Luke Cook from 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' shows the funny side to The Dark Lord as he plays the suave Lucifer
Today is not the day we say "not today, Satan". Luke Cook, who plays the "devilishly charming" Lucifer Morningstar in Netflix's hit 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina', sat down for an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) to answer all the curious questions that have followed after Lucifer revealed he is Sabrina Spellman's (Kiernan Shipka) father.
"I loved that twist! I thought 'what a fun thing to play, the father of the woman whom I want to make my queen'," said Cook addressing how bizarre the idea was, even for Satan. Despite the lingering darkness in Part 2, Part 3 and 4 that will delve into hell, literally, Cook brims in humor, as he discusses what Satan thinks about the 'Church of Lilith' and what's next for Lucifer, who is currently trapped in the body of warlock Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leather).
The 32-year-old Australian actor who has already been dubbed as a "favorite Lucifer", talks about how his worst audition landed him the role and how challenging it was to intimidate Michelle Gomez while wearing a skin colored G-string. Cook will also be seen in upcoming psychological thriller 'Classified Killer'.
When the casting was underway, it was reported that the production team was looking for a man with an "ageless quality befitting the infamous fallen angel", who had to be "attractive, sophisticated and devilishly charming". Could you walk us through the audition process and how the role became yours?
I wasn’t sure how to act an "ageless quality", but I got the audition the night before I had to do it, did it the next morning, was called back that afternoon for producers. And I thought it was one of the worst auditions I’ve done. I walked out embarrassed.
The plot twist of season 2 finale was explosive. What was your reaction when you found out that Sabrina is Lucifer's daughter?
Well, I certainly wouldn’t say she’s a Christ-like figure, despite her heroism. I'd say being the spawn of the devil, she’s maybe the converse. I loved that twist! I thought 'what a fun thing to play, the father of the woman whom I want to make my queen'. It makes it extra strange and complex.
Fans are dying to know what happens in Part 3 and 4. What can you tease us about the coming season? What can we expect from Lucifer in particular and the show in general?
All I know is they’re coming to get Nick, (duh), I can’t say what’s going to happen to Lucifer, because I don’t know. I think there’s so much to explore, could he form an alliance with Lillith or Faustus? Could he share the throne? Or will he be killed with the spear of Longinus and the devil is dead? So many options, but I have no idea where they’ll go with it.
The story of Lilith and Lucifer is quite stirring. How would you describe Lucifer's relationship with Lilith?
One that started as loving, and became a relationship of an oppressor and oppressed. But I think there’s still lust there for sure!
Some of the Dark Lord's will was a breakaway from the patriarchy of the Church of the Night. How do you describe Lucifer and do you think there's goodness in him?
It’s hard to say really, the Church of Night brought order to the community, but obviously far too much of it. They were fascists. Now we’re in a state of chaos, nobody knows what’s happening, who’s in charge? What are the rules, are there any? Chaos can be just as bad and destructive as order. What Lucifer wants is to take Sabrina to fulfill the prophecy so they, together can rule over all with absolute power. Part of that is lovely because Sabrina would be a wonderful queen, but also, he would be there, and he is horrifically self-serving. But it certainly would be controversial if the devil was a feminist.
What was the most challenging scene to film in CAOS Part 2?
I had to shoot that scene with Michelle Gomez where I basically dominate her, make her feel small and tell her that I want Sabrina as my queen, all of which I had to do in a skin-colored g-string.
What does the Dark Lord think about the Church of Lilith?
I think he would look at it condescendingly and say "adorable".
Do you have any other projects that you are working on that you would like to share with us?
I just shot a movie called 'Classified Killer', a psychological thriller about a woman who secretly films people, shaming them on the internet, then she meets me and I shame her back in revenge.
Could you tell us a bit more about yourself and your journey from Australia to where you are now?
I’ve been in LA 10 years this year, so quite some time. It’s taken me a bit to really get going as a working actor, but it’s so worth it when you’ve struggled as I have. As an actor, you have to train like crazy so you’re confident whatever room you walk into, then I recommend getting rejected a thousand times, to toughen you up, then hopefully once that’s all done, you’re a competent enough actor to book work.
You have played Dorian Gray in 'The Librarians', what do you think about CAOS version of Dorian Gray?
He’s much better than I was. I had no idea what I was doing when I played him. But that was years ago, and I always remind myself that if you’re not embarrassed about who you were last year, then you’re not growing enough.
Luke Cook may play the Dark Lord, but his hilarious Instagram handle shows a different side of him. Here's one of many. Who knew Lucifer could be funny?