Before she was Laney Boggs, she smashed an egg with a frying pan—for educational purposes. Rachael Leigh Cook’s “Your Brain on Drugs” commercial always tops every ’90s nostalgia list for a good reason. It was pretty darn powerful.
Even though Cook has stayed out of the spotlight these days, we’re so happy that she decided to create a brand-new commercial. While it looks visually similar to the commercial from way back when this time it’s all about drug policy.
Cast-iron skillet in hand, Cook’s new spot supports the Drug Policy Alliance.
Through the use of animation, she makes it pretty clear that “The War on Drugs” isn’t totally working—and instead, it just targets people of color.
And just to refresh your memory, here’s what Cook’s first commercial looked like.
(There was a lot more smashing in the second, but we think the new ad has a ton of similarities and gets the message across appropriately!)
The Drug Policy Alliance has a mission to solve issues with drugs while using science, human rights, health, and of course, compassion—the last part which was heavily noted in the video. They’re against unnecessary incarceration and believe that we can all save a lot of money by changing up the way we handle drug-related activity.
If this video just makes you miss Cook a little (we mean, she was one of the biggest stars of the ’90s) she’ll be seen next in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which—you guessed it—is a comedic adaptation of the famous Shakespeare play.