When Sarah is in L.A. she likes to get Sprinkles dark chocolate or mocha cupcakes.
Sarah would love to date Shia LaBeouf.
Sarah is a big Jane Austen fan.
Sarah's favourite toy was a red Tickle me Elmo, from Sesame Street.
For her role in Stormbreaker Sarah had to do five weeks of intense training, three hours straight with the Olympic Canadian fencing coach. She has kept practicing it with the man who taught her for the movie.
When she was only 5 years old, Sarah won a place at the Young Peoples Theatre Co.
Sarah got her role in Jim Sheridan's 2002 movie In America thanks to her sister Emma, who co-stars in the movie. Even though Sarah had more acting experience, it was Emma who impressed the director during an audition. Emma then asked for her sister, who was waiting in the car, to be allowed to audition as well. Jim agreed and realized they were perfect together to play two sisters on the big screen.
Sarah has been selected, together with nine other European actors for the European Film Promotion (EFP) Shooting Stars of 2009, to be part of a yearly forum for new talents to be held at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.
Awards and Nominations:
2003 - Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards, In America (nominated).
2004 - Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award, In America (nominated).
2004 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Satellite Award, In America (nominated).
2004 - Best Supporting Female, Independent Spirit Award, In America (nominated).
2004 - Best Young Performer, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (nominated).
2004 - Best Performance by Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, In America (won).
2009 - Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Irish Film and Television Awards, The Spiderwick Chronicles (nominated).
2009 - Rising Star, Irish Film and Television Awards (nominated).
2009 - Shooting Star, Berlin Film Festival (won).
Among Sarah's special skills are swimming, dancing, singing, horseback riding, and doing an American accent.
As a kid, Sarah attended The Young People's Theatre School in Dublin. Sarah attends currently the Loreto Beaufort Performing School in Rathfarnham (south of Dublin), Ireland. She has a tutor when she is filming.
During Sarah's 14th birthday which coincided with the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards director Jim Sheridan, who directed her in In America, had the whole audience including Tom Cruise sang "Happy Birthday" to her at the show. Despite she hid her face behind a program in embarrassment, the award telecast captured it on camera.
Sarah calls up her father in Ireland whenever she feels homesick.
Sarah first knew she wanted to be an actress when she played Dorothy in her school's production of The Wizard of Oz. She was six years old then.
Aside from continuing a career in acting, Sarah would like to pursue studies in astronomy. She is also interested in law, writing, and computers and may take any of those up in college.
Sarah underwent intensive training on fencing four hours a day for five weeks for her role as Mallory, who is an expert fencer, in The Spiderwick Chronicles. She even got the chance to learn under the Canadian Olympic fencing coach.
Sarah read the Spiderwick Chronicles book series prior to appearing in the film adaptation. The books were given to her as a gift from Paramount Pictures after doing In America.
Sarah's parents are Monica and Derek Bolger. Her father is a butcher while her mother worked in a bank. Her sister, Emma, is also an actress.
Sarah is 5 feet, 4½ inches tall. She has light brown hair and blue eyes.
Sarah: (About In America where she co-stars with her sister Emma)My sister Emma got the audition first and then I came along and Jim Sheridan saw me and hired me, so I didn't think about it. And I certainly didn't think that In America would be a film that people would really like, but they did. When you do a film, you don't realize that it goes this far, that you get to come out to L.A. and all that stuff. It was amazing. It was my first taste of this, and I suppose that's what got me hooked.
Sarah: (About doing different accents)I practice the English accent and the American accent because it's nice to be prepared. If it's an American movie and you can audition in an American accent, it takes that air of doubt away.
Sarah: (About how she avoids the the pitfalls other young actresses haven't) I do think that living in Dublin takes that edge off. There's no parties, no clubs to go to that would be publicized or interesting enough to be written about, so I don't think we have that problem here. But I do truly believe that if you're surrounded by good people, you'll have a good career.
Sarah: (About the favourite historical caracter she would love to play) Keira Knightley took my role. If they had waited a few years, I still could have been Elizabeth Bennet [in Pride and Prejudice] you know?
Sarah: (About her favourite things to do on a date) I hate when guys look at themselves in the mirror like when you're passing a shop window. It drives me up the wall. I have some friends that are guys and they always do that and I'm like 'Oh, get over yourself. Come on!' I think they spend more time looking in the mirror than I do. I like jokes and I like light-hearted stuff and I don't like guys who are real dull or only interested in football. Boring!
Sarah: (About Mary Louise Parker, her co-star in The Spiderwick Chronicles) She's fantastic. I was a big fan of 'Weeds'. I actually know Hunter Parrish quite well. I did a short film with him years ago. I think she's a fantastic actress. She has a son herself so she has that family thing. She was so great. She wasn't on set too much but when she was, every day we'd have lunch in her trailer and she was so down to earth and just lovely and she's had some hard things in her life and I think that she's come through it and she's the better person.
Sarah: (About Stormbreaker) 'Stormbreaker' was great and there was some blue screen but not as much as this movie. This movie was like totally I was [in front of] the blue screen like 24 hours a day. I think that the creatures and things like that were great fun. It was just so unusual to be kicking and slicing and punching things that were nowhere near. Just air. And then the twin thing was just another….there were so many things in this movie. There was only one Freddie, there were no goblins and, when we drive up to the house and you see all the forest? Those leaves were added. It's freaky. So crazy. The fencing was difficult.
Sarah: (About the Irish Film and Television Awards) People slag off ceremonies like the IFTAS, there is that strong element of begrudgery, but if we don't celebrate our own, who will?
Sarah: (About her sister Emma) Me and Emma, we have our usual arguments. Emma is four years younger than me and she has the same dress size and shoe size; a pain in the neck!
Sarah: (on choosing roles which display inner strength and a certain confidence) I have to admit that I do try and choose roles like that with women who are strong characters and good role models and not damsels in distress.
Sarah: My friends are great, really supportive. But when you go away for four months, almost five, people move on. You miss a huge amount; you miss things in their lives. Secrets. And it's difficult to come back and expect them to feel the same and be the same.
Sarah: What I can't stand are boys who spend more time getting ready and looking in the mirror than I do, but it depends on the boy. For example, if it were Hugh Jackman I would forgive him.
Sarah: (on the fantasy genre) I'm a huge fan of those things. It's an escape. Imagination set free. A world we want to believe in. Everyone wants to hope there are ghosts or aliens or whatever.
Sarah: (on acting) If it ever becomes like "oh, yeah, I'm just doing another film," I wouldn't do it any more. You have to love to do it.
Sarah: (comparing herself to her "The Spiderwick Chronicles" character) Mallory is a strong, confident and feisty girl, but I am more shy. I should have "indecisive" stamped across my forehead.
Sarah: I enjoy (acting) so much. My life has been a roller coaster, and I appreciate each moment.
Sarah: Hollywood's a town that's surrounded by the movie industry. It's a crazy experience for an actress to be in a place that's obsessed with movies. But it's also fantastic.
Sarah: I love reading scripts and I love understanding a character and getting into that character. I'm not a method actress in any sense but I enjoy 'being' that character and working at it and I do a lot of research on the characters.
Sarah: I want to keep up acting for as long as possible. It's the one thing in life that I wouldn't change anything about. Film sets, for me, are a second home. I'm not saying that to be dramatic. It's my favorite place to be.