Emrhys Cooper, Writer/Director/Actor/Producer: I didn’t really have a secure place to live. I lived in about eight different homes and at one point I actually became homeless and I lived in my car off Mulholland. So that was really a lot and I was quite proud, so I didn’t want to tell anyone.
Film Courage: Skipping forward to 2008, why were you confident that you could become an actor, come to Los Angeles, and be in this crazy town full of crazy people?
Emryhs: I’m quite a fearless kind of person and I always just gamble on myself I guess. I left home when I was 16 to pursue the arts. I left England to come to LA at 23. I watched a documentary about Hollywood and the studio system in the 40’s when I was about 13 years old and I just thought it looked really magical (storytelling). I had quite a rough upbringing being bullied and just a lot of kind of…it was hard you know. I think I had this life outside of the dark situation in movies that was my escape and I just kind of thought of Hollywood as just a magical land and it really is. I mean there’s obviously all the stereotypes about LA exist but I just wanted to experience it and I’ve never been to America. I saved up money from my last musical theater job and got on the plane. I actually forgot my wallet which was so…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
A native of Devon, England, Emrhys Cooper is an award-winning director, writer, producer and actor based in Los Angeles. He has enjoyed on-screen success in Person of Interest, Desperate Housewives, CSI: NY and the film Mamma Mia! He soon ventured into the world of production, which included such accomplishments as the romantic comedy Walk a Mile in My Pradas (Amazon Prime Video) and the dramedy Til We Meet Again (Netflix/Amazon Prime Video). In 2017, Cooper starred in and spearheaded the most widely-released Bhutanese film of all time, Kushuthara: Pattern of Love. Early 2018 marked Cooper’s directorial debut with the critically acclaimed LGBT short film, Trophy Boy [Cannes Film Festival Official Selection 2018], which is in development as a television series. Cooper now serves as a writer, producer, director and actor on The Shuroo Process, executive produced by Zachary Quinto and starring Rainey Qualley, Tommy Dorfman and Fiona Dourif, which is set to hit the 2021 festival circuit. As President of his newly founded independent entertainment company, Idyllwild Pictures, Emrhys aims to explore the unexplored in the film industry by directing and producing films that focus on thought provoking topics in today’s society. Up next, he’ll be seen in Gravitas Ventures’ dark comedy Paint, as well as Samuel Goldwyn’s recently announced horror thriller, Dreamcatcher.
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