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Meet Cooper van Grootel from One Of Us Is Lying, One of the Cool Guys

We caught up with Cooper van Grootel from Peacock's "One of Us Is Lying" to talk about his move from Australia to LA, his film "Go Karts," and the chemistry between him and his co-star Marianly Tejada who plays Bronwyn.

Cooper van Grootel from the upcoming NBC Peacock show One of Us Is Lying from Karen McManus.
Photography by Rachel Palumbo

You may know him as the slicked back, bleach-blond racer who exudes confidence on Netflix’s Go Karts. Dean's the bad boy with the beefed-up kart on his side, and the phrase “I am unbeatable” booming in the back of his head as he starts his engine and waits patiently for the race to begin. He is the favorite to win as the checkered flag waves for the final lap. Yet, playing the antagonist comes with a cost, that being having to take the fall for a happy ending.


This does not matter for Australian actor Cooper Van Grootel. He is simply following the script and performing his part. While the character of Dean is always focused on out-racing his rival, Cooper is focused on, well, other things. One of those being surfing. Growing up in Perth, Western Australia, Cooper fell in love with going to the beach and catching waves.


“Surfing plays a big part in my life and I think that keeps me sane in today’s day and age,” said Cooper.

He also developed a passion for acting, leading to him obtaining his first role at the age of twelve, as Jayden from The Legend of Gavin Tanner. So where does someone who loves to surf, and act go from there? California, of course. Or in Cooper's case, Los Angeles. While the waves are not as big, Cooper has been adapting to this new environment by taking lots of pictures, preferably with his film camera; getting to know his fellow co-stars; and indulging in his favorite American snacks. Cooper’s short year in Los Angeles has already paid off: he landed a part as one of the leads for NBC's upcoming show, One of Us Is Lying.


While Cooper waits for this pandemic to be over so he can resume his acting projects, the Australian actor is spending quality time at home, stocking up on Reese's Pieces, solving puzzles, and listening to "No. 28" by Methyl Ethel on repeat. Although we're bummed that a lot of films and shows are on hold, one thing Cooper told Mud that fans can expect from One of Us Is Lying is a great story and A LOT of chemistry.


Cooper van Grootel from the upcoming NBC Peacock show One of Us Is Lying from Karen McManus.
Photography by Rachel Palumbo

B: You were born in Perth and moved to LA last year at just 18 years old. What has been the biggest culture shock from the move?