Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   April 04, 2021

Olivia Cooke on the Oscar-nominated Sound of Metal and the pressures of being a woman on set
The Oldham-born actress is best known for playing Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair. Now Olivia Cooke, 27, is starring in an Oscar hopeful and preparing for a Game of Thrones spin-off.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   April 01, 2021

Olivia Cooke Slips Into Dark Lipstick for a Complicated Spring
After finding her noise-rock edge for the Oscar-nominated Sound of Metal, the British actor channels a new mood.

It was only a couple of years ago that Olivia Cooke learned how to really scream: a primal, guttural roar set loose from the body, the kind of sound that turns the soul inside out. For her recent role as the withdrawn, hard-driven front woman Lou in Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal, she had six weeks to learn how to play the guitar, operate a loop pedal, and perform the searing noise-rock track that cements the acoustic texture of the film’s opening. On top of all that, she had to tear open a sonic aperture in her petite frame through which she could channel Lou’s raw, dynamic power, the character’s hidden strength.

“I think we all in the shower imagine that we’re performing to 3,000 people, rocking out with a guitar onstage. But the reality of doing that is so much more traumatic,” Cooke tells me over Zoom, leaning in so that her dark, expressive eyes loom large in the center of the screen. She’s at home in London filming a new series, and all around her the city is in the midst of another coronavirus lockdown. With her wild auburn waves and daring mouth, 27-year-old Cooke resembles nothing so much as the heroine of a gothic novel, a girl about to wheel around and face the monster head-on. So it’s surprising to hear her divulge rock star performance anxieties: “sleepless nights, dreams about it all going wrong.” Shrugging slyly, as if literally shaking off the seriousness of what she’s just said, she adds, “I mean, when’s the last time you screamed out of something other than fear?”

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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 27, 2021

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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 24, 2021

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERThe SFFILM’s hybrid event will show 103 films online and at physical drive-in screenings.

The San Francisco Film Festival will kick off its 2021 edition with a world premiere of director Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity, which stars John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgard and Ed Skrein.

On April 9, the film that stars Boyega as an impassioned public defender who stumbles into a drug heist while his reality collapses all around him will stream online and at a drive-in theater. And SFFILM’s hybrid edition this year will close on April 18 with an online and drive-in screening of Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, a documentary that chronicles the origins of the legendary childrens’ TV show Sesame Street and which bowed at Sundance.

San Francisco’s Centerpiece film this year will be Bo McGuire’s Socks on Fire, with a North American premiere for the doc by director McGuire that explores old family wounds between a homophobic aunt and a drag queen uncle. The April 10 drive-in screening will include a drag show featuring local performers and emceed by director McGuire.

The festival also booked a world premiere for Teppo Airaksinen’s Supercool comedy and Tasha Van Zandt’s After Antarctica, which recalls an expedition across the frigid continent. And the SFFILM’s 64th edition has North American bows for Lee Ran-hee’s A Leave; Michal Wnuk’s Overclockers aviation drama; Chloe Mazlo’s Skies of Lebanon, a romancer set against that country’s civil war; The Whaler Boy, by director Phillipp Yuryev; and Captains of Zaatari, a documentary by Egyptian director Ali El-Arabi.

The festival’s pandemic-era lineup includes 42 feature films and 56 short films from 41 countries. In all, 57 percent of the films were directed by female filmmakers and 57 percent were helmed by BIPOC filmmakers.

The San Francisco Film Festival is set to run April 9-18.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 23, 2021

VOGUE.CO.UKBel Powley, Naomi Scott, & Olivia Cooke On Their Podcast ‘Soft Voice’ & The Audio Series That Got Them Through Lockdown

Have you ever felt like there were multiple people in your head, constantly at odds over how you should think and act? If so, you might see – or, more accurately, hear – yourself in Soft Voice, a new dark-comedy thriller podcast that upends much of the conventions of audio-forward art by placing the listener in the role of the protagonist. In Soft Voice, a young real estate agent (Naomi Scott) negotiates her life with Soft Voice (Bel Powley) and Dark Voice (Olivia Cooke), two internal forces that influence her to alternately repress her desires and pursue them recklessly. The experience of listening to Lydia as she tries to damp down these voices and find herself is equally disconcerting and powerful. This week, Vogue caught up with Powley, Scott, and Cooke via phone to discuss Soft Voice, working remotely, and their personal favourite podcasts. See the full conversation below.

Where are the three of you based?
Olivia Cooke: We’re all in London at the moment.

How has the last year been for you all? I mean, difficult, obviously, but…
Cooke: I’m glad it’s nearly over, that’s all I can say.

Naomi Scott: I’ve been up and I’ve been down.

Bel Powley: Well, we managed to do this podcast over lockdown, so at least we got something done!

Scott: Oh, speaking of… congratulations, Olivia, on Sound of Metal, which has just been nominated for an Oscar!

Yes, that’s so exciting! Congratulations, Olivia.
Cooke: [Laughs.] Thank you!

Powley: She’s very humble, but she’s brilliant.

Scott: I’m obsessed with you in that movie.

Can you tell me a bit about how ‘Soft Voice’ came to be?
Cooke: Well, James Bloor, who wrote and created Soft Voice, had the idea a few years ago. We’ve been friendly for quite a few years, and when he told me about this podcast that he was doing – this was in the early days of narrative-driven podcasts that weren’t true-crime or interviews – it sounded really interesting, because it was all about consciousness and the idea of the devil and angel on your shoulders.

Scott: James has such a singular voice in his writing, and the tone of it was just so funny and specific and kind of British, as well, which I love.

Powley: Olivia and Naomi were already attached to the project when I came on, which immediately piqued my interest, because they’re two actresses that I really respect and love and wanted to work with anyway. I have never flown through reading a series faster; I honestly sat on my bedroom floor for three hours reading, and I was absolutely obsessed immediately. It’s such a page-turner… or, I guess you’re listening to it, so it’s a listening-turner. [Laughs.]

What was it like to collaborate in this very unique, remote way?
Powley: It was all basically done from inside our bedrooms! It was the first time I had actually met Naomi, and we were acting together on Zoom. Naomi had obviously been recording for a lot longer before I joined in, and she knew all the lingo: When should I turn off my Zoom? What should I not touch? She really coached me through the entire thing, but it probably would have been more fun if we could have all been together in person.

What are some podcasts that have gotten the three of you through this tough year?
Cooke: I feel like all I do is listen to podcasts, especially in lockdown, to avoid thinking about anything else that’s going on in my life. We’ve got a comedian in the UK called Alan Carr, and he’s just come out with a travel podcast called Life’s a Beach. It’s a series of intricate interviews with celebrities about their childhood holidays, what shit they got up to, all the romances… It’s so good.

Powley: I listen to The Adam Buxton Podcast, he’s another comedian I really like. Grounded With Louis Theroux is fantastic too; his interview with Michaela Coel is great.

Scott: I listen to this podcast called Conflicted, which is basically about an ex-jihadi-turned-MI6 [spy] and an American former monk trying to explain the nuances of the conflicts in the Middle East. I don’t even really listen to that many podcasts, but this one is so good and complex. Table Manners, with Jessie Ware and her mum, is also a guilty pleasure!