Baby on the Way for Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies

05/08/2013 at 08:00 AM ET

Rachael Leigh Cook Daniel Gillies Expecting First Child
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Rachael Leigh Cook‘s perception of parenting is about to change — she’s pregnant!

The Perception star, 33, and husband Daniel Gillies are expecting their first child this fall, PEOPLE confirms.

“Thanks for the love you guys,” the actress Tweets, while The Vampire Diaries actor adds, “Thank you everyone. We are delighted.”

Cook — best known for her role in She’s All That — and Gillies, 37, will celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary in August, after tying the knot in 2004.

In addition to their television roles — including the dad-to-be’s upcoming performance in The Originals, a spinoff of the Vampire series — the couple are also preparing for the May 15 premiere of Broken Kingdom, which Gillies both produced and stars in alongside Cook.

— Anya Leon

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Smeow on

There should be more coverage of positive, in-it-for-the-long-haul couples like this. Good for them!!

D.A on

I wonder if its because there is less coverage, their marriage is under less pressure and therefore can last.

Emily on

Had no idea “Elijah” was her husband! Congrats to them both!

patty on

Congrats !! I love this couple the are both so down to earth and they will make awesome parents !!

deidra on

Congrats to them! It will be a beautiful baby! Love Daniel on the Vampire Diaries and love Rachael on Perception!

klutzy_girl on

I didn’t even know she was married to a guy from the Vampire Diaries! Congratulations to them.

Cindy on

“Congrats !! I love this couple the are both so down to earth and they will make awesome parents !!” Patty, how do you know this, or them for that matter? You have zero idea what kind of parents they will make or what their attitudes are. You don’t know them personally. This is puzzling for me. It is the same when someone bashes a celebrity they do not know. People are very strange. They really assume they know celebrities merely because of what it written on gossip sites. Laughable.

Tanja on

I really don’t know what your problem is Cindy.To say that they will be great parents has nothing to do with knowing them or not.That’s just something that people assume…that is what I assume or expect from every person who’s about to become a mom or dad.It’s always better to see the good in people you don’t know…everything else would be judgemental.If you they will be great or not ( I personally have no doubt that they will be fantastic)is something only time can tell,but it’s not (by any means) wrong to say that Rachel and Daniel will be doing great.

So please calm your tits.;)


Congrats to the happy couple,finally someone whose married first before having a baby together!

Katie on

I love this couple comments are stupid.

lexi on

beautiful couple 🙂 congrats 🙂

Heather Orlando on

Congrats Daniel & Rachael!!

Marge on

I had no idea she was married. And for 9 years?! That’s amazing! Congrats to them!

meghan on

Cindy, shut up.

Isabel on

Cindy, you’re giving this too much thought.

Congratulations to the two!

Rainbowkitty on

Love this couple! Congratulations!!!! Hoping for a beautiful pregnancy!

Amy on

Seriously, Cindy, shut up. What a jerk.

Keis on

Shut up, Meghan.

Sharon on

@ Meghan… i second that!!! I agree with Patty. They do seem down to earth. You can pretty much tell if celebrities are down to earth or complete snobs…you don’t have to know them to get an idea of their attitude. Anyway, congrats to the happy couple..that will be one beautiful baby!

Sharon on

I meant Keis…sorry lol

brandi on

Wow Cindy ^ , Rachel does seem down to earth from what has been displayed thru media outlets. “People are strange”. No, Cindy, just you. Laughable, yes. At you.

Ceetee on

Seeing as how this guy worked as a dishwasher and waiter, I’d say he knows a thing or two about humility. And at the least he knows something about making a marriage work and maintaining privacy and decency. I don’t understand some of the vile people trolling these sites.

Jamie on

Daniel is very nice. I met him last year and he is very down to earth. I saw him at a convention and he talked about how he would love to have kids.

curlyk on

Mpls is super proud of her! We look forward to seeing them toodle around the lakes with their baby.

myladyeve on

Congrats to the couple! I didn’t even know she was married.

merry on

I respect almost any way, but I do love when people have been married since their early twenties and are still together a decade later to have a baby. Congrats to this couple.

Krystin on

I had no idea they were a couple… Totally flying under the radar there!! Congrats to them.

Jaylynn on

Too bad that baby is not going to have any chance at being good looking! Ha!

Hattie on

Congrats!!!9 years is a long time for a first child!!!!

lauren on

Congratulations! This comment made me laugh. Some complain if the parents are not married, others if they are newlyweds, now this comment above. What is wrong with taking your time and enjoying eachother’s company? It’s not like she is 40 and the clock is ticking.

Mimsy on

I forget they are married to each other and that they have been married for so long!

Congrats to them!

Rachael is adorable!

Melissa on

Congrats! I didn’t know they were married, they make a cute couple

lauren on

That is one good looking couple. Wishing them all the best!

Anonymous on

Congrats to them!

Anonymous on

Boy are they going have some pretty babies.

Anonymous on

Isn’t it a cioncidence that when the back door pilot to The Originals spinoff happened, Klaus’ characters was going to be a Baby Daddy to Hayley. I love Klaroline, but Kayley is starting, I think. Makes you think, if RLC will come to the TO’s.. would be cool to see her on TVD or TOs. Been a fan of Daniels since Spiderman 2. That’s probably the year they were dating. Dachael FTW