Saoirse is on the August cover of VOGUE! This marks the beginning of the promotion for the film Mary, Queen of Scots, one most of us have been waiting for literally years. A brand new, stunning photoshoot by Jamie Hawkesworth was released along with the article on the magazine’s website. The images have been added to our gallery, and you can read Saoirse’s cover story below.
Saoirse Ronan is describing the aftermath of her first acting job. “I went into this melancholic state for a few weeks,” she tells me. “I remember sitting on the bed with Mam next to me, and I was like: ‘I’m never going to have that experience again.’ ” The community that had come together on set and developed real bonds had now permanently dispersed. “It was that thought: That exact crew will never work together again. Never.” The project was an Irish television drama called The Clinic. When she appeared on it, Ronan was nine years old.
Now 24, Ronan has come to meet me in a coastal Irish town on a sunny afternoon in May. Ireland is facing a referendum to repeal its ban on abortion, and lurid posters of fetuses are everywhere. Ronan recently appeared in a video supporting the reproductive rights campaign—a long-growing grassroots movement that finally succeeded in pressuring the government to hold a referendum—and everyone is talking about it. In the café where we pick up lunch, we fall into conversation with our server about the upcoming vote.
Saoirse was on Live with Kelly and Ryan today to promote ON CHESIL BEACH! You can watch a video of her appearance below. Our gallery has been updated with a still from the show, and you can see it here.
Saoirse and Ian McEwan have given an interview to The Times! You need to register to their website in order to read everything, but we have a snippet below. A new picture has been released with it, and we’ve added it to our gallery (you can view it here).
The actress and the novelist, it quickly becomes clear, are each other’s best audiences. Saoirse Ronan tells Ian McEwan that when reading his novels she is always struck by his “incredible understanding of the mind of a woman”. McEwan, for his part, says she has “a wonderful ability” to convey what his characters are thinking without even speaking.
Having embraced delightedly, the pair are in a Soho hotel room talking about his new adaptation of his 2007 novel On Chesil Beach, in which she stars. They have known each since Saoirse (pronounced “Sursha”) played Briony in the film of his Atonement in 2007. She was just 13 yet was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar.