The new cover for the November 15 Issue of The Hollywood Reporter is here! And it features Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Allison Janney, Mary J. Blige and Saoirse Ronan! Our gallery has been updated with scans from the magazine, thanks to my friend Luciana, from jessica-chastain.com, and the featured photoshoot. You can read ther interview below.
Six top actresses — including Mary J. Blige, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney and Saoirse Ronan — open up about risky roles and how the industry’s culture of abuse might finally be on the verge of change: “I feel hopeful because we’re not ignoring it anymore.”
Jennifer Lawrence had some advice for recent New York transplant Mary J. Blige on acclimating to life in Los Angeles. “Just make friends with your neighbors, like I did,” Lawrence, 27, said to Blige, 46, before the start of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actress Roundtable, held Nov. 11 at Line 204 Studios in Hollywood. The mother! and Mudbound stars were meeting for the first time, but Lawrence is already good friends with fellow Oscar winner Emma Stone, 29. And three of the participants — Stone (Battle of the Sexes), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), 40; and Allison Janney (I, Tonya), 57 — worked together on 2011’s The Help. And all seemed endlessly fascinated by the thick Irish accent of Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), 23, so much so that nearly everyone attempted their own Ronan impression before the hourlong conversation was over. Of course, it wasn’t all laughs, especially not this year with the horrors of sexual harassment in the headlines. The actresses came with strong opinions on the subject, which quickly segued into a frank debate on how sexism and harassment are intertwined with the issue of pay inequality in Hollywood. Depressing? Yes, but given the attention on this subject, Janney noted, “It’s exciting to think of our culture changing.”
Saoirse attended Deadline’s Contenders event yesterday, along with Greta Gerwig and Laurie Metcalf. They took part in a panel about the film Lady Bird and posed for some portraits. Our gallery has been updated with the images!
Hey guys! I have finally started reorganizing our photo gallery! It was brought to my attention that several old albums had errors and the pictures weren’t showing – it turns out our backup was corrupted, and when we brought the site back online in January some of our files were lost. So I have been slowly replacing them, and Saoirse’s photoshoots from 2007 to 2011 should be alright now. I have also found 7 sessions on my external HD from one of the site’s very first backups – probably done in late 2013 – that had never been uploaded to our gallery for some reason, and they have now been added.
Saoirse has recently talked to TIME Magazine about her career and her current work in the play ‘The Crucible’ – she describes her character, Abigail, and her motivations, stating she believes it is important for her to play intelligent women, “because I think in art, you have a responsibility to portray real life”. A new beautiful photo was released along with the article, which you can see/read below.
It’s two hours before the curtain goes up, and Saoirse Ronan is making a cup of tea in her cramped dressing room. She offers me a cup, though thankfully not the “gross” licorice-flavored kind Ronan is drinking to revive her voice before she takes the Broadway stage as Abigail, the manipulative maid at the heart of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. As the Irish actor, whose name is pronounced “Ser-sha,” searches for her favorite green mug, we discuss how Abigail is traditionally played as a teenage seductress who beguiles the noble John Proctor. When the older man later casts out Abigail, she brings the 17th century Massachusetts town of Salem to its knees by accusing Proctor’s wife and others of witchcraft.
At least that’s the way U.S. schools usually teach it, I tell her. “I bet it was a male teacher who told you she was the villain,” she jokes in reply. To Ronan, Abigail is more victim than victimizer. “She’s usually played quite vampy and sexual and all that. I wasn’t going to do that. I just thought she’s a 17-year-old, quite precocious, very smart. But she’s hormonal and emotional because she’s 17, and this older man gives her time and attention. As far as she’s concerned, he’s in love with her, she’s in love with him, and she’ll do anything for them to be together,” she says. “And I respect that actually. ”
Saoirse Ronan is featured in the June issue of Vogue US Magazine, along with ‘The Crucible’ cast (Tavi Gevinson, Sophie Okonedo, Ben Whishaw). The new photo is part of the “A Revolution on Broadway” editorial, shot by Mikael Jansson. Credit to TheFashionSpot for the scans.