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Welcome to Olivia Cooke Fan at oliviacookefan.com, your ultimate online source for everything Olivia Cooke. She is an English actress. She currently co-stars as Emma Decody in the American television series Bates Motel, airing on A&E. Prior to this, she appeared in the British miniseries Blackout and The Secret of Crickley Hall. In 2014, Cooke starred in three supernatural thriller films: The Quiet Ones, The Signal, and Ouija. Her next role is in the upcoming comedy, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, where she will play the titular female lead. Here you will be able to find the great quantity of information, photos, videos, news and a lot more about the actress. Here is a fact of fans for the fans. Here is NOT an official page neither do not we have contact with Olivia. If you have any questions and/or comments please be sure to visit our contact page and contact us regarding anything. Thanks for visiting.
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The Limehouse Golem (2016)
Olivia as Lizzie Cree
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Status: Post-Production
Release Dates: 2016 (UK)
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Katie Says Goodbye (2016)
Olivia as Katie
Genre: Drama
Status: Post-Production
Release Dates: 2016 (USA)
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Thoroughbred (2017)
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Genre: Drama, Thriller
Status: Post-Production
Release Dates: 2017 (USA)
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Ready Player One (2018)
Olivia as Samantha Evelyn Cook / Art3mis
Genre: Drama
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Release Dates: 2018 (USA)
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Finally the first trailer was released. Her movie Katie Says Goodbye was part of the competition at the Deauville American Film Festival this week.

September 9, 2017        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Katie Says Goodbye , Videos

I’ve updated the photo gallery with 12 portraits of Olivia for 2016 Toronto Film Festival – “Katie Says Goodbye”. Make sure you check them out clicking the thumbnails below. Enjoy!

Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots from 2016 > Session #2 – 2016 Toronto Film Festival – “Katie Says Goodbye” Portraits #1

October 17, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Katie Says Goodbye , Photos , Photoshoots

Olivia attended the US Open Tennis Championships with her “Katie Says Goodbye” co-star Christopher Abbott in New York City on September 7, 2015. Thanks to Mel who donated the pictures to me.

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September 13, 2015        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Katie Says Goodbye , Photos , Public Appearances

Olivia Cooke: ‘Mysterious and quirky characters are more alluring’

Oldham girl Olivia Cooke delivers a powerful performance playing terminally ill Rachel in the indie hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Here she talks about life in New York, shaving her hair and why she dislikes ‘sexy girl roles’

I walked past a shop the other day, a really beautiful shop, that was dedicated to just hot sauce,’ Olivia Cooke is telling me, in wide-eyed astonishment and a rich, rolling Lancashire burr. The 21-year-old actress, born and raised in Oldham, has been living in New York for only five weeks and is revelling in the randomness of its retail outlets. ‘I love it here,’ she enthuses. ‘But you do see some really ridiculous things.’

You may not yet be wholly familiar with the young Briton, but chances are you very soon will be. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, in which Cooke plays Rachel, a teenager with terminal cancer, premiered to a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and won the Grand Jury Prize, in no small part thanks to Cooke’s powerful but understated performance.

The film’s director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, can’t praise her highly enough. ‘I want the world to know who she is, but at the same time, I want to keep her for myself,’ he gushes. ‘She has an amazing instinct, a naturalness and an authenticity to her performances – I believe everything she does.’

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, as its bleakly irreverent title suggests, is not some predictable, romantic weepie, but a tragi-comic tale of a platonic friendship between Rachel and Greg (played by Thomas Mann). ‘Nearly all my friends are boys, and that’s something I often don’t understand in films,’ Cooke says. ‘There’s always that sexual tension, [as if] the only reason the guy is doing something for the girl is because he wants a gratuitous snog at the end of the film. That’s not what happens in real life.’

It is a hot, humid Saturday afternoon when Cooke and I meet at a restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village. She arrives in Doc Marten boots and a black playsuit, refreshingly unfiltered, straight-talking and self-deprecating from the start. ‘I feel like I’ve gained new sweat pores. I’m sweating in places I’ve never sweated before,’ she laments.

Tucking into a hearty bowl of chicken tagine, she confesses that career opportunities have meant a rather nomadic lifestyle of late, and she had been itching to put down some roots. ‘I’ve never really lived anywhere apart from my mum’s house. And it’s been three years of moving around all the time, living in hotels, and I wanted to settle,’ she says. She decided on Park Slope, a well-heeled Brooklyn neighbourhood, where hot-sauce shops can support a trade. Moving to America full-time was not in her game plan until a few months ago, however, when she filmed the forthcoming Katie Says Goodbye, another independent production, in which she stars as the title character, a 17-year-old waitress stuck in a small Arizona town, who turns to prostitution.

‘Doing Katie Says Goodbye really changed my life and who I wanted to be,’ she says. ‘I’d always thought I’d move to London and make my life there, but everyone I met on that film lived in New York, and they were the most creative, generous people I’d ever met. I thought, if my being in New York helps me meet more people like that, I want to be there.’

Cooke also has a regular television gig, as Emma Decody in the US-made series Bates Motel, and this autumn will be shooting the film adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, alongside Alan Rickman and Douglas Booth.

She has a New York-based boyfriend, a fellow actor, but is unwilling to talk about him. ‘I don’t think he’d like that. I’m helping friendly relations between Britain and America though,’ she jokes. ‘But it’s quite hard – he’s in a play at the moment, so we’re on this weird theatre schedule. I see him on Mondays, or at night for nine hours when we are both sleeping.’

To me, she seems admirably self-sufficient, striding around New York solo at 21, but she confesses to finding it lonely. ‘I have a tough time doing things on my own. I get really miserable. I hate my own company,’ she says simply, without self-pity. ‘I came to New York with a seven-year-old’s mentality, thinking that if I just smiled at people, they’d be my friend, like at Kids’ Club in Majorca, and I’d have a whole gang by the end of the week,’ she says, laughing.

Research for her role as Rachel in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl included visiting a cancer ward in Los Angeles, to meet a 16-year-old girl suffering from leukaemia and awaiting a bone-marrow transplant. ‘I didn’t want to go in asking questions like, “How do you feel? Do you expect you’ll make it?’’?’ Cooke says. ‘So we just talked about pop culture. She had all these One Direction pictures on the wall, so I told her about being in this ridiculous video for them [in 2012, she appeared in the video for Autumn Term, as a student getting a piggyback from Harry Styles], and it was her doctors I talked to about the nitty-gritty.

‘I felt like a bit of an idiot,’ she admits. ‘These people are living it, and I was there saying, “I’m playing a girl who has cancer in a film.” It sounds ridiculous.’ She pauses. ‘I suppose everything does when you put it all into context.’

It was the teenage leukaemia sufferer who asked Cooke if she was going to shave her head for the film. ‘I hadn’t really thought about it until that point,’ she admits. After a few days pondering the options, she emailed Gomez-Rejon. ‘I said, “Bald caps look so shit. Let’s just shave my head.’’ It was weird. When I shaved it off I looked like a greyhound,’ she says with a laugh.

‘I thought it would grow back really fast and in five months I’d have a bob.’ She tugs at her still-gamine crop and raises an eyebrow. ‘This is a year on…’ (She does, however, wear a $10,000 wig in Bates Motel, for continuity reasons.)

Growing up in Oldham, with a sister five years her junior, Cooke didn’t see too many films, she admits, apart from blockbusters such as Titanic and teen fare like 13 Going On 30. ‘I didn’t know what the Criterion Collection [a video distribution company specialising in classic and contemporary films] was until I met Alfonso,’ she admits. ‘He’s been introducing me to a lot of films.’

Cooke’s father is a retired police officer now working as an attendance officer at her former secondary school, while her mother is a sales representative for a food manufacturer. She is not entirely sure where the acting gene came from. ‘I tried gymnastics and ballet, but nothing really stuck,’ she recalls. ‘And then, at eight, I found the Oldham Theatre Workshop and [discovered] I just loved performing. That stuck for almost 10 years.’

She makes no attempt to dress up the details of her early CV. ‘I got a local talent agent in Manchester, and did a few cringey adverts and some modelling jobs,’ she says. At 18 she was cast as Christopher Eccleston’s daughter in the television drama Blackout, her first professional acting role. At the theatre workshop, however, her classmates were auditioning for drama school, so Cooke did too, and made it to the final round for Rada.

‘It was a horrible auditioning process,’ she tells me. ‘There was a voice teacher who singled out me and this girl from Wigan because we both had northern accents. He told me to run on the spot while I was reading a monologue, and he was thumping me on the back really hard. I knew then that I hadn’t got in,’ she says.

The day she got her rejection letter, though, she also heard that she had won the role of Jane Harper, a young woman apparently possessed by a violent demonic spirit, in the supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones, alongside Jared Harris and Sam Claflin. It is an intense performance in a film that is as exhausting to watch as it must have been to act in, but Cooke didn’t see it that way.

‘I was 18. It was my first film, and only my third ever job,’ she says. ‘I was barefoot and running around in knickers and a white smock the whole film. In-between scenes, we would sing songs from West Side Story – it felt like we were a travelling theatre company or something.’ She was also made up to be bruised, battered and bloody on a daily basis, and her co-star Claflin has commented on Cooke’s comfortableness with ‘playing ugly’.

There were several further outings in the horror genre – namely Ouija and Bates Motel – and she says she was keen to avoid becoming pigeonholed. ‘When Me and Earl came along, I was so relieved,’ she says. ‘I don’t want to scream at imaginary objects any more.’

Nor, however, is she keen to be considered for what she calls the ‘sexy girl roles’. ‘I’ve never acted in that way, I’ve never been like that. I think characters who are mysterious and quirky are so much more alluring than a girl who has just got it all out on show,’ she says.

There will, though, be plenty on show in the forthcoming Katie Says Goodbye. ‘It was wonderful. I had no inhibitions, and by the end of the film I was like: everyone should be naked, all the time,’ Cooke says. ‘It sounds pretentious, as an actor, to talk about “being in the moment”, but I don’t think I’d ever really known what it felt like until I did this movie and could truly let go of any insecurity or inhibitions I had with my body.’

While Cooke is incredibly proud of the film, she has already warned her mother not to watch it. Has her family always been supportive of her rather non-linear career? ‘Erm… in some ways,’ she says. ‘There was a period of about two months after I got my second job, on [the 2012 BBC television miniseries] The Secret of Crickley Hall, when I didn’t work at all, and my mum was panicking. She understands it all much more now, and is very proud. And she’s the person I call at one in the morning.’

We head to the subway and catch a train back to Brooklyn together, Cooke having eschewed offers of a car service to take her home. ‘I don’t understand why some actors and actresses get too big to do certain things,’ she says. ‘I think it’s really important to do normal things – still go down the shop to get milk – so you can play normal people. How else are you going to be convincing, as a policeman, for example, if you don’t integrate? And no one gives a shit here anyway, about who you are, or what you’ve been in. And even if they did care, they’d never let you know.’

New York, we conclude, is quite like the north of England in that sense. Except, as Cooke points out, her accent seems to give her some currency here. ‘I’ve always felt a bit embarrassed by my accent before, and felt I’d maybe be at an advantage if I was more plummy,’ she confesses. ‘But people here seem quite charmed by it.’
I’d say it is far more than the accent that they are charmed by.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is released on September 4

Source: Telegraph UK

August 23, 2015        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Interview , Katie Says Goodbye , Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’s Olivia Cooke Doesn’t Want To Play The “Sexy Girl”

Olivia Cooke refused to fake it.

While preparing for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, the indie film out tomorrow in which she plays a teenager with cancer, the actress visited the UCLA children’s hospital and met a young patient with leukemia, who had one question for her: “‘Are you going to shave your head?’”

“At that point, I hadn’t really thought about it,” admitted Cooke, 21, sitting in the Refinery29 photo studio on a recent afternoon. “I wouldn’t want anyone watching the film to think I’m a phony. I wanted to be as honest and raw as possible.”

That meant nixing the rubbery cone-head route that many actors resort to when portraying terminally ill characters. “Bald caps look like shit,” she said matter-of-factly. “Even if you get the best makeup artist in the world, you’re still going to be able to tell it’s a bald cap. And I have so much hair, I’m going to look like an alien. I’m going to look like Mars Attacks!” So Cooke told her team there was only one solution: “Let’s just shave the head.”

And shave it she did — on camera, no less — committing to the part in a way that few actors her age have the guts to do. Her refusal to be a “phony” paid off. Since Me and Earl premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the Manchester, U.K., native has been earning raves for her portrayal of Rachel, a loner who develops a deep friendship with two fellow misfits (played by Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler). Cooke is thrilled that this tender little movie about kids who don’t fit into tidy, predetermined boxes is connecting with audiences.

“Rachel isn’t stereotypical,” explained the actress, best known for playing Norman Bates’ pal Emma on A&E’s Bates Motel. “She’s not riddled with all these insecurities. She likes herself, she’s self-confident, she’s happy. I think it’s really important that more teenage characters like that get written, instead of depicting these angsty teenage girls who are riddled with hormones and just lash out. I think I can speak for a lot of teenage girls that aren’t [like] that and have a lot more to say than who their crush is. They’ve got self-motivation. They’re not motivated by trying to kiss the boy or feel attractive. They just want to do stuff for themselves.”

Delightfully forthcoming and self-assured herself, Cooke gamely answered a few more of our questions.

Me and Earl is about a very close friendship. What was it like to play that with Thomas Mann, someone you didn’t know?
“We were the first two people to chemistry-read together, and so the night before [the audition], we had dinner — that really awkward blind date set up by our managers. The day after, when we auditioned together, it was really electric. We went out of the audition thinking we got the roles because it went so well. Then we had to chemistry-read with other people, and we felt like we were cheating on each other. But then, luckily, he got the role — and we were already good friends by the time we arrived on set, so there was no weird, forced hanging out in Pittsburgh [where the movie was shot]. We just genuinely wanted to hang out with each other. And RJ as well.”

Ah, Pittsburgh.
“No, it was wonderful! It was in the summer. We watched Jake Bugg, watched Arctic Monkeys, there were all these excursions that we did — rented a boat on a lake. It was lovely. I had a really, really good time. It was like summer camp.”

You mentioned that your Me and Earl character, Rachel, is not stereotypical. It’s important that movies show women as dynamic as opposed to rehashing tired old archetypes.
“I think that’s happening more — more so than not. I always find it odd when I watch a film and the woman is still two-dimensional, and either the really hot girl or the mean old woman. I’m just like, Whoa, this is really dated for the 21st century. So, I think it’s happening more than not, but still, there’s a long way to go.”

Your hair has grown out and it looks lovely now.
“It has been nine months, and this is all I’ve got! I thought it would be so much longer by now. I thought, Oh, in five months, I’ll have a bob, I’ll be fine. Shave it, shave it off. It just took so long. It was rough.

“I never realized how walking down the street, I’d get looks from men, and how much I relied on that to feel pretty or feel desired. And then, when you take away your hair, that’s — for the most part — the biggest defining feature of a woman, her identity. Walking down the street, when it was to the scalp, I would get awkward glances because people thought I was sick, or they chose to ignore me because it made them feel uncomfortable.

“Then when it came to be a buzz cut, I just remember getting no attention anymore, and it just made me really angry about how unattainable these friggin’ beauty standards are. What if I really did lose my hair? I’m still the same person. Luckily, I had a boyfriend at the time who made me feel pretty, so that was nice, but if I had been single, it would have been very miserable. Maybe I did rely on that too much, but it would have taught me to be more self-loving.”

It’s complicated. You don’t want to believe it, but especially as young women, the journey is like, Okay, how does this come from inside myself and not from what people around me are saying?
“I think it would have been fine, but it was the summer, I was in L.A., and I was surrounded by beautiful Amazonian women, all in their fucking Lululemons, with the same hair, same Victoria’s Secret hair. I’m just like, Fuck off, all of you. I’m walking down the beach with my boyfriend looking like a Make-A-Wish. Honestly.”

Can you talk a little bit about the beauty standards you mentioned, and how you’ve dealt with them in your career?
“You struggle with that all the time. Especially when you’re auditioning for roles that are in bigger budget [movies], where they want to put more bums in seats, at the end of the day, it all comes down to how you look. It’s really depressing, and those are the sort of movies and films I’m just not interested in. If I get the breakdown, and it’s like: ‘Sexy, beautiful, doesn’t know it.’ I’m like, ‘Next.’ That’s why I’ve [never] played the pretty, sexy girl, because I don’t want to. I’m not that person. It’s just boring. I love the roles where I get to be raw, and no makeup and head shaved, whatever. I just did a film where it was just full-frontal nudity, and it was so freeing. Everyone should be naked all the time.”

Was that Katie Says Goodbye? [Ed. note: The movie, about a 17-year-old who becomes a prostitute, is an indie currently without distribution or a release date.]
“It was incredible. I think that’s important, especially in America, to sort of erase the taboo of sex and make more of a taboo of having such violence in films. You’re more likely to see someone’s head being blown off than you are [to see] two people having a loving, intimate relationship. It’s so bizarre.”

You haven’t played the “pretty girl,” but you have done some darker stuff, like the horror movie The Quiet Ones and of course, Bates Motel.
“Yeah, it wasn’t a trend. I literally had just got an agent in America, and [Bates Motel] was my first job that I got off an audition tape. I never even thought about the genre of it. It was just an amazing opportunity I couldn’t pass up. So I didn’t seek out that genre; it just kind of happened.”

What can we expect next season?
“I have no idea. I know my character’s off to get a lung transplant. If she survives, who knows?”

Do you have your next project lined up?
I’m doing a movie with Alan Rickman, a murder mystery. It’s incredible, called The Limehouse Golem. I got to shoot that in England, Barcelona, and Belgium.

Do you have a dream director or project?
“I want to carry on working with [Me and Earl director] Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Wayne Roberts, who I just did Katie Says Goodbye with. He’s a great writer. I’ve got some stuff on my own that I want to write with him because I just don’t have the means. I have it in my head, but then I come to write it on paper and the dialogue is just like, ‘Where are you going?’ It sounds so robotic, it’s just awful. I don’t know, I’m not very starry-eyed when it comes to actors and directors because you could meet someone, and they could be dicks, and then it doesn’t really work well, and then you have the worst time ever. Saying that, Scorsese would be amazing.”

Who inspires you to feel more confident?
“My mum inspires me. She’s so beautiful, she’s so natural. She’s 52, has had two kids, has a wobbly stomach but will still bang out a bikini on the beach and doesn’t give a shit. We’ll be in the ocean being pounded by the waves, and her bottoms will come down, and she’s like, ‘Oh, shit, nipples out.’ I’m like, ‘Mum.’ But she just doesn’t care. And who inspires me as an actress? I think Kate Winslet is very brave. The way she looks is secondary to the parts that she gets, and the parts [she gets] she does friggin’ amazingly. She’s awe-inspiring. She’s had three kids and she looks like a woman and she’s beautiful for it. And she’s still got a career and three kids, and Hollywood hasn’t ousted her.”

If you could offer one piece of advice to young women to help them build confidence, what would it be?
“I’d say stop waxing your pubes off. We have hair down there for a reason. It’s sexy. You wouldn’t want your mum to be completely shaven down there. It’s weird; it looks like an elephant’s trunk. Stop waxing every square inch of your body, just embrace it. Down there, where only you and your partner sees it, who gives a shit, really? And if he doesn’t like it, get rid of him — because it says more about him than it does about you.”

Source: Refinery29

June 11, 2015        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Interview , Katie Says Goodbye , Me and Earl and the Dying Girl , The Limehouse Golem

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