Rachael Leigh Cook says the death of her She’s All That co-star Paul Walker hit her hard: ‘You always think that there’s going to be time to reminisce’
Rachael Leigh Cook says the death of Paul Walker hit her ‘hard.’
The pair worked together on the 1999 movie She’s All That alongside Freddie Prinze Jr, Matthew Lillard, Anna Paquin, Gabrielle Union, Kieran Culkin, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Lil Kim and Usher and Rachael admitted Paul’s death in a 2013 car crash left her bereft.
‘I remember how hard it hit me when I heard about Paul’s passing because you always think that there’s going to be — this is the corniest thing I’ve ever said — but you always think that there’s going to be time to reminisce with people, the way I’m doing with you now — or the way I got to do with [Matthew Lillard] — about a time that was,’ she told Vanity Fair.
Missing an old friend: Rachael Leigh Cook says the death of Paul Walker hit her ‘hard’; seen at the He’s All That premiere this week in LA
He was all that: Walker and Leigh Cook appeared together in the 1999 film She’s All That. Walker went on to star in the Fast and the Furious franchise but died from injuries in 2013
Rachael, 41, played outsider Laney Boggs in the movie, while Paul portrayed Dean Sampson, who challenged Prinze Jr’s character Zack Siler to transform Laney into school royalty.
Paul went on to star in the Fast and Furious franchise but died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle collision on November 30, 2013.
According to the coroner’s report, Paul died after the car he was in crashed at a speed of more than 100 miles per hour and burst into flames.
From geek to chic: Rachel Leigh Cook as Laney Boggs from She’s All That
Paul’s scene: Walker, left, with Freddie Prinze Jr, right, and Dule Hill, center, in She’s All That
His friend Roger Rodas, who was driving the Porsche Carrera GT, also died in the crash.
Kristy McCracken, the investigator for the Los Angeles coroner, said: ‘For an unknown reason the driver lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle partially spun around and began to travel in a south-easterly direction.
‘The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver’s side struck a tree and then a lightpost. The force of these collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees and it continued to travel in an easterly direction.
Real life Fast and Furious: According to the coroner’s report, Paul died after the car he was in crashed at a speed of more than 100 miles per hour and burst into flames
‘The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a tree and it then burst into flames.’
Leigh Cook’s new film might be stirring up old memories. She appears in He’s All That, a remake of the 1999 film with a gender-swapped cast.
Outside of He’s All That, the actress’ career has been relatively quiet as of late. She’ consistently done voice work for the show Robot Chicken over the last 15 years, and she appeared in the made for tv movie Cross Country Christmas last year.
Her personal life has been tough as well. She divorced her husband of 17 years, actor Daniel Gillies. The pair share two children, 7-year-old Charlotte and 6-year-old Theodore.