "Exactly!" But I do have guy friends who don't want to be more. Like Shawn Hatosy [Down to You]. I've known him for years, and I'm friend with his girlfriend now, too.
And you and Shawn are shooting a movie together now, right?
It's a conspiracy-theory movie called Tangled, and I'm co-producing!
Wow-you're like the boss. Do you get to order people around?
No. Well...I kinda did have one fit.
You had a fit?
Well, every single outfit they wanted to put me in was either tight fitting or a really little dress. I was like, "For goodness sakes, people! I know the audience is supposed to think I'm attractive or whatever, but do we have to sell it that hard? I'm wearing a big sweater in this scene." And they're like, "No, no, no. This is the cute, sexy scene." And I was like, "This is the scene where I'm having a fight with my best friend! I'm wearing a big sweater." And they were like, "No, you're not." I couldn't handle it. I just went of on the director on how sick I am about being objectified. I made it into this big thing, but it was really important for me.
Did you win your point?
I did! They didn't let me wear the sweater, but I got to wear a enormous leather jacket that was even bigger.
Good! That's one small step for girl, one giant leap for girlkind!
Sometimes you've got to stick up for what you believe in. You know: Be yourself! If people don't like you, then don't hang out with them. Parents always say that, I know-but I swear it's true.
Rachael really hates:
Spelling words with k instead of c:
"What's cuter about the letter k? Nothing! But for some reason, people think it makes certain c words look more fun. The example that totally drove me over the edge was this place called Krazy Kar Rental. Yuck!"
"I went on a children's roller coaster once when I was maybe 12-or some age when I was considered a little old to be on a kiddy ride. Absolutely terrified. Thought I was going to die."
"I hate it more than anything in the whole world. I'm just an awful, awful driver. I get lost, I hit things (parked cars, one moving car, a pole in my parking garage). Just when I think I got everything under control, I'll miss seeing something out of the corner of my mirror. My friend Shawn [Hatosy] knows how much I hate to drive, so he always says, "I'll come getcha, Cook.""
Annoying guys who act like their opinions are really facts:
"Being a girl, you're going to meet a lot of guys who are used to having people listen to them all the time. Consequently, they start to think that they're always right about everything. But interestingly, sometimes they're not! The next time some outspoken guy tells you "This is the answer. I'm right, don't let it intimidate you into thinking that you might be wrong. Instead, just jump in there and say to him, "Well, that's your opinion.""
"They're not dogs, they're art."
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