A.J. Cook is a Canadian-born Hollywood actress and former professional dancer who is most famous for her portrayal of Jennifer "JJ" Jareau on the television series Criminal Minds. Here is everything you need to know about the talented actress.
Andrea Joy Cook's first professional acting gig was in 2007. She has since starred in more than 30 TV and film productions.
A. J. Cook profile summary
- Name: Andrea Joy Cook
- Birthdate: July 22, 1978
- Place of birth: Oshawa, Ontario
- Age: 42 years (as of 2020)
- Nationality: Canadian
- Zodiac sign: Cancer
- Spouse: Nathan Andersen
- Occupation: Actress, Former dancer
- Net worth: $5 million
Andrea Joy Cook was born in Oshawa, Ontario in Canada but she grew up in nearby Whitby. Her father is Michael Cook, and he was a teacher. Her mother is a Psychiatrist named Sandra Cook.
Andrea Joy has two brothers Nathan and Paul, and a sister named Angela. A.J was declared legally blind in the second grade due to severe astigmatism, but thankfully A.J.'s sight was corrected by a lens implant surgery in 2007.
A. J. Cook age as of 2020 is 42 years. She was born on July 22, 1978. Cook is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
What does AJ Cook weigh?
AJ's weight is 54 kg and A. J. Cook height is 5 feet 5½ inches. She wears Shoe Size 8 (US), and her dress size is 0-2 (US). She has blonde hair and blue eyes. Her body measurements are 34-23-33 inches.
She attended Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute. She took acting classes at Utah Valley State College which was formerly called Utah Valley University.
Cook was first a dancer before she went into acting. She began taking dance lessons at four years old. She danced competitively for many years, and at 16 years old, she decided to become an actress.
Andrea Joy taught dance when she was younger and has stated that if she hadn't become an actress, she would most likely have set up a small dance studio.
Cook's first job on TV was in a McDonald's commercial in 1997. Her first professional acting role in a TV production was in a 1997 TV movie titled In His Father's Shoes in which she played a character named Lisa.
Her film debut was the role of an extra in the Sci-fi film Laserhawk. She had her feature film debut in 1999 in The Virgin Suicides.
In 2000, she landed a starring role in the TV series Higher Ground, in which she played Shelby Merrick, a teenage girl dealing with abuse at a school for struggling kids.
In 2003, Cook guest-starred in Dead Like Me. She played Lindsay Walker in 21 episodes of the series Tru Calling from 2003 to 2004.
A.J. began playing Jennifer "J.J." Jareau in the CBS drama Criminal Minds in 2005.
In 2010, producers of Criminal Minds decided not to pick Cook's contract option for season six as a series regular reportedly due to budget cuts on the show.
She later returned to the show and has been a part of it ever since.
A.J. became a spokeswoman for skin-care product brand Proactiv in 2013. She appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Maxim magazine. Also, A.J. made number 88 on Maxim Hot 100 list in 2014.
She was the Grand Marshal for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on April 3, 2016.
A.J. Cook has featured in more than 30 films and television productions. Here are some of A. J. Cook movies and TV shows, including the parts she played in them.
- In His Father's Shoes (1997): Lisa
- Elvis Meets Nixon (1997): Hippie Chick
- Goosebumps (1997): Kim Carter
- Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1997- 1998): Jill Starling / Lee Mason
- The Spiral Staircase (2000): Local Girl
- Higher Ground (2000): Shelby Merrick
- First Wave (2000): Lindsay Tilden
- Dead Like Me (2003): Charlotte
- Tru Calling (2003–2004): Lindsay Walker
- Bloodsuckers (2005): Fiona
- Criminal Minds (2005–2020): Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011): Debbie Shields
- Bringing Ashley Home (2011): Libba
- Laserhawk (1997): Pretty Girl
- Blue Moon (1999): Alison
- The Virgin Suicides (1999): Mary Lisbon
- Teen Sorcery (1999): Dawn
- Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001): Diana Collins
- Ripper (2001): Molly Keller
- Out Cold (2001): Jenny
- The House Next Door (2002): Lori Peterson
- Final Destination 2 (2003): Kimberly Corman
- I'm Reed Fish (2006): Theresa
- Night Skies (2007): Lilly
- Misconceptions (2008): Miranda Bliss
- Mother's Day (2010): Vicky Rice
- Least Among Saints (2012): Cheryl
- Wer (2013): Kate Moore
- Criminal Minds (2019): One episode titled Chameleon
In 2012, she was nominated for a Prism Award for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for her performance in Bringing Ashley Home (2011).
How much is AJ Cook net worth?
A. J. Cook net worth is $5 million as 2020
Who is AJ Cook husband?
A. J. Cook husband is Nathan Andersen. A.J. Cook Nathan Andersen romance began when they were both university students.
The two met in a film class at Utah Valley University, and she later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to be with him. They got married on August 3, 2001, and they have two children together.
AJ Cook kids are Mekhai and Phoenix Sky. Mekhai, who was born in 2008, made a brief appearance as Henry LaMontagne in Criminal Minds. He reprised the role in the season seven finale in 2012.
The couple's second son, Phoenix Sky, was born in July 2015. Dey and her husband currently live in Los Angeles, California with their two sons.
The actress is on Instagram as @ajcook, and she has 1.1M followers on her page. Her fans can also connect with her on Twitter via her Twitter handle @ajcookofficial, and on Facebook via @AJcookOfficial.
A.J. Cook is a successful actress who was formerly a professional dancer. She gave up dancing to follow her passion for acting, and thankfully, she is very successful at it.
She went viral after selling her 'Gamer Girl Bath Water' online and has since been in various scandals, which resulted in her Instagram account being banned.