AJ's first acting job was in a McDonald's commercial in 1997.
A.J. splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
A.J. was featured in the June 2000 issue of Vogue magazine.
A.J. is right-handed.
A.J. married Nathan Anderson, whom she met in film class, in September, 2001. On September 13th 2008, A.J. and her Nathan welcomed their first child, a son called Mekhai Allan Andersen (which she announced in March). The pregnancy was written into her role on the TV show Criminal Minds. A.J.'s other family includes a sister named Angie, two brothers named Paul and Nathan and her father and mother, Mike and Sandra Cook.
A.J. is 5 feet 6.5 inches (1.69 metres) tall.
A.J.'s nickname is Dre.
A.J. is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints. Also known as The Mormons.
A.J.: (About her most challenging role) I think the hardest one was this film I did called Ripper, it was a genre film.
A.J.: I really like a suspenseful movies and movies that make you think.
A.J.: I liked the concept because it was a horror film but it wasn't your typical horror film of like a serial killer chasing you. I liked the idea that death is the main character in the movie and that death is chasing you, I just thought that it was cool and that's why it did so well, because it could happen.
A.J.: I've been in the theater with normal, everyday people and I just love hearing where they laugh and where we get responses, and that's what I think is so great about it. It's so true to life.
A.J.: There's a scene in the movie where I'm trapped in a van underwater and that was...it wasn't hard because it was fun but initially I thought it was going to be very hard because my biggest fear is being trapped in a car underwater. So it was kind of cool to face my fear and all that. I'd say the hardest scenes in the movie are where I'm freaking out and being very emotional, that's what we're kind of shooting right now.
A.J.: I started dancing when I was 4 so I just kind made the transition over, I guess. Acting just kind of happened, it's been going pretty well, so I keep doing it.
A.J.: Especially in something like this when you're doing a horror movie because some the things you have to do or say are so out of this world and it's not anything that you can relate to, so you kind of gotta figure out something that's close to that and use it.
A.J.: Everyone remembers being at someone's party, sitting on the couch, drinking punch, staring at the boy you like and not knowing if you should ask him to dance. Everyone can relate to that. Everyone remembers.
A.J.: It's tough because I've never had to live there [in LA] and I'm not a big fan of LA, but I am actually moving there shortly in a month or so.
A.J.: It depends, I use a little bit of the method but sometimes on a crazy set, you just got to do, what you got to do.
A.J.: I have some amazing fans! They're just so dedicated and so nice and so sweet. I'm like no one and I'm just starting out and these people appreciate your work and it's nice to hear that.
A.J.: It's not as much fun as it looks, making these films, but it's exciting to put together, and people will be surprised by the ending.
A.J.: I am just your everyday, average girl. I live by the beach. I wear flip flops. I don't wear make-up. I go to the gym.
A.J.: I will not do nudity. I will not do a sex scene. There are just certain things I will not do.
A.J.: My husband and I are just really laid back people.
A.J.: It just depends on how you want to look at it. Do you look at this movie and say okay, death is always out there, do I want to live my life to the fullest or do I want to live scared?
A.J.: I've got to say, when I first found out I got the part, I was a little scared to get on the plane and fly up to shoot the thing because of the first movie [Final Destination].
A.J.: It was easy to be a little freaked out doing that scene, but he's the nicest guy. His character freaks me out and it did in the first one too because it's like he knows something is going on here.
A.J.: (on actor Hayden Christensen) Hayden is very talented. He just has this ability. I watch the show sometimes and I'm just sort of in awe with what he does. What comes across on the screen is so beautiful and true. It's incredible.
A.J.: I never liked to be pigeon holed, and I never liked people to think that they know who I am. I like to keep people guessing. Right now I am trying my hardest to stay away from the genre movies just because I feel like people are thinking that's what I do, that I'm a scream queen. I'd like to stay away from that.
A.J.: A lot of times you have to dip into the independent world to find the really great projects and the really great scripts. They're out there, you just have to search hard.
A.J.: You've got to do the big studio movies to get your name out there, but as an actor, and for your own well-being, you kind of need to step back from that occasionally and do the smaller films. In the end, that's what helps you learn and makes you a better actor.
A.J.: I like TV in the way that it moves quickly, I like the pace of TV because I'm that type of actor. I like to go go go. I don't have to do 50 million takes of something. I guess I'm not that patient. I really like the pace of it.