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It was just over a month ago that Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies issued a joint statement announcing their separation. Like most parents, the actors made it clear their children are of the utmost importance. But you know that saying where the kids are always the last to know? That’s definitely the case here.

Cook was at Hallmark’s session at the Summer 2019 TCA Press Tour where she got candid about what’s going on in her personal life and revealed that she and Gillies have yet to tell their children — daughter Charlotte, 5, and son, Theodore, 4 — that their marriage is over and life as they’ve known it is about to change. “Daniel’s actually filming in New Zealand for almost three months now, and so we can’t formally talk to them about what’s going on until he’s back, because otherwise what it means is dad disappeared,” Cook explained to Entertainment Tonight.

“That’s far from anything Daniel would ever do, or myself. He’s hopelessly devoted to them and we’re going to get through this together. He’s an amazing person and I still consider him my very best friend and we’ll make it one way or another.” As for opening up so frankly, Cook said, “This is good preparation for, like — I don’t know how I’m going to talk to my kids. This is a little awkward, so maybe this is a good stepping stone to that.”

 

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Cook and Gillies, who’ve been married for 15 years and together nearly 20, revealed that while their split came as a surprise to fans, their friends barely blinked. “The funniest part about this was nobody was that surprised. That almost surprised me the most. Everyone was like ‘Oh, what else? What should we have for dinner?'”

The She’s All That star added that she did understand why fans may be more broken up than her friends. “I take it very personally usually when actor couples break up… But, you know, we got married when I was 24. I think we were just a little bit ahead of the curve, so it feels like we’re first, and that’s hard, but I don’t know. I still love him to death, and he’s gone and I miss him, but we’re just going to forge a new path forward.”

With all this talk about love and best friendship, don’t think Rachael and Daniel are going to find their way back to one another. “The analogy I like to use is… the characters stay the same but this chapter is ending. We move forward.”

 

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She continued: “As long as the kids will be OK, I’ll be OK. I don’t know what I’m doing, so if anybody has advice, tag me online. Seriously, I’m all ears.”

As for moving on, she went to the spa, got a little me time and admitted it “felt really good.” But at the same time, Cook still “feels uncertain” and now she’s just learning. “Never bored, and I’m very grateful.”

After being together with Daniel for so long, it’s understandable that Rachael is having a tough time adapting to her new normal and it’s only that much harder that her children don’t know yet. It’s almost like she can’t completely move on until that chapter in her life is closed, which won’t happen until they tell their daughter and son the news. But Rachael and Daniel seem to have their heads on straight and are simply waiting for the right moment. It’s not like they’re prolonging the inevitable; they’re just waiting for it to be less confusing for their kids and when they have more time to answer any questions or concerns they’ll undoubtedly have.

 

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