Cooper was born in Corvallis, Oregon. He began performing when his parents forced him to learn the violin at age five. At 11, he saw his dad perform in, "The Pirates of Penzance," and was inspired to jump on stage, too. He continued acting in musicals and plays throughout his youth, and found that he really enjoyed the supporting characters who had a lot of flair. While studying for a Philosophy degree at the University of Oregon, he joined the award-winning male a cappella group, "On the Rocks." Cooper has traveled around the US on a motorcycle, and has toured with a gypsy jazz band in a purple bus that ran on vegetable oil. He and loves to talk philosophy, and has always played in rock bands.
We asked Cooper a few questions so that you could get to know him better...
Who is your biggest inspiration in the film industry and what kind of actor would you like to be?
My biggest inspiration is Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I love how he melds into every role, and has the ability to alter his appearance so much that you cannot recognize him. I remember seeing, "The Big Lebowski," and begin amazed to find out that he was the butler. It was such a funny role for such a dramatic actor! Coming in a close second is Tom Hardy. I admire that he is able to convey so much about his character in the smallest of gestures. The mental and emotional background is vividly apparent in the simplest motions that he makes. I want to be an actor like these two: someone who can meld with another mind and can convey the mental and emotional life of the character with every word and activity.
What is your favorite Movie? TV Show?
My favorite movie is, "Akira." The visuals and music in it are astoundingly beautiful, and the story is complicated and tragic. I like that you finish the movie feeling a sense of anger and compassion for the main character. Life is rarely simple, and movies like this give a profound reflection of it. My favorite TV show is, "True Detective." The identified strongly with the character that Matthew McConaughey played, and the sci-fi/noir story was right up my alley.
What is your favorite Book?
My favorite book is Naked Lunch. What a weird, twisted, perverted novel! This was one of my first "deviant" books that I ever read, and it has affected my creativity ever since.
I like Gambit. All of the X-Men are great. They have unique superhuman powers, but their powers don't make them transcendent, but rather outcasts. The whole story behind the X-Men is of them trying to find their place in the world. And I like how none of them get along. It's like superhero 90210. Gambit is the best because he's seductive and a loner among loners.