AJ Cook joins the Innocent Lives Foundation (ILF) to help bring awareness to the exploitation of children. Cook will work as an ILF Ambassador to bring awareness to the ILF's mission. As part of the ILF, she works to promote the company's goal to unmask anonymous online child exploiters and work with law enforcement around the globe to bring predators to justice.
Cook's decision to join the ILF as an ambassador came from realizing the prevalence of this issue. She said, "This is a real crisis we are facing in our world right now. Children are being groomed, victimized and exploited online and it's unacceptable. ILF is working hard to be part of the solution. To unmask these anonymous criminals and hand them over to law enforcement to be dealt with accordingly."
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Visit the ILF website to learn more about this amazing foundation or to donate to the cause! And make sure you're following AJ on twitter and Instagram to stay updated on her involvement with the ILF.
CBS Watch Magazine asked AJ her top 11 favorites!
"As Criminal Minds fans well know, A.J. Cook's beauty can be disarming—literally. When she isn't playing special agent Jennifer "J.J." Jareau on CBS's long-running crime drama, often doing her own stunts, A.J. Cook spends time with family, delights in some indulgences, and glams up for the occasional photo shoot. Watch! shares some of our favorites from Gilles Toucas Photography and little luxuries she can't live without."
"To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a beautiful classic I will always cherish. I am currently going down the rabbit hole of anything and everything written by Brené Brown." - A.J. Cook
Favorite hot spot
"My castmate's [Kirsten Vangsness] hot tub we sacredly refer to as 'Hot Tub Time Machine.' This is where the cast occasionally convenes when we're off the clock. Oh, the stories that tub could tell..." - A.J. Cook
Hair product you live for
"I live at the beach, and I love that carefree, styled-by-Mother-Nature look. I've probably tried every salt spray out there. My favorite is by label.m. It gives incredible texture without feeling sticky or stiff." - A.J. Cook
Color you most love to wear
"Black with a splash of tan. If you ask my husband, he'll say I stole this 'colorway' from him." - A.J. Cook
"A custom-made leather backpack from Killspencer. They make beautiful, buttery leather goods. The more beat-up it gets, the better it becomes." - A.J. Cook
Beauty product you can't live without
"Lucas' Papaw Ointment from Australia. This stuff is magical. I use it mostly as a lip balm, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. I've used it on everything from irritated skin and sunburns to insect bites and my children's diaper rash." - A.J. Cook
Workout of choice
"High-intensity Pilates. This workout has completely changed the shape of my body. I've been going to the studio RockIt Body Pilates for years. It's my foundation. I like to mix Pilates with CrossFit and yoga. When these three work together, you feel like a beast! In a good way." - A.J. Cook
"I find myself consistently drawn to the modern, minimalistic approach of Elizabeth and James. It's easy and clean." - A.J. Cook
Skin care regime
"I'm a Proactiv+ lady! I use the cleanser every day. I wear CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream with SPF 30. I also drink lots of water!" - A.J. Cook
Go-to polish shade
"Anything neutral, like OPI Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey. It has a rose-gold hue to it." - A.J. Cook
"I just discovered Rehearsal Pro. It helps you memorize your lines. It runs your scenes over and over until you've learned them. While I'm stuck in traffic, I'm running lines. Brilliant!" - A.J. Cook
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AJ was the Grand Marshal for the STP 500 today!!
AJ is in town for the STP 500 and she stopped by a local news station for an interview!
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AJ was co-host on the February 15th episode of The Doctors. She discussed various topics throughout the show, gave us a look inside her kitchen and revealed her health secrets!
You can watch some of AJ's appearances here and here.
You can watch AJ's segment here!
AJ graces the cover of the German magazine's February 2016 issue. The issue features some new photos of AJ along with a new interview!
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(Note: The transcript is originally in German but I have translated it to English for you to read. I used a online translator so if you speak German and you notice any mistakes please let me know, in the comment section, so I can correct them)
As a teenager you decided to be an actress. How did our family respond to your plans?
My family was always very supportive. I was raised in a household in which creativity was encouraged. Especially my mother always encouraged me - she was always my biggest cheerleader
What would you have done today if acting hadn’t worked out? Would you have gone ahead as a dancer?
That's what I ask myself all the time. At this point in my life I would certainly have worked somehow in the fitness world. I probably would own my own Pilates studio and my own fitness blog. It's so inspiring to see people who take control of their health into their own hands and live a happy life.
Recently you have become a mother for the second time. How hard is it to get your career and your family life under one roof?
It’s frankly quite difficult. It is always a balancing act. Sometimes I feel as if I fail completely. All I can do is to take the things as they come - day by day - and to enjoy the trip, because the time goes by way too quickly to constantly stressed. My boys are great – they are beautiful and they make me laugh every day. I have so much joy in my life and that I'm trying to concentrate on that and not on the giant to-do list that I have not done that day.
You met you husband at university and have been together since. What’s your secret?
We have been together for a long time. As in any other relationship, we have our ups and downs. I think our secret is that, as we change, we both fall in love with each other over and over again.
What is a normal day in your life look like?
The mornings are stressful.First I get my baby up, get him ready, and then get Mekhai up and ready before I prepare breakfast for them. While the boys eat, I make Mekhai’s lunch, grab his backpack and then take him to school. The rest of the day consists of – feeding the baby and, while he naps, working off my to-do list. However, I also find some time for myself. To do something athletic - otherwise I would go crazy. I need the endorphins flowing through my body to get my energy in order to preserve and maintain a clear head. In the evening at our house we have dinner and then put the children to bed. Once the boys are in bed my husband and I take some time to be with one another.
What is your beauty routine?
It’s pretty simple. I don’t really have one. But I absolutely need one; I'm not getting any younger! Every night I wash my face thoroughly and moisturize it. I also drink a lot of water.
What do you enjoy more – Making a movie or a TV series?
Both are great. If the role is great, it makes no difference to me.
What would be your dream role?
I’d love to play an action hero
What are your plans and projects for 2016?
We are on the 11th season of Criminal Minds, and hopefully we will also get a 12th season. Otherwise I’m going to focus on fitness and health, and how I can get it all in harmony with my family.