May 17, 2017
By Kristin Detterline | December 13, 2016 | People
On the heels of her newest film, Main Line native Sarah Megan Thomas tunes into a new TV project.
Haverford’s Sarah Megan Thomas is making it her mission to bring more realistic female characters, like the role she plays in her latest film, Equity, to screens large and small alike.
What inspired the storyline for your recent financial thriller Equity, which you also produced and star in?
I had female friends from college that worked on Wall Street; some had quit after just a few years. I was fascinated by their stories. I wanted to show women that work in finance in a more realistic way: after the financial crisis and working in investments rather than trading.
You filmed some of the movie here in Philadelphia, right?
Ballard Spahr and the Pyramid Club opened their doors. A friend of mine donated their Rittenhouse apartment which is the home of Naomi, our lead character.
How will the story evolve for the upcoming TV adaptation?
It’s really easy to get material for TV—half of Equity was on the cutting-room floor because we had so much footage. During editing, we essentially had two films: a thriller and a drama. The TV version allows us to explore the personal lives of our three female stars.
You live in New York, but get back to Philly often. Where would we find you on a Saturday?
I love Vedge. I’m not vegan but the food is fantastic. The BYOB scene here is amazing. I like to run along Boathouse Row, too.
What’s next for you?
I’m in the early stages of developing a story around a familiar historical woman. My ultimate goal is to put complex female characters on screen—even messy characters. That’s what’s real.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARRY BUSACCA/GETTY IMAGES FOR THE 2016 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL (THOMAS);
COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE (STILLS); COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES CLASSICS (POSTER)
May 17, 2017