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.”
We have added new video interviews of Saoirse, courtesy of the Academy, We Live Entertainment, Gold Derby, and Variety/Filmstruck. She was also featured in the LA Times Lead Actress roundtable and Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ series this past weekend; stay tuned for those videos in the near future.
This week, we’ve been gifted with new promo material for Lady Bird. Indiewire posted a new interview with Saoirse yesterday, where she discusses meeting with Greta. You can read it below:
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Gerwig’s film – her solo directorial debut, which she also wrote – follows Lady Bird through her senior year at the insular Immaculate Heart High School, a private Catholic institution in the suburbs of Sacramento that doesn’t really suit her sensibilities. As Lady Bird, Ronan is all energy and spirit and angst, an eye-rolling teen on the cusp of something new, something more, just something else. She doesn’t have it all figured out, and she doesn’t have to.
“She was this girl who was going to do something, and she was going to be something, but she didn’t know quite what she was going to do and who she was going to be,” Ronan told IndieWire of her first impression of the character. “I like that we found her at this in-between moment, while she was figuring it all out. She hadn’t necessarily arrived anywhere yet, she was just in between these big moments.”
We have exciting news, guys! Seeing as the production of Mary, Queen of Scots wrapped last week, Saoirse has finally started promoting Lady Bird! And the very first interview we got was this from DP/30, which is fantastic. Our IHS Squad loves this channel! The video is about 35 minutes long, and definitely worth the watch.
If you’ve been following us on twitter, you know that our much anticipated Lady Bird press just started recently. Today we were given by Broadly the first interview with both Saoirse and her director Greta Gerwig in which they talked about Lady Bird’s glorious reception, coming of age films, directing and more. Read it below:
Congratulations! I love this movie so much, and I just heard that it earned the highest-per-theater average intake for a female director in history, that’s amazing! How are you feeling?
GRETA GERWIG: That news is very fresh to me too, I can’t believe it!
SAOIRSE RONAN: I was able to experience watching it for the first time as an audience member. And I was weirdly able to be quite objective about it. I’ve never had that experience before. I don’t enjoy watching anything that I’m in. I usually can’t sit down to watch anything I’m in without having like a full-blown anxiety attack. And I was very nervous going in to watch it, just because of how much it meant to me, and how much it meant to Greta. And I really wanted to get it right for her. So, I went and I watched it with my best friend, in London. And from the opening frame, I kept turning to her throughout the whole thing, and I was like, “This is great, isn’t it?” And I just feel very, very proud to be a part of it. And also to be a part of her first film. Because she’s a great director already, and she’s just going to continue to become greater and greater. And it’s wonderful to witness that. And to see everyone celebrate her and her work, as much as they are already, is fantastic.
Back in September we posted Saoirse’s W Magazine October cover and now they just released a piece of the interview online! Saoirse talked about royalty, Academy Awards and her cinematic crush. Read it below:
In Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, out in theaters this Friday, Saoirse Ronan plays the titular Lady Bird—real name: Christine—a classic teenage rebel without a cause, complete with ample angst and Manic Panic dyed hair. In real life, the 23-year-old Irish actress is a bit more pulled together—that is, when she’s not with Susan Sarandon, who Ronan says once tried to get her in trouble with none other than Prince Charles during a royal gala. Luckily, she seems to have made it out of the incident unscathed, and will soon take on a royal role of her own in next year’s Mary Queen of Scots. The film marks Ronan’s return to a period film—set in 2003, Lady Bird doesn’t exactly count—a genre that has already garnered her two Academy Award nominations in 2008 and 2016 for Atonement and Brooklyn. Here, Ronan talks about her time at the Oscars, including when she almost didn’t get in, her first kiss, and more.
Today Saoirse attended the premiere for ‘On Chesil Beach’ at the London Film Festival and we finally have new interviews after months! She stopped by during the red carpet and you can watch the videos below:
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. ”
This week, Saoirse visited ‘The Dinner Party Download’ podcast. Listen to her full interview (starts at 19:10)! We also added two bonus audios from the interview. You can listen to the first [here] and the second one below. Check it out: