Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   June 12, 2015

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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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   June 11, 2015

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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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   May 27, 2015

Olivia attended the official Academy screening of ‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl‘ hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences at The Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International on May 26, 2015 in New York City. I have added 14 HQ pictures to the gallery!

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   May 15, 2015

I have added 40 photos from this event to the gallery

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   April 23, 2015

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.