Interview with Olivia Cooke, star of our closing night film ‘Katie Says Goodbye’.
Rising stars Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy topline Focus Features’ ‘Thoroughbred,’ a thriller about two teenagers who become involved in a murder plot. They join costar Paul Sparks and first-time filmmaker Cory Finley, who initially wrote the story as a play, in the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher’s, at the Sundance Film Festival.
Originally conceived of as a stage play, “Thoroughbred,” the debut feature from writer-director Corey Finley, drew raves following its Sundance world premiere on Jan. 21 and was quickly snatched up for 5 million by Focus Features.
Olivia Cooke, 22
“I would have felt like such a phony wearing a big, obtrusive bald cap, so I was like, ‘Just f—ing shave my head,’ ” recalls the English actress of her feature breakout as a cancer-stricken teen in the 2015 Sundance winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. With A&E’s Bates Motel — in which she stars opposite Freddie Highmore — set to end after its fifth season, Cooke has a handful of indies coming up, including Anton Yelchin’s final film, Thoroughbred. But in 2018 comes the big one: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One opposite Tye Sheridan.
What made me want to act: Titanic
Reading my reviews: “I say that I never will, but then, of course, in a really sadistic, masochistic moment in my room on my own I will.”
And box office? “No, I don’t understand. What is it, ‘tracking’? How’s it tracking? It’s like, how do you know? It hasn’t come out yet! I don’t get it.”
Best advice you’ve received: “‘Have an extraordinary career and a very normal life.’ I never want to be too famous to where I can’t go to the corner shop and get a pint of milk.”
Millennials, in a word, are: “Accepting.”
“It’s not glamorous. [Performers of the past] are in such dire conditions. They’re not acclaimed performers like you see now, they are clowns,” said actress Olivia Cooke of playing a performer in pthe upcoming horror-thriller ‘The Limehouse Golem.’ She is joined by co-stars Bill Nighy and Douglas Booth.