Clare Cooney Answers Five Questions

Clare Cooney Answers Five Questions

Clare Cooney has had quite a run in the past year with her award-winning short film RUNNER, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, and now as one of the leads in Michael Glover Smith's feature RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO. You can click here to watch RUNNER today and here to follow RENDEZVOUS on its fest run... But first, Clare stopped by for Five Questions with SCREEN...

SCREEN: In the spirit of RUNNER, what is your greatest athletic achievement?

CLARE: HAH! Ummm.... honestly...filming RUNNER? The most I’ve ever run at one time is probably about 5 miles, but that’s just jogging. On our first day of filming we knocked out all the running shots, so I probably sprinted around 6 miles throughout the day, which is very different than jogging. I was completely physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of the day, and I had to ice my legs the next day, I was so sore. Aside from that, I played Volleyball and Soccer a bit in high school. I probably had some exciting accomplishments as a volleyball player, but I was primarily a theater kid.

SCREEN: In the spirit of RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO, who is the most famous person you've ever met?

CLARE: Probably Viola Davis. I spent some time with her on the set of WIDOWS.

SCREEN: Favorite guilty pleasure TV show?

CLARE: Oof. Can’t believe I’m admitting this. The Bachelor. I love it. It’s candy. I’m in a fantasy league. And I’m good at reading people, so I often win. Shameful, I know, but at least I’m making a few bucks off of my guilty pleasure :)

SCREEN: Best 4th of July ever?

CLARE: July 4th, 2014. I was training at School at Steppenwolf at the time, which is basically a very rigorous summer camp for adult actors, so I had all these new, wonderful friends. We were very close since we were going through such intense training together. It was a warm and beautiful night, we had a potluck and sparklers, and everyone was so happy. Later that night I went up on the roof of my friend’s office (we probably weren’t allowed to do that, but we did it anyway) and we had a 360 view of fireworks all around the city. It was pretty magical.

SCREEN: Your go-to karaoke song? Why?

CLARE: Don’t Stop Me Now, by Queen. I can mostly hit all the notes, and I get to be very theatrical and over the top while singing it, which is the point of karaoke. Right?


SCREEN: Best advice you’ve ever been given?

CLARE: This isn’t advice that was directly given to me, but this great Kurt Vonnegut quote has always stuck with me, and I try to always keep in mind: “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.” It takes practice to appreciate what you have.

You can click here to watch RUNNER today and here to follow RENDEZVOUS on its fest run