Current Crush: Sarah Catherine Hook

Sarah Catherine Hook Has Reached Cruising Altitude

Written by Megan O'Sullivan
Photographed by Tawni Bannister


Oct 7, 2022

Sarah Catherine Hook identifies as a slytherin. That should come as no surprise, considering the success she’s reached as an actress by just 27 years-old. Best known for her roles as Debbie in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Juliette in First Kill, Hook began her acting journey in Montgomery, Alabama, where she was cast as the star in her 5th grade play. Today, she credits her professional momentum to a younger version of herself — the one who, after moving from Montgomery to Brooklyn with a dream of acting, had several jobs at once so that she could afford life in New York, so that she could wake up at 4AM to attend open-call auditions before work. While she describes those early days as intense, she’s finally beginning to settle into the career she’s built for herself. “I was a bit of a freak about it all.” she says. “I still have that slythiness come out now and then, but recently I’ve been allowing myself to enjoy the journey.”

Hook hasn’t exactly arrived at a final destination, at least not yet. She’s currently finding her footing in Los Angeles, where she moved in January 2022. While she’s gradually learned to allow herself to rest, she’s set new intentions for herself in this next chapter. “I’m learning to stand up for myself and to have a voice on set,” she shares. “I want to get to a place where I can be more collaborative in the directing process, but that will take time.” If Hook’s current position in the film industry isn’t evidence enough of her ongoing evolution, the characters she plays further prove her development. Most recently, she describes her character in First Kill as “such a mess with her blood lust.” Hook says that by the end of the season, Juliette has her impulses under control and is even more comfortable in her own skin. “We went through that together,” she reflects. “While filming, I gained confidence in myself. I think that’s what’s so cool about TV. You get to grow and bond with your character.”

When she’s not a teenage vampire, the Alabama native is enjoying her newfound ability to take it easy (she recently started playing golf and is tapping back into her favorite hobby, reading). After leaving New York during the pandemic and nomading between friends in Wyoming and Charlston, she’s relieved to have a home base — one that she really loves. “I haven't experienced the part of LA that people despise. It motivates me to be around other people in the industry. I love talking to other people about their work and processes.” That unwavering optimism seems to be embedded in Hook’s DNA. A throughline connecting every topic of our conversation, her rosy yet grounded outlook is more than just a personality — it’s an energy. And in this industry, it’s one that comes in handy. When I asked her where that positivity comes from, she immediately credits her parents: “They’re amazing. I got really lucky in that way.”

Whether it’s nature or nurture, Hook’s outlook has undoubtedly served her well. She expresses nostalgia and a sense of compassion for herself as she describes scenes from each phase of her life. From looking forward to Friday nights at Blockbuster with her family to remembering the first time she got recognized in public, Hook’s rolodex of memories are all shared with the same salt-of-the-earth tone. There’s an ease about her: She is both humble and sure of herself, hard yet soft. When asked what advice she would give other young actresses, she unhesitatingly says, “Be okay with making a fool of yourself. You’re not going to get most auditions. Who cares if you don’t get it? It’s all about the reps.” And still, when asked what advice she would give her younger self today, a part of her softens: “Be kinder to yourself. Stop stressing about your body so much. What you got is really good.”

Despite learning how to find balance, Hook is by no means taking a hiatus. For her next act, she will be starring in Ghost Trap, a film directed by James Khanlarian, alongside Euphoria’s Zach Steiner. Along with a few additional surprises up her sleeve (she promised she’ll share more when the time is right), she’ll of course continue to evolve alongside her ride-or-die character, Juliette. And while she’s preparing to meet many more career milestones, as any slytherin would, she makes a case for enjoying the ride: “I used to have really specific goals for myself, and I think I’ve become more accepting of where I am. I’m happy to be here. I’m cruising.”