‘ HOTD’ star Olivia Cooke recently shed light on how she suffered a “full mental breakdown” while filming at 22. The actress is currently playing the grown-up version of Alicent Hightower, the Queen consort in the recently released “Game of Thrones” prequel.
The actress, like several stars in “House of the Dragon,” shot to fame due to the popularity of the series despite being in the movie industry for years prior. Some other projects the 28-year-old was involved in over the years include “Ouija,” “Bates Motel,” “Sound of Metal,” “Thoroughbreds,” “Ready Player One,” and several others.
In a recent interview, Cooke reminisced on her time on the set of her previous projects and how tough some were for her. The actress revealed she once suffered a “full mental breakdown” while filming “Bates Motel”; however, she powered through.
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Olivia Cooke Said She Felt Lonely Filming ‘Bates Motel’
Cooke joined The Observer in a recent interview and talked about everything from her recent casting and fame to how she started her acting career at a young age. The 28-year-old also spoke about how she felt lonely while filming “Bates Motel” in Canada.
The A&E series saw Cooke play Emma Decody, Norman Bates’ girlfriend, and the show aired from 2013 to 2017. Speaking on the series, the “Vanity Fair” actress explained that she felt considerably grateful to the series due to how well it put her out there; however, she faced some struggles on set.
“I’m so grateful for that job, but I had a really tough time on it,” the 28-year-old admitted (per Yahoo). “The way the schedule worked, we all had different storylines, so a lot of my time was spent in this apartment in Vancouver, working once every two weeks.”
Olivia Cooke Had A ‘Full Mental Breakdown’
Cooke revealed that during that period, her loneliness worsened, and she fell into a full-blown depression which she was “very good at hiding.” Her mental state reportedly took a dive after the actress experienced the double shock of President Donald Trump’s election and Brexit.
The “Soft Voice” producer-star revealed that her situation worsened until she had a “full mental breakdown.” “It was a big old lovely cocktail: being homesick and not knowing it, having not stopped since I was 18, being on my own for large swathes of time,” Cooke revealed while describing the period. “It was bad, bad. Awful, actually.”
Instead of taking time off for her well-being, the actress revealed that she worked her way through the period. “I was very good at hiding it. If anything, I was like, let me escape myself.” It was around the same time the 28-year-old starred in two of her popular titles, “Ready Player One” and “Thoroughbreds.”
Her Mental Health Improved In Time
Cooke revealed that she saw some improvements after deciding to power through without paying any particular mind to her mental state.
In her interview, the actress revealed that in 2019, she finally felt some relief from “the incessant, persistent, anxious thoughts” which constantly troubled her. She further said that around that time, New York seemed to lose its appeal to her, and she considered moving back to London.
Cooke eventually did move back after splitting from her boyfriend, Christopher Abbott, who starred in “Girls.” The duo lived together and parted ways just before the pandemic broke out. After breaking up with him, she revealed that it gave her “another reason to come home.” “What was really healing was moving back to London,” Cooke added.
Olivia Cooke Revealed She Didn’t Watch ‘Game Of Thrones’
Cooke recently joined the cast of “House of the Dragon” as the adult version of Alicent, the daughter of King Viserys I Targaryen’s right hand. The actress reportedly bagged the role in late 2020 after a lengthy and intensely close-door audience process conducted over Zoom.
Despite bagging the lead role, the 28-year-old revealed that she had not seen the previous series, “Game of Thrones” yet. The reason, according to her, is because, like a small faction of people, the actress tried to “resist things that are popular.” Cooke added, “But to my own detriment because it’s really f*cking good.”
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