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Name: Sarah Bolger
Role: Emily Thomas, FX's Mayans M.C.
Previous Work: Counterpart, Halal Daddy, Badlands, My All Americans, Emelie, The Lazarus Effect, In America, The Tudors, Once Upon a Time
Was there a moment where you realized you want to be an actress?
I did a Jim Sheridan movie called In America and working with him - having that person guide you, be your directing partner and your director…he has such an addictive nature. You can't wait to go to work every day.
If you weren’t an actor, what would you want to be doing?
It's funny, my mother came across a box of old stuff from one of our old houses and I had booklets and booklets, as if I was a school teacher and correcting fake kids' essays. I was pretending to be a school teacher. So, evidently, I wanted to be a school teacher, but that dream didn't last very long.
What drew you to this role?
I think [Kurt Sutter] is such a talented writer. I think his success level obviously speaks to his talent, but the way he writes and what I got to read of the pilot prior to meeting him was so spectacular. I just felt it was so well thought through and executed and dramatic and heartfelt, that it was just such an excellent story to read. Of course, none of [the lines] came out correctly because I was so nervous [auditioning]. And I was terrified that they were going to ask me to speak Spanish in the audition.
As soon as I got the job, I took Spanish lessons. Every day, I went to a school where I would sit down and just sort of learn the basics, the phonetics of it all. I wanted to be as authentic as possible.
What three words would you use to describe your character?
Pragmatic. Educated. And emotional. She's someone who really wears her heart on her sleeve.
What three words to describe yourself?
Irish. Pale. [Laughs] And klutz. I'm a klutz!
What's something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
I harmonize a lot. Annoyingly. I will be the person in the car who will listen to the Queen song and I will harmonize. But I don't think [I harmonize] very well, but I do it and I can't help it. No matter who's in the car hates it, so I need a better habit.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Joely Richardson, a co-star of mine on Tudors, would sit on set and she would knit or she would read a book. There's so much down time on sets. You come so prepared. You have all your homework done. You have all your lines learned. It's not like you're sitting there doing that on the day, so she was like, "read a newspaper, bring a book." It was amazing because I do that now. Not a day goes by that I do not carry a book in my bag.