Sarah Wright of "21 and Over" opens up about starring in male-centered film
Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Updated: Sunday, March 3, 2013 18:03
From almost every angle, “21 & Over” is a total guy’s movie. There’s booze (lots of it), babes (that too) and an innumerable amount of wild scenarios that only a trio of alcohol-induced, recently reunited high school buddies would find themselves in. However, through all the testosterone-driven storytelling, Sarah Wright finds a way to stand apart from the cast as the film’s charming female lead.
Wright, who you may recognize from her role as Ashley in “The House Bunny,” plays Nicole, a sorority-girl-meets-hippie type who catches the eye of “21 & Over’s” male lead Casey, played by Skylar Astin. While filming may have felt like a “boy’s club” of sorts, Wright claims that there was a clear advantage when it came to some of the film’s more severe scenes.
“I was so happy to be left of the crazy antic they had to go through,” Wright said. “I was there for Justin’s slow-mo vomit scene and it was so gross.”
The film required Sarah to step out of her comfort zone and try her hand at improv. Sarah’s husband, “CSI’s” Eric Olsen, helped her pick up the role with his own experience in comedy acting.
“He [Olsen] and I always work together. He does a lot of comedy, so when I was auditioning for the movie, he helped me tape what we sent to the directors,” Wright said. “It’s so nice to have that someone there who you’re close with instead of stand-in.”
Not only were Sarah’s boundaries tested when it came to improvising her lines, but the actress also took a turn stunt driving for a particular scene in the movie.
“I was a little nervous because it was the first I did anything stunt-like,” Wright said. “The crew was like ‘Could you look a little less scared?’”
Ultimately, “21 & Over” served as a learning experience for Wright – from improvising to stunt driving – but the actress claims that she’ll take away something much more meaningful from the film instead.
“I loved working with the boys so much. They were all so sweet to me and wanted me to be a part of everything,” Wright said. “I had such a great time hanging out with them, I kind of feel like they were my brothers.”
“21 & Over” opened nationwide Friday.