Cooper Raiff, Arriving Early to the Party
For a while, working behind the camera didn’t appeal much to Cooper Raiff.
“I never wanted to be a director,” he said.
“When someone says they want to direct, I’m like, ‘Who do you think you are?’”
But at 25, the overachieving actor, writer, and, despite his prior
sentiment, director, has made two bittersweet personal features
that have garnered both critical and industry notice.
“I didn’t like the idea of directing because directors need to really
bring everyone together and gain trust amongst the team and
that’s not my comfort zone,” he said.
But I’m really good at making sure people want to be around me. I think it’s about me not wanting to be alone.