From 'Bates Motel' to 'Ouija,' Olivia Cooke finds breakout in horror

Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:42pm EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sitting in a palm-tree lined cemetery in Hollywood promoting her latest film, "Bates Motel" actress Olivia Cooke says the impact of working in the horror genre has left her emotions on edge.

"Recently I did a scene on 'Bates' where I just cried, and the director was able to tap into something where my emotions just came flooding out," the British actress said in her native Manchester accent.

"My emotions are very readily available, which is weird. I've never had that, but that means I can cry at anything now. I'll cry at toilet paper."

Cooke, 20, may be best known for her role as Emma, a teen cystic fibrosis sufferer in A&E television's hit horror drama "Bates Motel," but she's capping off 2014 with her third horror movie, "Ouija," in theaters on Friday, just ahead of Halloween festivities on Oct. 31.

Cooke plays teenager Laine, who decides to seek answers from the spirit world with the help of an Ouija board after her best friend dies mysteriously, but Laine summons up something far more sinister in the process.

"Ouija," co-produced and distributed by Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures, was made for $5 million, according to IMDB.com. It is also produced by Hasbro Inc, the makers of the Ouija board game.

The film is expected to top the U.S. box office this weekend with $28 million, according to Boxoffice.com.

The film follows Cooke's roles in "The Quiet Ones," where she played a disturbed young woman haunted by a demon, and sci-fi horror "The Signal," where a group of friends are abducted on a road trip.   Continued...

 
Cast member Olivia Cooke poses at a press line for "Bates Motel" during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni