Rachael Leigh Cook, Daniel Gillies split after 15 years of marriage

Not all that. Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies announced their separation after nearly 15 years of marriage.

“With deep gratitude for every year we have spent together and the thousands of beautiful memories shared, we have mutually decided to separate as a couple,” the pair wrote in a joint statement via Instagram on Thursday, June 13. “This decision isn’t one we have come to easily or lightly. We love and respect each other as parents, people and artists and look forward to maintaining the best parts of our relationship for many years to come.”

The post concluded: “Your discretion in this matter is kindly requested for the sake of our children during this time of transition. Thank you to those of you who are already aware; for your tremendous compassion and understanding. Lots of love, Rachael and Daniel.”

The She’s All That star, 39, and the Originals alum, 43, tied the knot in August 2004. The duo, who began dating in 2001, are parents of daughter Charlotte, 5, and son Theodore, 4.

Cook joked with Us Weekly in January 2018 that she could not run lines with Gillies before auditions because it might lead to their relationship’s demise. “No, we don’t because — divorce,” she quipped at the time. “That’s just not something that is good for us. I’m sure that’s good for other actor couples but we had to throw in the towel on that one.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 18: Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies attend premiere of Gravitas Ventures' "Broken Star" at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on July 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Actors Daniel Gillies and Rachel Leigh Cook arrive at the premiere of "Max" held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Daniel Gilles and Rachel Leigh Cook pose on arrival for the premiere of the film 'MAX' in Hollywood, California on June 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA- MARCH 22: Actress Rachael Leigh Cook (L) and actor/husband Daniel Gillies attend the 2014 PaleyFest - 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'The Originals' held at Dolby Theatre on March 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 09: Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies attend The Vampire Diaries 100th Episode Celebration on November 9, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images for Warner Bros)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Actors Rachael Leigh Cook (L) and Daniel Gillies arrive at Entertainment Weekly's annual Comic-Con celebration at Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: (L-R) Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies attend the Tenth Annual Leather & Laces Super Bowl Party on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Leather & Laces)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Rachael Leigh Cook and actor Daniel Gillies arrive for the 34th Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals held at Nokia Theater at L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 17: Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies attend the Closing Night Gala during the Baja International Film Festival at Los Cabos Convention Center on November 17, 2012 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Baja International Film Festival)
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 17: Rachael Lee Cook and Daniel Gillies arrive to the Closing Night Gala for the Baja International Film Festival at the Los Cabos Convention Center on November 17, 2012 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Baja International Film Festival)
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 16: Daniel Gillies and Rachael Leigh Cook attend the concert at Los Cabos Marina during the Baja International Film Festival on November 16, 2012 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Baja International Film Festival)
MARINA DEL REY, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies attend the Life Rolls On Foundation's 9th Annual "Night by the Ocean" gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on November 10, 2012 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Todd Oren/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies attend the "Kingdom Come" - Los Angeles Premiere at Harmony Gold Theatre on October 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Rachael Leigh Cook (R) and Daniel Gillies attend The 2012 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party Presented By L'Oreal Paris at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on September 21, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gilles arrives at Audi And Derek Lam Kick Off Emmy Week 2012 party at Cecconi's Restaurant on September 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - APRIL 18: Actress Rachael Leigh Cook and husband Daniel Gillies arrive at the 2012 NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on April 18, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actress Rachael Leigh Cook and actor Daniel Gillies attend the 5th annual Hollywood Domino Gala benefiting Artists For Peace And Justice at Sunset Tower on February 23, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 29: Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies arrive at the 18th Annual Race To Erase MS at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on April 29, 2011 in Century City, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 04: Daniel Gilles and Rachael Leigh Cook pose at the Hollywood Domino Gala & Tournament at the W Retreat & Spa Hotel on September 4, 2010 in Vieques, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
Actress Rachael Leigh Cook (L) and husband actor Daniel Gillies attend the Relativity Media Cocktail Party at Nikki Club during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies arrive for the screening of 'Kung Fu Panda' during the 61st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by Joel Ryan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 1: Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies attend NEW YORK CITY BALLET SPRING GALA & World Premiere of PETER MARTINS' ROMEO + JULIET at New York State Theater on May 1, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Will Ragozzino/PMc/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Elsewhere in the interview, the actress gushed about the Vampire Diaries alum. “He’s ferociously intelligent but he’s also deeply silly,” she raved. “That’s probably my favorite thing [about him].”

Cook shared marriage advice too. “Something I need to learn, myself, is it’s a wonderful thing to be self-sufficient but it’s also good to be actively vulnerable so your partner can feel needed as well,” she explained to Us. “That’s an important part of a partnership because it defines their role as your rock in this life. It’s something that I need to get a little bit better at.”

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