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Olivia Cooke: Bald cap made my head bulbous

Published 16/10/2015

Olivia Cooke
Olivia Cooke

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl star Olivia Cooke thinks shaving her head was the best thing she could have done for the role.

Actress Olivia Cooke panicked after trying on a bald cap for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as she worried it would look "bulbous" with her hair underneath, so she shaved her head.

The 21-year-old star put on a heart-warming performance as terminally ill teenager Rachel in the movie, who loses her tresses after being treated for leukemia. Olivia wanted to do the role justice, so underwent a drastic change of appearance to nail her character's look.

"When they were auditioning actresses for the movie, it was never said that the actress would have to shave her head - it was like, 'Oh no, you know, wear a bald cap, it’ll be fine,'" she recalled to Into the Gloss. "But then two weeks before filming, going into production, I sent the director a really panicked email saying bald caps look awful even if you use the best make-up artist and hairstylist in the world. I’ve got so much hair and it’s going to look so bulbous... it’s going to take everyone out of the movie and I don’t want anything that I’m doing to tamper with the honesty of the script. So we shaved my head, and it was the best thing I ever did for the role and for the performance."

Olivia was amazed by the sensation when rubbing her scalp after shaving her hair off. It made her realise that she doesn't need lustrous locks to feel beautiful in her own skin, and the new look actually boosted her confidence when it came to meeting new people.

As she promoted the movie Olivia recalls her eczema was "raging", causing her to be selective about the skincare she used. While it's not as bad now, the star is still careful about what beauty products she purchases.

"I only wash my face with a blemish controlling face wash and a toner and a moisturiser at night," she explained. "Then in the morning I just rinse my face in the shower and leave it because I think, for me, less is more."

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