Delivery alert

There may be an issue with the delivery of your newspaper. This alert will expire at NaN. Click here for more info.

Recover password

‘False world’: ‘Trophy Boy’ pulls back the curtain on social media ‘influencers’

Emrhys Cooper is looking forward to his film’s screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival.

It will be his first time in the City Different, and he wants to see a lot.

“I’ll be there for my birthday, so I’m hoping to see some amazing things,” he says in an interview.

Cooper pulled double duty on the short film, “Trophy Boy,” in which he acted and was the director.

The short film was released on Oct. 22 on Vimeo after screenings at Cannes, in London and across the U.S.

“Trophy Boy” follows the daily life of James, a sexy New York City influencer who must face the harsh reality of creating a life without a hashtag after he is dumped by his wealthy benefactor.

“It’s about the betrayal of James, whose online social media persona isn’t in line with who he actually is,” Cooper says. “The film is a concept for a series that I’m developing. I thought if I can tell this story in a humorous way, it would be more relatable. My goal is to make this an eye-opener. The idea of being kept by someone else sounds great on paper. If you’re not wise with your decisions, then it can all turn around for the worse.”

On Jan. 22, “Trophy Boy” was picked up as a series by Dynamic Television.

“I’m truly delighted to partner with Dynamic Television to make the world of ‘trophy boys’ come to life,” Cooper says. “In the age of social media, it’s easy to get lost in the false world of online avatars we create for ourselves. With this series, we hope to pull back the curtain and show the day-to-day struggles of these ‘influencers.’ Sometimes we all need a reminder that all that glitters isn’t gold.”

Cooper’s been carving out his own niche in the film industry.

Starting off as a ballet dancer, he trained in London.

That’s where he got his break into the film industry.

Most recently, he plays Montgomery Clift in the biopic “Frank and Ava.”

He’s in the coming film “Nosferatu” and is now filming the indie horror film “Dreamcatcher” in Los Angeles.

“All of the training I’ve had in ballet helped me get ready for my career in film,” he says. “Everything that I’m doing is physically demanding. The role in ‘Dreamcatcher’ is really pushing my boundaries in what I can endure both physically and mentally.”