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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

Edit 1: Photoshoot replaced with HQ ones. Many thanks to Tiffany, webmiss of THOMAS-MANN.US

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

REFINERY – Olivia Cooke refused to fake it.

While preparing for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, the indie film out tomorrow in which she plays a teenager with cancer, the actress visited the UCLA children’s hospital and met a young patient with leukemia, who had one question for her: “‘Are you going to shave your head?’”

“At that point, I hadn’t really thought about it,” admitted Cooke, 21, sitting in the Refinery29 photo studio on a recent afternoon. “I wouldn’t want anyone watching the film to think I’m a phony. I wanted to be as honest and raw as possible.”

That meant nixing the rubbery cone-head route that many actors resort to when portraying terminally ill characters. “Bald caps look like shit,” she said matter-of-factly. “Even if you get the best makeup artist in the world, you’re still going to be able to tell it’s a bald cap. And I have so much hair, I’m going to look like an alien. I’m going to look like Mars Attacks!” So Cooke told her team there was only one solution: “Let’s just shave the head.”

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June 11, 2015 • 0 Comments

I have added 7 scans from Instyle USA (July Issue) to the gallery. Olivia looks stunning!!!!
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