Welcome to Olivia Cooke Central, your newest fansite dedicated to Olivia Cooke. We provide you with all the latest news, photos, medias, and much more on Olivia. You may recognize Olivia from the television series Bates Motel or from the films The Quiet Ones, The Signal, Ouija, Me And Earl And the Dying Girl. Check out the site and please come back soon!
August 27, 2015 • 0 Comments

Oldham girl Olivia Cooke delivers a powerful performance playing terminally ill Rachel in the indie hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Here she talks about life in New York, shaving her hair and why she dislikes ‘sexy girl roles’


July 03, 2015 • 0 Comments

Get to Know the Stars of ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’
Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler talk to Peter Travers about how they landed roles in summer’s breakout teen-flick.

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June 12, 2015 • 0 Comments

ELLE CANADAWe loved what the star of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has to say about social media and Hollywood’s crazy double standards.

The basic premise of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (a teenage misfit ends up befriending a girl just diagnosed with cancer in their final year of high school) doesn’t begin to do justice to this surprising, uplifting film. To call it “quirky” also feels a little weak, because this film, while wonderfully offbeat and laugh-out-loud hilarious, is also a genuinely wise, wisely genuine piece of cinema that is anything but twee, and pretty much the opposite of a film like, say, A Walk to Remember, or that movie about faults and stars that shall not be named. No spoilers, but let’s just say there’s a reason this little indie was the darling of Sundance 2015.

One of the stand-out lights of the movie is 21 year-old Olivia Cooke, the British actress Bates Motel fans will recognise from her role as Norman’s pal Emma, and horror fans will know from the string of scary movies she’s been in (Ouija, The Quiet Ones). ELLE recently had a chance to chat with the direct, refreshing Cooke about “cancer movies”, teenage friendships, and why you’ll never catch her on Instagram.

I walked out of the theatre after seeing Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in a really great mood, which doesn’t usually happen after a movie about a teen with cancer.

OC: It’s more a celebration of life, and it’s so humorous. I found the film really reassuring – like, don’t bother fearing the inevitable. You’ll leave all the pieces behind and you won’t be forgotten.

Did making the film make you think a lot about your own mortality?

OC: Definitely. It’s something I was actually struggling with before the film. I was 18 when I moved to a totally different country, and I was panicking all the time, like “What’s happening to my mom? Is she okay? What if something happens to her and I can’t get there on time? Or what if something happens to me?” I was having these daydreams about what would happen at my own funeral, and just those sort of weird things you sometimes think when you’re feeling really selfish and on a downer. Making this film just made me feel more at ease about just living life, and celebrating life – we’re so lucky to be here, you know? And it sounds so cliché and like “grateful! blessed!”, but this film taught me that there’s just so much time wasted feeling sorry for yourself.

Something I found so powerful about this movie was that there’s a point in which your character gets really mad about having cancer

OC: She is fucking pissed at what is happening to her! She’s so young, she’s got so much to experience and it fucking sucks. She loses her hair, she feels so ugly, and the way people are treating her is fucking awful. I didn’t want to play a character with an illness as a tragic victim.

A lovely twist in the movie is that it starts with the male character, Greg, thinking his mission is to “cheer up the girl with cancer”, and yet in the end, it’s your character Rachel who’s been working on Greg all along.

OC: Greg is her little project – she wants him to realize his own self-worth, and in return, he really does provide some comic relief in her life. It’s a movie of self-discovery, really. Greg still has a long way to go, but she opens him up and lets him appreciate relationships more, which he’s never done because he keeps everyone at arms length.

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June 12, 2015 • 0 Comments

This trio of young actors may be familiar from other projects, from Project X to Bates Motel, but they became overnight Sundance celebrities with Me, Earl & The Dying Girl in January 2015. Now the movie is coming out and the trio sat down to talk with David Poland about the work, the process of promoting the movie, finding roles, and more.

June 12, 2015 • 0 Comments

NOWTORONTO.COM – Stars from Sundance-approved Me and Earl and the Dying Girl find the right words to talk about life, death and being young

Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke are a little chilly. They’re halfway through the Toronto press day for Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, and the transition from the hot lights of TV interviews to a cold interview space in the basement of the Thompson Hotel has come as a bit of a shock.

Once they get rolling on their characters, though, you’d never know they’d been shivering moments earlier. Acting! Or maybe just passion for a weird project about a self-absorbed young filmmaker (that’d be Mann’s Greg) who reluctantly befriends a classmate (Cooke’s Rachel) after she’s diagnosed with leukemia.

“You never wanna play the cancer,” Cooke says. “You never want to perform as if, you know, she’s got this really debilitating illness and it’s all about [her] physicality. You don’t wanna see her as a victim. She’s not a tragic character; she’s the stronger one in their relationship. She’s the grown-up. But, you know, you don’t want to do it a disservice, and you wanna try and be as honest as possible. I didn’t want anything in my performance to jut out or take anyone out of the film.”

Cooke researched the role by going to the children’s ward at UCLA, where she met a young patient.

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June 11, 2015 • 0 Comments

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YAHOO! STYLE – “Me And Earl and The Dying Girl” Is Not Your Typical Teen Cancer Movie

Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke are sitting at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles lobbing compliments back and forth, about how much they liked working together on Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. The film, out Friday, is based on a young adult novel by Jesse Andrews and reimagines the now-clichéd cancer kid narrative. “Sometimes you’re working and you’re so passive, but with this there wasn’t a point where I was on auto-pilot or felt like anyone, even on the crew, felt like it was just another day,” explains Cooke. “Every day was so exciting no matter what emotions you felt.”

It’s clear the Andrews and Cooke have become close friends, buoyed by a connection they made during the audition process. The actors shot the film last year in Pittsburgh, where the story actually takes place, and everyone on set became fast friends. That camaraderie helped in the storytelling, especially in scenes that required a more intense set of emotions. For Mann, who plays an occasionally apathetic teen named Greg who cares more about filmmaking than he does about connecting with his fellow humans, finding his character’s empathy allowed him to tap into similar feelings. Greg’s journey, which involves a growing friendship with Cooke’s cancer-ridden Rachel as he navigates his final year of high school, came to mirror Mann’s own.

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June 11, 2015 • 0 Comments

June 10, 2015 • 0 Comments

NYLON.COM – The ‘me and earl and the dying girl’ star opens up

Playing “the dying girl” in a movie called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl doesn’t sound like the sunniest gig in the world, but Olivia Cooke swears she wouldn’t trade her experience for anything. It helps that the innovative and sweet coming-of-age dramedy became a smash hit when it debuted at Sundance earlier this year, winning the festival’s top two prizes and igniting a bidding war for the right to release it in theaters. That honor went to Fox Searchlight, who will release their little gem into a crowded summer marketplace this Friday.

The movie, about a loner-ish high school student (Thomas Mann) who befriends a classmate battling leukemia, lives up to its hype, and has made Cooke one of the most buzzed-about young actresses in Hollywood. To play the part of Rachel, Cooke shaved her head right down to the scalp, causing a stir when she showed up to last year’s Comic-Con—where she was promoting her role on A&E’s Bates Motel—without any hair. Although the British actress looked stunning with a shaved head, she describes the experience as both troubling and a wakeup call. We spoke to her about that, as well as what it’s like to star in one of the year’s most acclaimed and hotly anticipated films. Pretty great, it turns out.

Did you cry when you first read the script?
I cried, but what surprised me the most was that I was laughing on every single page. Jesse Andrews’ writing is so comedic—it comes across as so funny. It’s [about] this boy trying to navigate his way through a traumatic experience and a tragic experience that he’s never come across before, and he just doesn’t know how to handle it.

How does the finished product compare to the vision you had in your head when you first read the script?
Honestly, I don’t even know how I imagined it now after seeing the movie. There [are] so many clever camera tricks, the director really uses the camera as a paintbrush. He never made us that much aware of the camera, unless we had to navigate around it like a do-si-do. The way he made it look when I finally watched it—just how beautiful some of the shots were—I had no idea that that was going on. It was beautiful. It really, really surprised me.

Did the movie end how you expected?
I liked the ending. It wasn’t too Hollywood. It was life, it was realistic. You can’t have a story where it’s cancer with lip-gloss on. It’s real and raw and visceral. That’s what sets it apart from some of the other films.

It’s rare that actors get a script that’s this good. Has this made it hard to appreciate other scripts that don’t live up to this one’s ingenuity?
It really does, but also I don’t want to do anything in this genre anymore because now I feel like I’ve done it to such a high pedigree that I want to move on. Even though I’m playing a teenager, I feel like this is my first adult role. Now I want to continue doing more adult pieces, rather than staying in the teenage high-school realm.

Can you describe the arc of emotions you went through at Sundance, from when you first got there to realizing that this film is a massive hit?
Going to Sundance was a win for us. I already knew the script was incredible—I had never done anything like it. I felt like the work I put into the movie was unlike anything I had done before. But seeing the reaction and the premiere at the Eccles Theatre, laughing and crying with so many people, then standing for the ovation and crying at the same time—it was incredible. And then the frenzy with the buyers and the reviews coming out was just overwhelming. I can’t go back because it will never be anything like that.

Were you treated differently after you shaved your head?
Definitely. When it was first shaved, it was to the scalp. No one looked at me because they felt uncomfortable. I felt like people were very aware of me and didn’t even want to deal with it. And then when it turned into a buzz cut, that was different as well, because ultimately you feel void of any femininity. A buzz cut is very counterintuitive when it comes to trying to look and feel feminine, especially in the eyes of others. Walking down the street [when I had hair], I didn’t realize how aware I was of the looks I got from men and how that made me feel. Once that was taken away, it made me sad because I felt invisible, and I didn’t feel attractive or desired, which is a weird thing that I wasn’t really aware of anyway. People aren’t inclined to talk to you—mainly men—because there’s not a lot in it for them, you’re not their “type.” Luckily I had a boyfriend at the time, so I didn’t feel too ugly. He made me feel really nice. I think if I was single or hoping to start dating someone, it would have been like Antarctica—it would have been void. It didn’t make me feel liberated or free or anything like that, which people said it would. It made me feel really angry that beauty standards for women are just so inaccessible.

You began acting professionally around 17 or 18. Are you ready to do for the rest of your life? Do you ever consider going to school
Oh, I don’t want to go to college. Oh God, that sounds awful, I hated school—I hated doing anything academic. I started acting when I was 18, and I still got to have a childhood; I got to have a normal jobs up until then. Right now, I feel like, why would I want to do anything else? I could do other things, but I don’t want to. I’m fortunate to do one of the best jobs in the world.

You had a normal high school experience?
Yeah, I don’t come from a family of actors, I did drama at school. But it was never a dumb thing like, “You’re going to go on to be in TV and film!” Where I’m from, that was just unheard of—that was only people in London that did that.

Do people treat you differently back home because of your success?
A little bit, not much. My close friends don’t. People that I bump into from school, they’re like, “Oh, so you’re a millionaire now?,” or something ridiculous like that. I’m like “Yeah, far from it.” I think I would have the same assumption if I wasn’t in it. If [someone] from my school went off and worked in Hollywood, [I would] just assume that they probably have three houses all over the world or something.