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September 11, 2016 • 0 Comments

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERThe ‘Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl’ breakout actress is in Toronto with a drama from director Wayne Roberts.

Olivia Cooke is no stranger to the film festival stage.

The actress’ feature film breakout performance came in the Sundance standout Me, Earl and the Dying Girl, in which she played the eponymous “dying girl,” Rachel. Now, she returns to the festivals with Katie Says Goodbye, playing the titular Katie.

Wayne Roberts’ directorial debut takes places in a desert community, where a young woman dreams of fleeing for San Francisco., earning money for her move through waitressing at a truck stop diner and sex work. Christopher Abbott, Mary Steenburgen and Jim Belushi also star as characters that populate Katie’s small town, who both help and hinder her planned escape.

Ahead of Katie Says Goodbye’s world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Cooke spoke to The Hollywood Reporter from England, where she is currently filming Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of Ready Player One, her first big forray into the world of tentpole filmmaking.

The actress talks to THR about misconceptions about female roles, filming in the desert, her love of indie filmmaking and Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge.

What drew you to Katie as a character?

I loved how hopeful and honest and pure she was even though she comes from a life of great hardship. She comes from a town where you are born there, then you die there. Despite all of these terrible things that happen to her, she remains so hell-bent on being hopeful and positive. It was something I was drawn to because I think I am such an eternal pessimist. [Laughs] I wanted to make her as fleshed out as I could because I think the challenge was that in someone who is hopeful is bringing layers to a person that can be one-dimensional.

How did Katie stand-out in comparison to the other parts that you are given to read?

I think sometimes Hollywood’s perception of a strong, female character is someone with a glossy mane, and she does high-kicks and can fight like a man and is really witty and sarcastic. And those are really fun to play when you get the chance, but there is something so strong innately about Katie that can be conveyed just with a look. She just wants to get out of her small town and start a career, and how she got the resolve to do so is left up for the audience to decide.

Did you have an apprehension starring in a film that portrays sex work onscreen?

Of course. I was really worried that it would be portrayed as passive. As soon as a woman engages in sex — which has completely changed now with amazing female filmmakers and creatives who are re-defining a “modern woman” — but within this small town setting, as soon as you are open about sex or engage in sex that isn’t monogamous, you are then condemned. When you have something like this in a film, it is always going to upset people, but it’s integral to the story.

With Katie Says Goodbye the sex work feels like it is portrayed in a very empathetic way.

I think sometimes when you see sex on film the character is portrayed as someone who has loose morals, which Katie doesn’t. She has never learned shame from sex because she has seen her mother have many different boyfriends. So sex has never been a taboo subject, it has always been more of a transaction. I think she sees it — and it may be naive but I think it’s very pure — as she is making the men happy and she is getting companionship and is being able to find her dream, moving to San Francisco.

How was the on-set experience with director Wayne Roberts?

It was the best collaboration of my entire career. He completely trusted me and I, in turn, completely trusted him. It was a marriage with a push and pull and sometimes we were completely in sink. It was super low budget and it was a shit hole where we were filming. The entire cast and makeup, hair and wardrobe were sharing one tiny trailer and had one bathroom between us all, but we were all so infatuated with Wayne and what we were making that it was just such a happy time. It was like a little commune.

How is the transition from a set like that into a larger film like Ready Player One?

It’s very different. You are just mind blown by what is created and the sets that you are on. Everything is so large. I had been spoiled with what I had done in the indie world because it has usually been just me and the director for a lot of the films. Now this is a huge cast and it’s a lot of waiting around. I am used to doing a two month shoot where every day I am completely living in it, but with this there is a lot of jumping in and out so it has definitely taught me how to endure and to focus. You switch off easy when you do a massive film, like you just go in your trailer and start watching [I’m] Alan Partridge or something.

It is completely more nerve-wracking, as well, doing a massive-budgeted movie. You are working with these massive actors that you have only seen in the movies and you only want to see in movies because you can be such an idiot when you meet them in real life.

When you are taking Katie Says Goodbye through the film festival circuit, starting with TIFF, what are you hoping these audiences take away from the movie?

I just hope that everyone hooks into the story and the performances. So much of our culture these days is about what explosion and laser beam performances can we watch next, and this movie is so grounded and small. So, I just hope people get back to basics and see relationships unfold onscreen again. I hope audiences can shed that visual stimulation with these huge blockbusters and relax into this world that is very small.

August 24, 2016 • 0 Comments

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday finalized the lineup for its 41st edition, adding onstage conversations with Deepwater Horizon star Mark Wahlberg and Chinese star Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as well as 35 films from first- and second-time directors, more docs and virtual reality fare.

Toronto’s Discovery sidebar will feature world premieres of Wayne Roberts’ Katie Says Goodbye, starring Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and The Killing star Mireille Enos; Scottish director Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling, starring Game of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick; and Rachel Lambert’s In the Radiant City, produced by Jeff Nichols.

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August 23, 2016 • 0 Comments

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Cooke stars opposite Christopher Abbott in writer-director Wayne Roberts’ feature debut.

Olivia Cooke gained attention for her performance in the Sundance stand-out, 2015’s Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. From there, the Bates Motel actress landed the female lead in Steven Spielberg’s tentpole adaptation of Ready Player One, but first she will be back on the fall festival circuit with the indie Katie Says Goodbye.

The coming-of-age drama centers on a young waitress (Cooke) in the American Southwest who is working towards moving to San Francisco, but her plans and hard work are derailed when she falls in love with an ex-convict, played by Girls actor Christopher Abbott.

Katie Says Goodbye is feature directorial debut for writer-director Wayne Roberts, who first envisioned Katie’s story as a novel but was was encouraged to make the movie by Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin, who both attended NYU film school.

With Durkin on board as an exec producer, Roberts went looking for his Katie.

“When I saw Olivia’s headshot I knew that she was Katie,” said Roberts who hadn’t seen any of Cooke’s past work before he cast her in his project. “I don’t watch TV, so I was unaware of her [television] work beforehand and I had never seen Me, Earl and the Dying Girl.”

He continued: “We sat down for a meeting and hit it off and both knew it was meant to be.”

Katie Says Goodbye, which also stars Jim Belushi and Mireille Enos, shot over six weeks during in the winter in New Mexico, in the outskirts of Albuquerque. On what he is most looking forward to about the upcoming film festivals, Roberts said, “I am most excited to just watch the film with an actual audience full of people I don’t know. I am excited for people to finally see Olivia’s performance.”

See the first image for Katie Says Goodbye below.

September 10, 2015 • 0 Comments

Olivia is currently in New York and she attended the US Open Tennis Championships with her co-star Christopher Abbott on September 7, 2015. I have added 7 HQ pictures to the gallery:

April 23, 2015 • 0 Comments

ABQJOURNAL.COMAnother independent film is coming to New Mexico.
The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that “Katie Says Goodbye” will be filming through the end of April throughout the state.

The film tells the story of 17-year-old waitress who supports her deadbeat mother, while saving to escape her truck stop town.
After she falls in love with an ex-convict, things quickly turn south for her, ultimately testing her spirit and determination for a better life.

The film stars Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbott, Jim Belushi and Mary Steenburgen.

According to the NM Film Office, the production will employ at least 29 New Mexico crew members, 33 New Mexico actors and approximately 50 local background talent.

Cooke last filmed “The Signal” in New Mexico. The film is directed by Wayne Roberts.

It’s produced by Max Born, Kimberly Parker, Eric Schultz, Carlo Sirtori, Benjamin Steiner and Jake Wasserman.