Sarah Bolger is so busy that she never gets back to her home in Dublin.
“I have a dog, a poor dog. It stays with my family,” the actress tells us, laughing. The dog, a she, is a rescue, which accounts for her name, which was not Bolger's choice. “Don’t judge me: Her name is Fluffbucket.”
Bolger is really personable, giggling at everything, which stands in stark, amusing contrast to her new movie. In the indie thriller “Emelie,” she’s the title character: a mysterious young woman hired as a last-minute babysitter for three young kids. Once the parents have left for date night, Emilie starts acting strangely. She encourages the kids to destroy the house, then gradually reveals an ulterior, sinister motive. It’s a dark role that goes to some deeply messed-up places.
“That was the sick, twisted part of myself that wanted to do it so badly,” Bolger confesses. “I just loved this girl. I read the script and was like, ‘What the f— is she doing? What’s her deal?’ I couldn’t understand. She is broken. A glass has smashed inside herself.
“She’s not a real person. To me she’s almost mythical. She’s a lie within a lie buried beneath lies,” she says. But she draws the line at her being insane: “I wanted to make that clear in the movie. She’s just not whole.”
Going “there” can’t be easy over an entire shoot. “It messed with my head a little bit,” she admits. “I’d go back to my hotel room in this isolated town we were filming in. I would have to sit down at night and wrote a diary — for lack of a better word — breaking down what she went through for the scenes every day.”