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Not Kissing Matt Damon

Sarah Bradford, 22, got a shock when she first tried out for a movie that happened to star her stepbrother.

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My parents divorced when I was a little girl, and my mom married Matt’s father. I never asked Matt for acting advice, but he said something interesting to me. He said people would come up to him and say, “Should I be an actor?” and he’d say, “If you’re asking, then you shouldn’t be, because you shouldn’t have to ask. It’s something you can’t live without.” Modeling is fun, but I can’t live without acting. It gets me out of bed in the morning. Five months ago, I went in for a reading for this movie Matt’s in, The Adjustment Bureau; it’s in production right now in New York. It was for a character named Elise—she is basically queen bee at this ballet academy—and all of a sudden they say, “Are you aware that if you get this role, you’ll be playing Matt’s love, having a love affair with your brother?” My jaw dropped. My manager just completely wasn’t told. I’m no longer with that manager. I just read for a more appropriate role in the movie, Elise’s friend, and I got the part. It’s very exciting. What parents wouldn’t want their children to work together?

Bradford will be in the forthcoming films When the Devil Comes and Mountain Park.

As told to Tim Murphy.

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