'I'm so happy Dad would not let me be a child star' - Sarah Bolger
She might have got her first big break at the age of 12, but Sarah Bolger said she is glad her dad pushed her to do the Leaving Cert so that she would not be like other child stars.
Now 24, the Dublin actress landed her first role opposite her sister in Jim Sheridan's In America.
Instead of pursuing success in her teens, Sarah finished her secondary school education before jetting to the bright lights of LA.
"You look at some young actors and you know them so well from being that 10 or 12 year old, but I never had that," she said.
"I wasn't a child star with my hands on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, I was never in all the magazines. There's been no point in my career where I've been all over the place and that was really beneficial because I can play any character.
"People don't associate me looking just one way, so I can dye my hair or change my look.
"There was no way my dad would have just let me run off to Hollywood, I had to do my Leaving Cert," she told The Picture Show on Newstalk.
However, Sarah - who is promoting her new TV show, Into the Badlands - said she made a few mistakes on set when she was younger.
The actress once held up filming on Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker because she used her on-set wardrobe as a Halloween costume.
"I had these pink jodhpurs because I was a horse rider (in the film) and I remember deciding I will Sharpie (marker) the pink jodhpurs and do a design and go as a hippie," she said.
"I went in the next day and it wouldn't come off the jodhpurs and so we had to delay filming for a couple of days so they could buy me a (new) pair.
"I messed up. I was a stupid 14-year-old girl ruining my clothes.