ESQUIRE – The joke:
A dad buys a robot that slaps you when you lie and decides to try it out on his son. The dad says, “What did you do this afternoon?”
The son goes, “Just some homework” and the robot slaps him. “Okay, okay. I was watching porn.”
The dad says, “What? I didn’t even know what porn was at your age” and gets a slap.
The man’s wife sighs and says, “He’s definitely your son.” The robot slaps her.
About the jokester:
Sarah Bolger is a butcher’s daughter from a land called Rathfarnham who grew up to become a princess. As the Irish actress says, “I’m a livin’, breathin’ fairy tale. And my mother is a fantastic baker—but if you say candlestick maker, I’m going to beat you with my umbrella.” An interesting weapon of choice. “I have actually done a lot of fencing work for my job, so I guess I could use it as a saber, potentially.” Oh? “I’m giving myself probably way too much credit.” Myth dispelled, then. Next up for the 23-year-old who starred as Princess Mary on The Tudors and Sleeping Beauty on ABC’s Once Upon a Time: playing a lowly student in the high-brow horror film The Lazarus Effect (out February 27). The movie is about a group of scientists who attempt to revive a human—with disastrous success. “Lazarus is pretty much the opposite to playing a princess, because all I wear is leather,” Bolger says. Anything else we should know? “I can beat your ass in poker.” Now that is a fantasy.
Here’s a first look at Sarah in one of her upcoming movies ‘Emelie’. You can find a still in our gallery and a synopsis below. The film will premiere in New York next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.
After their regular babysitter Maggie can’t make it, the Thompson family turns to her friend Anna to supervise their children while the parents go out to celebrate their anniversary. At first Anna seems like a dream come true to the kids, allowing them to eat extra cookies and play with things that are usually off-limits, but as her behavior becomes increasingly odd, the kids soon find out that her intentions are dark and twisted, and she is not who she seems to be.
Three more ‘The Lazarus Effect’ stills have been added to the gallery, thanks to Claudia!
Sarah is featured in the March issue of Esquire magazine. One scan and outtake have been added to the gallery and you can watch Sarah answer a few strange questions below!
WHOWHATWEAR – Bolger may be new to the thriller genre, starring alongside Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass in The Lazarus Effect, out today, but the Ireland native is no stranger to the big and small screen. In fact, Bolger nabbed her first big role at the impressive age of 10, in the Oscar-nominated film In America. Now 23, and with a string of noteworthy projects under her belt, the actress finds herself on the cusp of a major year, thanks to roles in Once Upon a Time, My All American, and the upcoming AMC martial arts drama Badlands. We caught up with the actress on a recent press tour to talk about her creepy new film, working with Olivia Wilde, and fangirling over a particular James Bond.
Can you tell us about The Lazarus Effect and your character?
My character is really interesting, because she is the voyeur, the audience, especially for the first half of the film. She is a normal student who has a fascination with the idea of death, like everyone does. She is extremely relatable. I thought it was so great to put that into this world with this group of scientists. She comes on board to video the experiment. It’s interesting, because the film is not clichéd. I mean, David Gelb [the director] was a supreme choice for this film, coming from his documentary background. It’s so classy and looks so great and interesting. There are these beautiful long shots. I’m really impressed and happy about the film.
What sets this movie apart from other horror films?
I think you’ll be surprised with where it ends up going and how it ends.
Did you find yourself actually getting scared while filming?
We filmed in this tiny little space in the [San Fernando] Valley. It was a little stage with confined spaces, so it was pitch-black in there. Our director David Gelb would torture us, and make these noises, and jolt us out of our seats. He really kept us on our toes, which makes you scared and your heart is fluttering. It’s pitch-black and all you are hearing are these noises—it was brilliant. It made us scared filming it, which in turn, made it feel and look so real.
What was it like working with such a star-studded cast?
During downtime on set, there was a lot of the five of us just sitting around that studio. [Olivia Wilde] is really funny and so is Donald [Glover]. Donald is hilarious. They were great people to lighten a horror movie—which, with a different cast, may have been a different experience. It’s so easy to become method; it’s so easy to not stop crying, to not sit in a dark room and remain that way for the day to maintain the scare and fear. I’m happy to say that it was a lovely cast.