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Aussie actor Harry Cook on his ‘life-long’ friendship with co-star Geena Davis and how his life changed after his coming-out went viral

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In 9Honey’s weekly series Best Selfie, we present stars with old images from their Instagram feed to see how they react. Expect memories of joy, heartbreak, and insecurities, all retold through the lens of time. 

Australian actor Harry Cook scored his breakthrough role opposite Academy Award winner Geena Davis at age 17, in the film Accidents Happen. He has since starred in various TV shows, films and theatre productions both nationally and internationally and now even has a career as an author publishing fiction as well as his own memoir.

So when we sat down with him to chat about his old Instagram photos, he took us through all the moments – from some of his favourites, to others he would rather forget about.

And where better to start than with his ‘life-long’ friendship with Davis.

Harry Cook as he appears on 9Honey’s Best Selfie. (Nine)

“I had just signed with a small talent agency at that point”, Cook explains.

“The first movie I ever booked was with Geena Davis playing my mum.”

Cook cites Davis as being instrumental to his career, teaching him about the craft of acting and more importantly, how to behave on set.

Geena Davis, Harry Cook, Accidents Happen
The family from the Accidents Happen film including Larry (Harry Cook) and Gloria (Geena Davis). (Nine)

“I love her a lot,” gushes Cook.

In 2013, at age 22 and after years of struggling with his sexuality, the actor came out publicly on YouTube.

At the time, Cook feared the impact his coming out would have on his career, but knew he had to be true to himself.

“Life’s too short to be anyone but … yourself.”

The video, headlined with ‘Life’s too short to be anyone but… yourself’, went viral overnight and Cook became front page news in Australia, the UK and the USA.

Harry Cook, 9Honey, Best Selfie
A still from Cook’s YouTube video where he made the brave decision to come out publicly as gay. (Nine)

“That is a blast from the past,” Cook exclaims while watching the video almost a decade later.

“It blows my mind that I’ve been publicly out for almost 10 years”.

Cook remembers being invited to events while he was still in the closet, and being ‘too scared’ to attend as he was unable to bring his partner or be his authentic self.

The aftermath of the video led Cook down a path of activism, leading him to have a huge voice during the Australian Same Sex Marriage plebiscite in 2017.

Harry Cook, 9Honey, Best Selfie
Harry Cook as he appears on 9Honey’s Best Selfie. (Nine)

“I remember at the time, [so many people] wanted to do something and many didn’t know what to do. We put on these shirts and demanded political change.”

Cook’s part of the Say ‘I Do’ Down Under campaign led to a raft of celebrity support, most notably with Kylie Minogue personally delivering Cook a thank-you letter.

What did Minogue say to Cook? Watch the video above to find out.

Cook’s acting and activism journey also led him to writing. In 2018 he released his first book, a memoir, titled Pink Ink: Life’s Too Short To Be Anything But Yourself.

Harry Cook, 9Honey, Best Selfie
Harry Cook as he appears on 9Honey’s Best Selfie. (Nine)

In addition to showcasing Cook’s life, the book also details his intense battle with addiction and ultimately his resilience and push to find acceptance within himself.

“Publishing my first book was a real surreal process.”

“Writing it was hard, but it was kinda cathartic. But seeing the physical version of it [when it was done], just blew my mind”.

Cook also recently released his debut fiction book, Fin & Rye & Fireflies.

Watch Harry Cook’s reaction in the full episode of Best Selfie in the video above.

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