I recently got the chance to talk to Sarah Booth about her role in Eric Bana’s new movie, ‘Deadfall’. Here, Sarah talks about how she got involved in the project and what it was like working with the cast and crew on-set…
What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?
‘Deadfall’ is the story of a brother and sister (Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde) who botch a casino heist and end up separated during a Northern Michigan winter. They have to fend for themselves, avoiding the law before they have a unlikely reunion at another family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
The film was directed by Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky and produced by 2929 Pictures – (‘The Road’, ‘Goodnight, Good Luck’).
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…
My character, Amy, is an abused wife with a young daughter and a newborn. Her horrible husband was played by Montreal actor Alain Goulem and my daughter Teale Bishopric, who for her age, has accomplished quite a bit of voice character work. The scenes I’m involved in the film were when Eric Bana stumbles upon our remote house in the woods and helps me deal with my husband to ensure that my children are safe from harms way. It helps to establish Eric Bana as not simply a criminal on the run – that he does have some values and morals regardless of his desperate need for money.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
My agent, Kim Vaincourt, secured me the audition. Like any role, I auditioned for the casting director. A few days later I had a call letting me know I had the part. I jumped up and down in my living room a lot. This was my first opportunity to be in a major American motion picture. I learned later that they had actually already offered the role to an actress from Los Angeles but after my audition they saw something in me that made them offer it to me instead.
How would you say this film is different and unique?
I can’t think of too many stories revolving around a criminal team of brother and sister. I really like the aspect that it’s not about the heist and their planning but their separate stories of redemption and soul-searching as they make a run for their life.
The film stars Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Patrick Kerton, Kwasi Songui, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, John Robinson, Job Daniel, Jocelyne Zucco and Treat Williams – with Stefan Ruzowitzky onboard as director – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set? Any good anecdotes?
Teal Bishopric acted as if I was her mother between takes. It was really adorable. I helped her rehearse lines. Each day she run over to me yelling: “Mommmmmiiiieeeee!” Other than that most of my scenes were contained to only a few characters. I interacted most with Eric. Actually, on the first day of rehearsals when I was notified he was about to enter the room, I almost passed out. A complete fan-girl nerve attack. Thankfully he was incredibly nice and supportive to work with.
Let’s talk a bit about you Sarah. What made you want to get into the acting industry in the first place?
As a child, growing up in Ormstown, I did as most little girls do – ballet. I was never cast in the shows as a ballerina, instead, I was cast as the character role or as a boy. That was my first taste of the make-believe magic of acting. Watching films and television I never really considered “Oh that’s a career someone has. These are just stories there for me to watch”. Through high school I became involved in the drama plays. I enjoyed every aspect of it. I realized that I never watched the clock when rehearsing or performing. When I learned that there was an entire college level program for acting… well I was sold. I’ve always been outgoing and it was just sort of a coming of age discovery that I could entertain people with acting.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue a career in the industry?
Do it one-hundred percent or not at all. You have to love it. If you don’t love it more than anything; it’s not worth pursuing. It’s heartbreaking, a financial strain for many years, full of rejection and disappointment. Patience and determination are the most important. Also, don’t have tunnel vision. I wanted to be an actor but through acting I’ve discovered other interests and passions within the entertainment industry. I now produce films and music videos and have been pursuing stunt performing. It’s an industry that once you are inside the realm, there are many possibilities and you can find a very fulfilling career mixing it up a little.
What’s currently on your I-Pod right now?
The Lumineers, Emma-Lee, Gavin Slate, Robyn Dell’Unto, Air Traffic Controller and Bleu. Actually, reading that list back, I’ve fallen in love with a lot of artists I’m working on music videos for. It’s a perk of the job – new music delivered to my iPod on a regular basis.
If you could have dinner with three guests – (living or dead), who would you choose and why?
- Eve (Of Adam &): would give whatever faith I have some truth.
- My Paternal Grandfather: I never had the chance to meet him and I see the traits I have from each of my other three grandparents. I’d like to know what of him exists in me.
- Louie CK: I like to laugh and he does it best.
Which film was your favourite of 2012 and why?
‘Argo’ was fantastic. It was a piece of Canadian history I didn’t know about. Ben Affleck, actor turned director, having so much success gives me hope for my own producing career. I have to also mention the Oscar short film ‘Paperman’. It was a fantastic example of no matter how many missed opportunities you have in life, I believe everything that’s meant to be will find a way.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
A short film I produced and star in is playing at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival this summer. It’s called ‘To Hell, With Love’. My husband who is a filmmaker wrote and directed it. We had a fantastic reception to its premiere at a festival in Toronto and I look very much forward to screening it at home! Trailer: http://youtu.be/1dNI4SbrVGc.
I’m attached to portray the lead in a horror film ‘The Scarehouse’ later this summer. It will be released in Canada and the United States later this year. I also co-wrote the story for this one. As I mentioned earlier I have been building a career in stunt work. I recently had the pleasure of performing background stunts in Kiefer Sutherland’s new film ‘Pompeii’ and definitely looking to pushing this career facet forward.
Finally, I’ve been doing motion capture acting for videos games and CGI characters. I find this work fascinating and will be pursuing more opportunities in that field.
Thanks for the interview!