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September 07, 2015 • 0 Comments

Her stories make you laugh and her rooted-in-reality performances make you cry. Meet Oldham’s finest, actress of the moment Olivia Cooke…

ASOS – When it comes to choosing film roles, actress Olivia Cooke has two rules. 1) ‘Would I actually want to watch this?’ 2) ‘Is this a well thought out character?’ Answer no to either and Olivia’s out. ‘I don’t want to be hanging out alone while the boys get all the cool stunts,’ she explains. ‘I’d go crazy. I need a challenge.’

This year, many women have echoed her manifesto with Rose McGowan calling out sexism in auditions, Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech rallying for equal pay for women and Emma Thompson mocking ‘roles that involve saying to a man, “Please don’t go and do that brave thing. Don’t! No, no, no!”’
The difference is, Olivia is 21. She isn’t a household name and she hasn’t experienced decades of inequality, but what she’s saying, in her Oldham accent and through a butter-wouldn’t-melt smile, is “Don’t mess with me.”


Sticking to her guns has paid off. Currently starring in Bates Motel [a TV show watched by millions worldwide], she’s had Teen Vogue editorials and sat front row at fashion week. Her new film Me And Earl And The Dying Girl wowed audiences at Sundance, but it’s taken hard work to be able to call the shots.
In fact, her career used to be more sofa beds and spring rolls than red carpets. ‘My first job was this DFS commercial, I did fuck all!’ she remembers. ‘I sat on a sofa holding a toy. Then I was a background singer to Jason Donovan and Coleen Nolan in an Iceland advert.’
Frozen food’s loss, Hollywood’s gain. In the movie The Quiet Ones she played a girl possessed by demons, and in Bates Motel her character tries to stay afloat while battling cystic fibrosis. But Rachel in Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is her most testing part, playing a student diagnosed with leukaemia.

You might expect what follows – hospital visits, crippling nausea and hair loss giving way to baldness. But then there’s the less obvious, equally crushing obstacles – friends with no clue what to say, unwelcome well-wishers delivering condolence cards, a ridiculous surplus of flowers and grapes. It’s during these moments that her unlikely friendship with Greg [Thomas Mann] turns from comedic partnership to lifeline, although if you’re thinking this is where the romance kicks in, you’ll be disappointed. As Olivia’s proven, she’s not up for playing pretty and falling in love faster than you can say ‘romcom’. ‘It’s not good enough having a “really powerful female role,”’ she says, in a mocking voice. ‘She has to have layers. I don’t want to play anything two-dimensional.’
Rest assured, her performance is far from flat. From getting to know leukaemia patients to shaving her head, Olivia put her all into the role. ‘The hair thing was an easy decision,’ she says. ‘I didn’t want to come across as false. Even with the best make-up artist in the world, you can always tell if it’s not real.’

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl also gained her new BFFs in her co-stars. Away from filming, Olivia, Thomas and RJ Cyler, who plays the ‘Earl’ in the title, took trips around Pittsburgh. Olivia’s favourite was ‘when we hired a boat, but we needed a pee, so we jump in and I’m trying to concentrate when I hear this “Boo!” – I’m like, “Thomas, get away! I’m trying to pee!” He totally ruined my wee!’
These stories come out a lot. From being chased by policemen [‘It wasn’t a good night unless it ended with a police chase!’] to discussing her haunted flat – ‘This guy crawled over me and then introduced me to his friend, a weird, cold girl. Maybe it was a dream?’ – Olivia’s sense of humour is hilarious and unfaltering.
She’s alone in New York for the next month, so I ask her the plan. ‘I’ve been walking around smiling and trying to make friends,’ she says. ‘I’ve got this mentality, it’s like when you start school – if you smile, you become best friends.’
Grinning at strangers isn’t a conventional way of meeting people, but Olivia doesn’t do things by the book, and if she can handle haunted houses and pursuing cops, it sounds like a stellar plan to us.

WHAT’S YOUR PERFECT DATE?
‘A big nap and then an adventure followed by dinner and then dancing.’
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR 16-YEAR-OLD SELF?
‘Spend more time with your mates and stop worrying about what your boyfriend’s doing.’
BEYONCÉ OR TAYLOR?
‘Taylor. I have none of her albums but subliminally she’s infiltrated my mind. If I didn’t say Taylor, somehow she’d find out…’
DESERT ISLAND MEAL
‘A Sunday roast at the Toby Carvery.’
BEST PLACE EVER
‘Paris! Visiting friends, walking for hours and having really good food and wine.’

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