Jennifer Cooke Plays a Different Kind of Alienated Youth as a Half-Lizard on Television's V
Four months later, however, Cooke is one happy little half-lizard. A Hollywood novice, she nonetheless has a teenybopper flick, Give Me an F, in the can and a pilot, Summer, that aired on NBC last month. As the mysterious Elizabeth in V(mysterious, in part, because the character has aged 18 years since it was born last May on the miniseries) she plays a good kid with some interesting quirks: "Just when you've had enough kissy-wissy love scenes," she explains, "they'll tell me to 'throw this person across the room without touching him.' "
Cooke's career began normally enough. The daughter of a Long Island, N.Y. construction-company owner and a real estate agent, she was discovered at a piano recital at age 9. She racked up more than 200 commercials by the time she began a two-year hitch as Morgan, a college student who got married too young, on The Guiding Light. She won the part in V over 200 others who read for it.
As she settles into her role, Cooke is also settling into a newly-bought modern house in Laurel Canyon and will be enjoying L.A. life with boyfriend Robert Newman, 26, who was the hero Josh on GL. "I'm going to have tomato plants, and dinner parties every night," vows Jennifer. It's easy if you can set the table without touching a plate.
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