A. J. Cook is a popular Canadian actress. Her full name is Andrea Joy, and she rose to popularity due to her Special Agent role in CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. She has been part of a few successful movies like Final Destination 2, Out Cold, The Virgin Suicides. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of A. J. Cook in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
A. J. Cook was born on 22nd July 1978 in Ontario, and she spent her childhood in Whitby. She went to Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute. A. J. Cook suffered from severe astigmatism and became partially blind in the second grade. In 2007, she underwent a major surgery whereby a lens was implanted. She started taking dancing lessons at the early age of four and was interested in jazz, tap, and ballet. It was when she was 16; she changed her mind to give acting a try.
A. J. got married to her long-term boyfriend Nathan Andersen, and they first met at Utah Valley University. After a few months of dating, she moved in with him at Salt Lake City, Utah. They currently reside in California for her acting career, and they have two children. Both her children appeared in Criminal Minds.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
A. J. Cook started her career in a McDonald’s commercial. She got a guest role in the TV series Goosebumps. Soon, she had two side sides in the TV movies, In Her Father’s Shoes and Elvis Meets Nixon. Then A. J. got a starring role in the TV series Higher Ground. After her performance impressed the fans, she continued getting roles for TV series as well as movies. Some of the movies were Out Cold, Ripper, Final Destination 2, Dead Like Me and much more.
But the breakout in her career came in 2005 when she was cast as Jennifer JJ Jareau for the CBS drama Criminal Minds. She was part of the series for five consecutive seasons. In the subsequent series, she appeared in one or two episodes due to the demands of the fans who sent many letters to the producers. In 2013, she became the spokeswoman of Proactiv. The following year, she got featured on Maxim Magazine within Maxim Hot 100.
A. J. Cook was nominated for the Prism Award for Best Performance in a TV movie in 2012 for Bringing Ashley Home. She has in the main role for Higher Ground, Criminal Minds, and Tru Calling. Getting featured on Maxim Hot 100 list is an honour for any actress.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you think an actress of her calibre should have? She has a net worth of over $5.5 million for her career over two decades. The main source of income has been her role on Criminal Minds and other TV series where she was in the lead role. Apart from that, she had a lot of side roles in movies. Furthermore, she did many brand endorsement during her prime which contributed significantly to her wealth.
A. J. Cook last appeared in TV series Bringing Ashley Home in 2011. Her next movie Back Fork is in post-production which is scheduled to come out in 2018. She is more of a family woman now even though she is merely 39 years.