Rachel Leigh Cook is a successful actress with countless movie and television credits to her name but she’ll always be Laney Boggs to loaded.
The breakout star of 90s teen comedy classic She’s All That, alongside Freddy Prinze Jr and the late Paul Walker, Cook was the stunning actress made “ugly” with the simple addition of some paint-covered overalls, a ponytail and glasses.
It’s close to two decades since She’s All That and while Cook’s career may not have quite reached the same heights again, she’s remained in steady employment ever since.
Recent highlights include a three-year stint on the procedural series Perception in the US and as a regular voice actor on Robot Chicken.
She also appeared alongside fellow teen heartthrob Chad Michael Murray in a sketch for Funny Or Die, lampooning their status as stars of years gone by.
Cook’s latest video is something a little different though.
Back in 1997, the then-budding actress appeared in a well-known Public Service Announcement called “This Is Your Brain On Drugs” in which she essentially bashed an egg with a flying pan and destroyed an entire kitchen.
It was supposed to show how heroin destroyed lives and certainly did the trick.
20 years on, she’s come back with a video that not only lampoons the original message but also highlights the devastating effects of the war on drugs, particularly on minority communities.
Put together by Green Point Creative, the clip sees Cook holding a white egg, explaining that it represents the many millions of Americans who use drugs and never get arrested.
She then picks up a brown egg and explains how this egg is more likely to be charged with a drug crime.
An animated sequence, chronicling the brown egg’s journey through the American justice system, follows with Cook narrating throughout.
“The war on drugs is ruining peoples’ lives,” Cook says, holding up a yolk-smeared pan.
“It fuels mass incarceration, it targets people of colour in greater numbers than their white counter parts. It cripples communities, it costs billions, and it doesn’t work. Any questions?”
Clever, funny, down with drugs and against the American justice system?
She really is all that.