WWD – Sophie Cookson recently appeared in a series of short films for Gemfields in which she donned jewelry with Gemfields Mozambican rubies. The British actress, who starred in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” alongside Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Chris Hemsworth, just wrapped filming “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” with Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and Halle Berry. WWD sat with Cookson to talk about her style, the Kingsman movie costumes and future projects.
WWD: Can you talk about “Kingsman: The Golden Circle?”
Sophie Cookson: No, Matthew Vaughn will murder me! But it is great, and the cast this time is just mind-blowing. I was just working with Michel Gavin the other day, who for me is just a complete legend. I have a Kingsman suit this time — which is about all I can say. That is so much fun. When in modern life do you ever get a suit made for you like that? I remember the first session we had, I was wearing what I thought was the finished suit. And it was like, “That is not right” and just ripping the arm off with such great force and thinking, “Oh, my god, you are ruining the suit,” but they know what they are doing, and it is great seeing masters like that.
WWD: In the first Kingsman film, did you have any favorite looks?
SC: Well, obviously the nightclub. That was a fun look to have, but just our Kingsman suits, all of our jumpsuits that we practice in. It is very cool, and I am all about that — cool and casual.
WWD: Did anything interesting happen while filming?
SC: There are always the days when the puppies come on set. That is always interesting, and hearing someone like Matthew Vaughn become a dog whisperer will remain with me for a very long time.
WWD: Can you tell us about filming the “Huntsman: Winter’s War?”
SC: Working with Chris [Hemsworth] is hilarious, nonstop. He’s been on the film for four months and is still sneaking around corners pretending to be a Ghostbuster or something. He’s got a heart of gold, and he always makes everyone around him smile.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD – Rising star Sophie Cookson has revealed how she and Gugu Mbatha-Raw used to sing and dance together as children – and now they’re film award rivals.
Cookson, 24, has been shortlisted for best female newcomer in the Jameson Empire Awards for her appearance in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Her fellow contenders include Mbatha-Raw, 31, who took the title role in international hit Belle, based on the true story of a mixed-race girl raised at Kenwood House in London in the 18th century.
Cookson, who shot spy comedy Kingsman straight after leaving the Oxford School of Drama two years ago, said her nomination in the awards – which are voted for by the public – felt unreal.
“The craziest thing for me is being in the same category as Gugu. She was just about to start going to drama school when I was about 10 and we were both in the National Youth Music Theatre.”
The actress added that she was thrilled her Kingsman co-star Taron Egerton, 25, is up for best male newcomer because it “just feels like a celebration of what we did”.
Cookson, who was raised in Sussex and Suffolk, got her first break at drama school, filming Sky’s adaptation of the novel Moonfleet with Ray Winstone. It was while she was on location in Ireland that she was sent the script for Kingsman, which also starred Colin Firth. “Colin was already attached at the time so I didn’t take it very seriously,” she said. “Why would I be in a film with Colin Firth? That’s ridiculous.” So she sent a video of herself as requested and moved on. “You learn to forget about these things.”
But she won the part. “Every day was a new challenge. It was a big baptism of fire. I’m incredibly lucky that Matthew thought I was the right person. He has opened so many doors for me.”
The Undercover Girl: Cookson, 24, beat out fellow Brit Emma Watson to play a spy in training in Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth and Sir Michael Caine.
Her off-duty uniform: She’s glammed up here, but the recent drama-school grad loves “nothing more than a good pair of boots, jeans, and a leather jacket,” she says. “Some days I just throw on a big scarf.”
How she chooses an outfit: “I seek comfort even when dressing for an awards ceremony. Jewelry helps to dress it up, and hair—big hair.”
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CATALOGUE – Sophie Cookson is waiting for the sun to come out so she can go borrow a dog. Not just any dog, she’s got her eye on one in particular who lives on her street in North London. “It’s a Welsh Terrier, so it’s kind of like a smaller version of an Airedale. But it’s not too small that it’s not really a dog anymore, it’s still a good size,” Sophie explains. “Yeah they’re vey cute, quite old mannish with a bit of a beard.” She admits, “I’m just desperate for a dog so I just have to pinch one”. She has impeccable manners, and I can only imagine that any kind of dog time-share situation would be traded with a plate of baked goods and the world’s sweetest smile.
It’s the kind of normalcy she’s enjoying, possibly while she still can. Sophie Cookson is no household name, but is being increasingly inked alongside phrases like ‘next big thing’ and ‘one to watch’. Helped in no small part by the story that the 24 year old beat out fellow English rose (but a decidedly more famous rose) Emma Watson, along with Bella Heathcote, to the role of Roxy in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. Vaughn has been praised in the past for his talent-scouting eye, casting up-and-comers Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz as the two leads in Kickass, and a pre-Bond Daniel Craig in Layer Cake. Like Kickass before it, Kingsman: The Secret Service is an adaptation of a Mark Millar comic. It’s being billed as the Kickass of the spy thriller genre: a refresher in the world of increasingly prosaic spy movie franchises.
The credits are stacked with some pretty big names: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L Jackson. As far as apprenticeships go, a young actor could do worse for masters. “Yeah it’s bizarre. Because I mean I never – in a million years – thought I’d be working with people like that,” Sophie says. It’s enough to make the first day at a new job fairly daunting. “I was incredibly nervous,” Sophie concedes. “But I thought that was pretty normal and pretty standard, trying to remind myself that everyone was probably feeling slightly anxious, it’s the first day and everyone’s settling in.”