Sarah Bolger can’t really talk about one of her most famous roles, as the older daughter in the 2002 immigrants-in-New York drama “In America.” After all, she made it when she was 10. But she’s stayed in the game and can now be see, as a 20-something, on the show “Into the Badlands” and the real-life sports weepie “My All American,” in which the Irish actress had to learn how to play a Southern American girl, and one who falls for a star football player (Finn Wittrock)…who is eventually diagnosed with bone cancer. Despite the grim subject matter, Bolger stays upbeat and prone to laugh at how little she learned about our other national sport.
How did you take to the American South?
The South to me wasn’t that different from anywhere else. Great barbecue, stupid humidity. But I was more concerned with creating an All-American girl. That’s not something I know. I had to create the way she walked, the way she talked. It was about learning her and being able to talk to the real Lisa, which was completely mind-blowing. I thought it would be so hard for her to talk about this. I kept being like, “I’m going to ask you a question, you don’t have to answer it.” And she would answer ever time. And she’d cry and I’d cry.
It’s crazy to have to deal with that at that age.
It was her first love — the love of her life, potentially. I can’t even imagine her watching this. She’s remarried once or twice; she’s moved on and has kids. Then to see this moment relived — seems hard.
The film shows that, no matter how loyal and dedicated she is to Freddy, she has her own inner life and pursuits.
She not the air-fairy girlfriend, the right hand of the sports player. She’s a force. She doesn’t take crap, which is something she said. They were partners. There was no girlfriend, no “ooooh, I like you.” From the beginning they loved each other. It was instant kismet. They were kindred spirits.