Olivia Cooke praises humble Steven Spielberg

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 April 2018
Olivia Cooke

Olivia Cooke

Olivia Cooke couldn't believe how "humble and kind" Steven Spielberg was when they worked on 'Ready Player One'

Olivia Cooke couldn't believe how "humble and kind" Steven Spielberg was when they worked on 'Ready Player One' together.

The 24-year-old actress was shocked by how kind the legendary director was and admits it took her a few weeks to get used to the idea of working with him.

She said: "What Steven is so great at doing is catching you off-guard, and being so humble, so kind and so generous with his time, that you don't necessarily feel like you're working with Steven Spielberg. It took a couple of weeks to get past that, but then after that, the novelty wore off, in the best way possible, where I was able to just work and forget that it's him and forget that he's been an idol of mine, since I was a child. I've seen nearly all his movies and I grew up watching him. I had to forget all of that, and then try to do some vulnerable acting stuff."

And Cooke loves the "energy" Spielberg has.

She added: "The energy that he has, the curiosity, and the zest and thirst for life and knowledge, I feel like I've never had that. I feel like, even though I'm a quarter of his age, I've never, ever been that full of beans, in the morning. It's just really inspiring. I wish I could be more like that."

Cooke was desperate to impress Spielberg on her first day that she ended up not giving enough.

She told Collider: "On the first day with Steven, we were doing motion capture, so I had my helmet on, which has four cameras and two lights, and I had all the dots above my face and I was in motion-capture gear. Mark Rylance was there, on the first day, as well, and we had a few scenes with him, and I was trying to do this really nuanced performance. I was really trying to impress, and he came up to me and was like, 'You're gonna have to be bigger because I can't see on the footage what you're doing with your face.' And I was like, 'Okay, I'll be bigger.'"

Ready Player One

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 20min
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance

Wade (Sheridan) lives in a city wasteland of rusting trailers called The Stacks, spending his days playing (along with nearly everyone else) in a VR world called the OASIS. But then OASIS’s creator dies; who will inherit his fortune? Eye-popping blockbuster, relentlessly entertaining but without much emotion or involvement.

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