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!

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 04, 2021

BYRDIE MAGAZINEZoom Date: Olivia Cooke On Her Skincare Routine and Road Trip Dreams
Plus, she talks about filming her latest projects, Little Fish and Pixie.

Olivia Cooke is something of a chameleon. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; after all, the 27-year-old actress has collected accolades for performances as Emma Decody on Bates Motel, Becky Sharpe in Amazon’s 2018 Vanity Fair miniseries, and Ready Player One’s mysterious love interest Art3mis. Still, it isn’t until halfway through our conversation that I realize Cooke also plays the lead in one of my favorite movies—2017’s Thoroughbred. In the film, she co-starred alongside the late Anton Yelchin and a pre-Queen’s Gambit Anya Taylor-Joy.

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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   February 19, 2021

We love having this Cooke in our kitchen! The wildly talented Olivia Cooke is on Couch Surfing to discuss her new film, ‘Little Fish,’ and to look back at her roles in projects like ‘Bates Motel,’ ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘Sound of Metal,’ and more!

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   February 12, 2021

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE – When Olivia Cooke began developing Little Fish with the screenwriter Mattson Tomlin, their goal was to take a farfetched premise and ground it in something more recognizable. Instead, the story’s sci-fi hook—a pandemic featuring an Alzheimer’s-like illness that causes rapid memory loss—gave the movie an accidental timeliness that the 27-year-old actor, who also serves as an executive producer, is still trying to wrap her head around. Cooke plays one half of a married couple struggling to cope as her husband (Jack O’Connell) slips away at the hands of the disease. For Cooke, who made her name in Sundance hits like Me Earl and the Dying Girl and Thoroughbreds, the movie comes on the heels of her visceral performance in the eerily similar Sound of Metal, where she plays the lead singer of the hard rock group Backgammon, whose drummer (Riz Ahmed), who she is also romantically involved with, begins to lose his hearing. Up next, the Manchester native will take a hard pivot out of indie fare as she prepares to film her role as Alicent Hightower in the enormously anticipated Game of Thrones prequel House of Dragons. But for now, she’s just hanging out in her London flat, which is where she connected with her friend, the actor Naomi Scott, with whom she is starting a podcast, to discuss, among other things, the highs and lows of being an actor.

NAOMI SCOTT: Olivia Cooke, this is fun. Do people call you Liv, Livvy, what’s the deal there?

OLIVIA COOKE: Livie when I was a kid. My first MSN name was Livieyaxx. I was so naughty. And now people just call me Liv.

SCOTT: I feel like a lot of people don’t know that you’re from Manchester, because you’re always doing an American accent. Do people come up to you and think you’re American?

COOKE: In America. I never get recognized anyway, but if I do it’s usually by people who have done a bit of research. But Brits don’t really tend to come up to you.

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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   February 07, 2021

Executive producer-lead actress Olivia Cooke (soon to be seen in the highly anticipated GAME OF THRONES prequel series) and acclaimed actor Jack O’Connell chat with Brief Take’s Charles Trapunski about their new film LITTLE FISH, how they feel in America versus the UK, what they’ve been watching lately, and what they’ve really missed during the COVID time.