'Bates Motel's' Olivia Cooke: 'I'm not sexy, so I'll go for Emma'

Zap2it: On "Bates Motel," you play Emma Decody, a 17-year-old with cystic fibrosis. What was your first impression of her?Olivia Cooke: I got the [character description] for Bradley and the one for Emma, and I thought, "Well, I'm not sexy, so I'll go for Emma." She wasn't much in the first episode at all, but Emma's cool. She's supposed to be bright; she's eccentric, she's adventurous, she's spontaneous. Yet she has this disease as well, which is the total opposite of everything I've just explained, a life-threatening illness.I thought it would be so interesting to play, a chance to challenge myself.Zap2it: Did you do research?Olivia Cooke: I've done a lot. It's called the disease of the beautiful people, because on the outside, you can't tell they've got a disease. You can only tell because she's trailing the oxygen. We don't lean on the cystic fibrosis too much except in times of stress, times when she's...



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