Who is Molly McCook?

Molly Jane McCook was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 30 July 1990 – her zodiac sign is Leo, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress with more than 30 credits to her name, perhaps known best for her portrayal of Mandy Baxter in the critically acclaimed comedy series “Last Man Standing”, created by Jack Burditt, and which starred Tim Allen, Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo. It follows the lives of a husband and wife and their three children, the series aired from 2011 to 2021, and won five of the 23 awards for which it was nominated, including four Primetime Emmy nominations.

Early life and education

Molly was raised alongside her siblings Becky, Jake and Seth in Los Angeles, by their mother Laurette Spang-McCook and father John McCook; both their parents are successful actors, and John’s appeared in more than 70 movies and TV series, while he’s probably known best for his portrayal of Eric Forrester, one of the main characters in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”, which has been running since 1987.

Molly grew up being interested in various activities, but was mostly into acting, probably because both her parents often took her and her siblings to their movie and TV series sets. She was 16 when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Emily J. in the 2006 episode “Mr. Monk and the Big Game” of the hit crime comedy drama “Monk”, created by Andy Breckman, and which starred Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine. It follows a former detective suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, as he’s helping the San Francisco police solve crimes; the series aired from 2002 to 2009 and won 30 awards, including eight Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 47 other awards.

Molly then continued acting throughout her entire education. She studied at a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2008, chose not to pursue a college degree, but to focus on working her way up in the film industry.

Roles in TV series

Molly appeared in an episode of both the comedy “10 Things I Hate About You” and the musical comedy drama “Glee” in 2010, and the same year saw her play Margot in five episodes of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”.

In 2011, Molly played Andrea in the comedy “Glory Daze”, created by Walt Becker and Michael LeSieur, and which starred Kelly Blatz, Matt Bush and Drew Seeley; it follows a group of friends as they’re attending college in Wisconsin in the ‘80s. Molly was then cast to appear in an episode or two of various series, such as the comedy “Free Agents”, the drama “Never Fade Away”, and the action adventure drama “Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D.”

The year 2016 saw her portray Polly in the drama “Guidance”, which starred Crawford Colins and Blaine Kern III, and follows the life of a high school’s most popular girl Anna, whose scandalous pictures have just been uploaded onto the internet by an unknown person.

Three of Molly’s most recent roles in TV series have been in five episodes of the western comedy drama “The Ranch”, six episodes of the romantic comedy drama “Good Trouble”, and 64 episodes of the comedy “Last Man Standing”.

Roles in movies

Molly made her debut film appearance in the 2011 short musical drama “If Eyes Could Speak”, and she gained recognition in the following year, when cast to play Natalie in the horror comedy drama “Excision”, written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., and which starred AnnaLynne McCord, Roger Bart and Ariel Winter. It follows a delusional teenager who’s dreaming of launching a career in medicine, and the movie won 11 of the 23 awards for which it was nominated.

A couple of Molly’s following roles were in the 2012 short drama “Christmas Without You”, the  romantic comedy “10 Rules for Sleeping Around” and the  short comedy “Man Up, Little Boy” both in 2013.

She portrayed Aimee in the 2016 horror comedy drama “Trash Fire”, once again written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., and which starred Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur and Fionnula Flanagan. It tells the story of Owen and his girlfriend Isabel who’ve been entangled in a web of deceit, lies and murder, and the movie won two of the five awards for which it was nominated.

Three of Molly’s most recent film roles have been in the 2017 thriller “The Landlord”, the 2019 short comedy drama “37:24”, and the 2021 romantic comedy “Candy Coated Christmas”.

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Other credits

Molly sung several songs in the 2010 episode “Dream On” of the series “Glee”, the 2018 episode “The Gift of the Mike Guy” of the series “Last Man Standing”, and the 2021 movie “Candy Coated Christmas”.

She’s made a guest appearance in a couple of talk-shows, including “Home & Family”, “Backstage with Becca B.”, and “Entertainment Tonight”.

Awards and nominations

Molly was nominated for a 2017 The Bam Award for Best Cast, for her and colleagues’ performance in the hit horror movie “It”.

Love life and husband

Molly prefers to keep the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, but it’s still widely known that she’s today a married woman. She exchanged vows with American Broadway actor John Krause on 7 September 2019, in a private ceremony attended by more than 200 of their friends and family members. John could also have been seen appearing in an episode of a couple of TV series, such as the 2016 “Here Come the Vampires” of the musical action comedy “The Hunted: Encore”, and the 2017 pilot episode of the comedy “His Wives and Daughters”.

Molly and John don’t have children together, and while this is widely believed to be because they both want to focus on their careers, there are today rumors circulating the internet, claiming that one of the two (or both) is perhaps infertile.

Molly hasn’t mentioned any other men whom she’s perhaps dated, and as of July 2022, she’s married to John Krause, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Molly seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving from her more than 75,000 Instagram followers, and is thus quite active on the network; she’s uploaded over 5,000 pictures, the majority of which feature her during her everyday life.

She’s passionate about travelling, and her acting career’s taken her to various US states, as well as to a couple of Canadian cities and European countries, while her dream travel destination is Barcelona, Spain.

Molly’s an advocate for equal rights for all humans, and supports the LGBT community, the movement Black Lives Matter, and same-sex marriage.

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Her favorite season is autumn, mostly because of its colors.

Molly has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Meryl Streep, while a couple of her favorite films include the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “The Bridges of Madison County”, and “I Am Legend”.

Age, height and net worth

Molly’s age is 31. She has long brown hair which she usually dyes blonde, her height is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) and she weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

As of July 2022, Molly’s net worth stands at more than $2 million.

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