Nothing says “summer” quite like a killer cheerleader movie with a twist. Enter All Cheerleaders Die. Rising star Amanda Grace Cooper stars as Hanna Popkin, a teenager just trying to fit in who swaps bodies with her sister in a turn of events, and a revenge plan against her former bullies ensues. All Cheerleaders Die won the award for Best Horror Film at France’s La Samain du Fantastique film festival and is in theatres now after its world premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. We caught up with Amanda Grace Cooper to find out more…
Tell us a bit about yourself. What should people know?
To start, my name is Amanda Grace Cooper. I began performing professionally by the age of 7 through dance. I then began my journey of becoming an actress by the age of 9. Both of my parents work in the industry as set decorators, so naturally I would, from time to time, come into work with them and study the other actors and watch them prepare for scenes. I then began playing drums by the age of 15. I am obsessed with making music. In general, I deeply love every aspect of performing. I’ve been a vegetarian since birth, and now happily vegan for the past six years. Oh yes… and I’m addicted to knitting!
Cheerleader movies have a huge cult following – Bring It On, for instance, is awesome. What makes All Cheerleaders Die so special and entertaining?
All Cheerleaders Die definitely is not your average “cheerleader flick.” We take you through a supernatural ride. Not only do we come back to life through Wiccan witchcraft, we then must feed off of humans in order to survive. This film revolves around revenge, and the cheerleaders seek revenge on the captain of the football team along with teammates. This movie will have you laughing, cheering, and most likely shrieking.
Obviously we have to ask: What were you like in high school? Cheerleader? Jock? Wallflower?
I most definitely did not fit in with the popular crowd – the “cool kids.” I can actually look back and see that I was a complete and utter wallflower. I hung out with the music lovers… Others, would probably classify our group as the outcasts.
What are three things you can’t live without?
My iPhone, Starbucks, and wet brush.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles, all the way! The food is 100% organic, and always tastes so fresh. Being a vegan all of my life, you tend to get bored of the restaurants you regularly visit. However, this adorable cafe, located in the heart of Larchmont, has always and will always be my absolute favourite.
What products are always in your beauty/grooming bag?
Chanel liquid foundation, Chanel powder, Chanel “Pirate” red lipstick, Maybelline mascara, NARS eyeshadow(s), Anastasia eyebrow pencil, Chapstick… Oh, and my wet brush!