Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   November 10, 2020

In the latest issue of Heroine Magazine (Issue #13 with Dakota Fanning on the cover) : “Olivia Cooke has swerved conventional pathways for lived experience, portraying almost a decade’s worth of characters by the age of 26, whether lusting after Norman Bates as wide-eyed Emma Decody in Bates Motel, or gallivanting through a virtual universe in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. For this issue she is in conversation with friend and fellow actor Paapa Esidou (who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012 and received rave reviews for 2020’s BBC series I May Destroy You).”

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   November 10, 2020

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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   November 09, 2020

VARIETY – Going through the festival circuit has been part of the awards strategy for Amazon Studios’ “Sound of Metal,” which began its journey at Sundance back in January. As its awards prospects continue to grow for star Riz Ahmed in best actor, Variety has learned exclusively his co-star, Olivia Cooke, has been confirmed to campaign for best supporting actress for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year English actress has been building her acting resume for the last few years with standout performances in 2015’s “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and A&E’s “Bates Motel.” As distributor, Amazon Studios continues to mount a campaign for the film.

Following strong receptions out of Toronto, Middleburg and AFI Film festivals, Cooke could find some room to break through a seemingly thinner best supporting actress race, which has yet to reveal a traditional “frontrunner.” Although her performance is beautifully orchestrated, Cooke will have steep competition including Olivia Colman (“The Father”), Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”), Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) and Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”).

Aside from Ahmed and Cooke’s emotional and powerful turns, the film looks to be competitive for a nomination in categories such as best original screenplay (Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Cianfrance), sound (Nicolas Becker), editing (Mikkel E.G. Nielsen) and original score (Abraham Marder).

“Sound of Metal” tells the story of a heavy-metal drummer named Ruben (played by Riz Ahmed), who’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing. Cooke plays Lou, Ruben’s girlfriend.

The film is directed by Darius Marder, in his feature debut. Other stars include Paul Raci, Mathieu Amalric, Shaheem Sanchez and Chelsea Lee.

“Sound of Metal” will be released in select theaters on Nov. 20 and will be available on Amazon Prime Video Dec. 4.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   October 22, 2020

We caught up with the beautiful Olivia Cooke and got her to talk us through all of her faves.

Find out which celebs Olivia would love to be for the day and hear all about what happened when she met THE Tom Cruise!

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   October 14, 2020

METRO.CO.UKPixie’s Olivia Cooke on why you don’t have to be posh to act – and how she once got a piggyback from Harry Styles

Right now, the British film industry could do with Olivia Cooke as their poster girl.

The delightfully frank actress has been on a one-woman mission to re-populate ailing movie houses. ‘Since cinemas have been open, I’ve been going and I felt perfectly safe,’ she tells me. ‘There are measures put in place. You are socially distanced. You are masked the whole time.’ Even so, the 26-year-old from Oldham wants more Westminster backing. ‘I just hope that there is some relief that comes from the government.’ At a time when Hollywood is shifting releases to 2021 and Cineworld is temporarily closing, it’s a relief to hear someone like Cooke sticking up for cinema.

She does have a vested interest, after all. While she rose to fame on TV – in Psycho prequel Bates Motel and Vanity Fair – she’s also played the lead in Steven Spielberg’s big-screen thriller Ready Player One, an experience so nerve-wracking ‘you’re having to take yourself to the toilet just to remind yourself to stay cool!’ Now she’s back in Pixie, a charming road movie about to park itself in cinemas.

We last met on set in Belfast – the petite Cooke looking super-cool in a red leather coat – when she’d been hanging out with Alec Baldwin, who plays a gangster priest (‘he was really hospitable’). A year on, Cooke’s back in London after giving up her New York apartment. Pixie is the last thing she did, thanks to Covid-19. ‘The whole year got decimated!’ she sighs, ‘but everyone’s in the same boat.’

A breezy comedy caper that feels like the Irish answer to True Romance, Pixie casts Cooke in the title role: a shrewd schemer who gets involved with two dopey lads (Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack) who come into possession of a stash of drugs. ‘I think her impulse for fun and adventure is very much in me and her curiosity too,’ Cooke says. ‘But I think she’s quite cutthroat… if I was that cutthroat, I’d be thinking about it for years and years.’ Like her callous student in Thoroughbreds, Pixie is another fine example of Cooke’s ability to play offbeat-but-credible women.

‘These off-kilter, messy, women – who aren’t the archetypal leading ladies – have maybe showcased what I can do a bit more than if I was just playing a run-of-the-mill manic pixie dreamgirl that was imagined from a teenage boys’ bedroom!’ Pixie also recalled women she grew up around. Like? ‘My mum, obviously. Who I think is a very strong lady. She brought up two daughters on her own [after divorcing Cooke’s father] and then my sister [Eleanor], who’s 21. Who just says it like is it. Doesn’t give a s*** about being flowery with her words or who she offends. She will just be honest to a fault, which I quite admire, even though you’ve got to have a tough skin around her.’ Cooke joined a theatre workshop when she was eight, and began auditioning a few years later, even landing in One Direction video Autumn Term, getting a piggyback ride from Harry Styles.

‘Oh God, yeah,’ she groans at the memory. ‘I was 17. They weren’t famous at all, and my Manchester agent just said it was a local pop group! I didn’t have to go into my cafe job and I got £250!’

Fortunately, she went on to bigger things, playing Christopher Eccleston’s daughter in TV drama Blackout. It was an inspirational moment meeting the former Doctor Who. ‘He’s a Salford lad. I just thought, “Oh, God, you’ve had the same beginnings as me. And you are, especially in Britain, a household name, and you stuck to the core of who you are.” I think when I did that, [acting] felt a lot more accessible.’ Prior to lockdown, Cooke worked with Riz Ahmed (the upcoming Sound of Metal), John Boyega (Naked Similarity) and Jack O’Connell (in Little Fish), all lads putting to bed the idea that you need to be posh in Britain to act. ‘Just because we didn’t go to public school, and we didn’t get the proper training at Rada doesn’t make us any less equipped for the job or make us any less intelligent,’ Cooke argues. ‘We just have a lot more life experience, which is great for the job that we do.’ Well said.

Like most of us these past months, Olivia Cooke has been sitting on her sofa doing the whole box-set thing. So what were her lockdown TV treats? First off was Normal People, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones in a painful love story. ‘Normal People came at a time when I was on my own in my flat. And I just thought “This is diabolical! What the show is doing to me shouldn’t be allowed!”’ She also loved Michaela Coel’s sex abuse drama I May Destroy You. ‘I was absolutely just blown away. I thought it was so nuanced and so beautiful. Like nothing I’d seen before.’ Then it was time for Sky Atlantic’s I Hate Suzie, with Billie Piper as an actress who gets her phone hacked. ‘It just really holds a torch to the entertainment industry and how we’re all such reprobates!’ We’re all just flailing madly trying to make sense of our lives. I mean, we all are, aren’t we? Especially this year.’