Cooper admits he is competitive, and watching other actors excel pushes him to become a better performer. The only movie that Cooper starred in that he felt did not get the attention it deserved was "Midnight Meat Train," based on a short story by Clive Barker, from last year.
Cooper played a photographer, Leon Kauffman, who is obsessed with the dark side of New York City and crosses paths with a serial killer.
"It was an old-school art-house horror movie -- so physically demanding. I would do it again. I would do it tomorrow," he said.
As an English major in college, Cooper wrote his thesis on Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita." His other passion is cooking. If he weren't an actor, he would be a chef and credits his Italian grandmother who was "an amazing cook. Every Sunday, there was pasta on every flat surface. They only spoke Italian in the kitchen, which became a fantasy place for me," he said.
Cooper heard there are plans to make "Paradise Lost" into a movie. At school he studied John Milton's 17th-century epic poem, which tells the story of Lucifer's fall and the temptation of Adam and Eve.
So what's the best role from that poem for him?
"To play Lucifer would be unbelievable," he said.