As Lainey Boggs in the Robert Iscove-directed movie, Cook helped kick off an entire genre of rom-com: the teen makeover love story. She’s All That debuted at number one at the box office in 1999, where it remained anchored for 10 consecutive weeks, grossing over $100 million worldwide (roughly 10 times its original budget). Twenty years later, its standing as a pop culture phenomenon is undeniable — even as its cracks are starting to show. Watching it today requires viewers — especially women — to hold their noses in order to swallow some of the fat-shaming, casual misogyny, and an attempted sexual assault brushed off as a joke that come hand-in-hand with the joys of Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me.”
"I’m not saying that She’s All That deserves to be on the Mount Everest of film history, but I do think that it should be allowed to continue to be shared with audiences as a marker of how far we’ve come.”
"I came up in the industry at a time when I thought I was going to be completely out of a job by the time I was 36."