Lindsay Grossman
June 12, 2015 6:00 am

It’s hard to believe, but Olivia Cooke is still fairly new to the American movie scene. Raised in Manchester, Cooke came to the states a few years ago and has successfully adopted an American accent, so much so that it’s actually shocking every time she is interviewed and starts speaking in her lovely British accent.

I first came upon Olivia when I started watching A&E’s hit drama, Bates Motel. Now, I’ll be honest. I wasn’t that excited for this show. At the outset, it just looked like a bastardization of Hitchcock’s Psycho, but I was forced into it and though I hate being wrong, I had to admit the show was captivating. A great part of that was due to Olivia Cooke’s character, Emma. Now, you’re all going to know her name due to a little movie called Me & Earl & The Dying Girl. She’s the next big thing (Seriously, J-Law level!). So, to help with you with the task of becoming Olivia Cooke fangirls, here’s a little list to assist.

She’s captivating in Bates Motel

Seriously, stop what you’re doing right now, go to Netflix, and binge watch the first two seasons of Bates Motel! It’s a dark, but very interesting character study of some seriously messed up people played by fantastic actors! To me, Olivia Cooke’s Emma is essentially the moral compass in the show. Emma has cystic fibrosis and has to drag around an oxygen tank everywhere she goes. She knows that her life span is limited, that she’ll probably not make it past 27. While people are getting murdered (and that happens a lot in Bates Motel), she’s discovering who she is and what she stands for.

You might recognize her from Ouija, The Signal, and The Quiet Ones

I put these all together because, really they’re all sort of in the same family. I feel like these are Olivia’s Winter’s Bone—small-budget thrillers that spotlight her breakthrough performances above all else.

She starred in two British miniseries: Blackout and The Secret of Crickley Hall

OK, so truthfully, I haven’t seen either one of Olivia’s first British television series appearances. But, don’t these pictures make you want to watch them?

Me & Earl & The Dying Girl is going to make her a star

Okay, I know I already mentioned it, but it deserves to be mentioned again. This movie, in theaters today, won all the major awards at Sundance (including the Grand Jury Prize) and it even got a standing ovation during its premiere. In it, she plays a high school student battling cancer who befriends two male classmates. She shaved her head and completely physically transformed for the part. Variety writes that Cooke “portrays her role with quiet dignity,” but don’t expect her to keep a low-profile after this breakout performance. She’s a star. No doubt.

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