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 10, 2021

Olivia Cooke at the #MiuMiuFW21 fashion show by #MiucciaPrada remotely from London.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 08, 2021

DEADLINENaomi Scott (Aladdin), Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), and Bel Powley (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) are starring in and executive-producing dark-comedy thriller podcast series Soft Voice.

The story follows a young woman (Scott) with a voice in her head that tells her what to do, leading to her extraordinary success. One day, the voice disappears — and a new one takes over.

Heralding from LA-based audio studio QCode, the 10-episode series is created by actor James Bloor (Barkskins). The drama will launch from March 17 on most major pod platforms.

Also exec-producing are Jordan Spence, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger, Rob Herting, and David Henning. Scott and Jordan Spence are producing the project under their New Name banner.

QCode was recently nominated for nine Ambie Awards including Podcast of the Year for drama Dirty Diana with Demi Moore. The company is also starting to turn a number of its audio series into TV and films.

Olivia Cooke is represented by CAA, Grandview, Artist Partnership and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman. Naomi Scott is represented by WME, M88, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Bel Powley is represented by UTA, Curtis Brown Group, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Bloor is repped by CAA, Grandview, 42 and attorney Huy Nguyen.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 07, 2021

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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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