Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   January 21, 2015

What’s one true stereotype about people from Manchester? People expect me to be rougher, which probably I am. And I’m not very artistic aside from the acting. We’re all warm and friendly, though: You’ve got a problem? Have a cup of tea. You’re feeling sick? Have a cup of tea. You’re sad? Have a cup of tea. Oh, you’re happy? Let’s have a cup of tea. You know?

What’s the buzz about Me & Earl & The Dying Girl? It’s not a cancer movie, but there is cancer in it. Everyone’s saying: Is it like The Fault in Our Stars? But it’s completely different. My film isn’t a love story; it’s about friendship. And it feels a lot more raw. When I revealed my bald head at Comic-Con last year, that got a lot of people talking. They were like, “Is she sick? Oh, no, she did it for a movie. What movie?” So that was the shocking aspect of my moon of a head.

Describe your character in one sentence. Rachel has this passion that was ignited because of the cancer, maybe because she hasn’t gotten an awful lot of time left.

What have you heard about the Sundance experience? Mad partying. I’ve just turned 21, so it’s perfect for me. I don’t really drink just because I haven’t been able to for so long.

A word of advice: Don’t start at Sundance. Right? I’ll be laying around and never get a job again. Already if I have one drink, I’m on the floor. So I’ll just have a sip. With other film festivals, there is an air of glamour, but Sundance feels like everyone is getting down and dirty in the snow.

What are you going to pack? I don’t want to wear a big coat because I don’t even own one. Probably a lot of skinny black jeans. I’ll try to look like a girl at least one night.

What do you think of Robert Redford? I don’t really know much about him. That’s bad, isn’t it? I know that my mum asked me if he’ll be there. I was like: I don’t know, but if he is, then I’ll text you.

What’s next for you? There is a rom-com in my future. And I’m not dying in this one.

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