Sound of Metal’s Olivia Cooke Talks ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Audition

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Olivia Cooke admits she did not know a lot about “Game of Thrones” when she first auditioned for its spinoff prequel, “House of the Dragon.” “When I learn the script, I hadn’t seen any ‘Game of Thrones,'” the British actor, 27, tells me from her London residence. “But then I binged it and now I’m obsessed.” It was introduced in early December that Cooke landed the function of Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Hand of the King Otto Hightower. “I had to take action many self-tapes,” Cooke says. “I used to be on maintain for ages.” She was supplied the job in October however needed to maintain mum for 2 months. “People would ask, ‘What’s up for you subsequent?’ and I’d must be like, ‘Nothing.'”

She insists she does not know what her wardrobe and hair and make-up will likely be like. “I’ve had one kind of preliminary becoming once they simply draped some cloth on me however that was it,” Cooke says. She has, nonetheless, learn some scripts – however she is, no shock, sworn and signed to secrecy.

She might be seen in Amazon’s awards-buzzy “Sound of Metal,” taking part in the lead singer of a heavy metallic band whose drummer boyfriend (performed by Riz Ahmed) loses his listening to. Of the movie’s large live performance scene, Cooke says, “The singing is rather like screaming. You simply scream. We did that efficiency about eight instances, after which I utterly misplaced my voice. You do it till you lose your voice.”

She skilled with New York City musician and performer Margaret Chardiet. “She taught me the way to scream and the guitar and the way to loop,” Cooke says. “The first time I met her, we went right into a sales space in a warehouse in Bushwick and he or she was like, ‘Just scream!’ But, I imply, when was the final time you screamed. I used to be actually nervous. I used to be laughing. I felt so embarrassed. But then I simply let it rip and it was actually cathartic.” Cooke was amazed by Ahmed’s command of the drums. “He simply seemed so highly effective,” she says. “It appears like as quickly as he beat the drum, he was going to go right through. But that is what that music is. It’s so full-bodied.”

When Paul Bettany was requested to satisfy with Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito in 2018, he assumed his time with “Avengers” and the MCU was over. “My contract was up, and I had simply died twice in ‘Infinity War,'” he says. When he walked into the room, the actor says he instructed the executives he was grateful for the work, however he understood their resolution. “They mentioned, ‘Are you kidding?’ and I mentioned, ‘Aren’t you firing me?'” Bettany, 49, recollects. Little did he know that they needed to speak to him about starring in what would turn out to be the Disney Plus collection “WandaVision,” which bows Jan. 15.

Wolfgang Puck is at residence recovering from again surgical procedure. “I had it two and a half weeks in the past, and it is lastly getting higher now,” the movie star chef, 71, tells me. He’s additionally awaiting the Jan. 14 premiere of HBO Max’s “The Event,” a four-part actuality collection about his catering enterprise tackling such gigs as feeding the 1,200 attendees of final 12 months’s SAG Awards. “It’s bittersweet in a means,” Puck says. “I believe it will be bizarre to simply watch it on TV for all of us and the workers as an alternative of really doing it this 12 months.”

Puck does not seem within the collection actually because he insisted the highlight be on this crew, particularly catering boss Eric Klein. “I’m not half of the catering on daily basis,” Puck says. “It’s actually Eric, not me, doing the exhausting work.”

And the collection, which was greenlit by Kevin Riley when he was president of HBO Max, doesn’t overdramatize their course of. In different phrases, there aren’t any requisite villains on this actuality collection. “It’s not one thing overrated or we’re making different individuals look loopy or imply,” Puck explains. “I simply needed individuals to see what is definitely happening behind the scenes.”

Puck stories that he lately was in a position to convey again some of his furloughed staff for jobs like getting ready 10,000 boxed meals for Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles medical heart. He hopes to rent again 75% of his employees for his L.A. eating places by spring. “But the best way it appears now, I do not even know if we’ll be opening in March,” Puck says. “It’s so dangerous. It actually reveals how inefficient the federal government is. It began all with Trump ignoring the issue.”

He was additionally hopeful that his firm’s most prestigious job, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Ball following the Oscars, could be a go when the Academy Awards have been pushed to April 25. “I actually do not assume something’s going to occur as a result of the best way they organized the vaccinations. It appears like it will take them a while to get it proper,” he says.

Gina Torres, who performed Cas within the second and third “Matrix” films, is shocked {that a} fourth movie is being made. “I’m so inquisitive about the place they are going with this and what’s their leaping off level and what story they needed to inform…as a result of it simply felt like they instructed it,” the actor, 51, says on this week’s Variety and that iHeartwork podcast “The Big Ticket.” Torres, who’s finest recognized for her work on as Jessica Pearson on “Suits,” is again on tv, becoming a member of the second season of “9-1-1: Lone Star” reverse Rob Lowe. “Being up near [Lowe], that does not disappoint,” she says, laughing. “It’s ridiculous. Like I was the beautiful one within the room, however I simply give that up.” Click here to listen to the fulI interview with Torres.

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