Saoirse and Kate Winslet (most known for films such as ‘Sense & Sensibility’, ‘Titanic’, ‘The Reader’ and most recently ‘Steve Jobs’) sat down for a conversation for Variety’s ‘Actors On Actors’ December issue. The actresses talked about their recent films, the beginning of their careers, their choices and motivations. Saoirse talked about ‘Brooklyn’ and how she felt playing a character that hit so close to home, and explained why she first related the book to her parents rather than herself. Variety has uploaded the complete video to their website, and you can watch it below.
It has been announced that Saoirse Ronan and Brie Larson will be sharing the award for Outstanding Performer of the Year at Santa Barbara International Film Festival!
The ‘Room’ and ‘Brooklyn’ stars, respectively, were previously honored with the fest’s Virtuoso Award.
The top two contenders for the best actress Oscar, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan — the twentysomething stars of Room and Brooklyn, respectively — have been tapped to share the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced Tuesday. It’s the first time the award will be given to two honorees. Both Larson and Ronan had previously been awarded the festival’s Virtuoso Award, in 2014 and 2010 respectively.
The ceremony will take place at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre, on a date still to be determined, as part of SBIFF’s 31st edition, which is set to run Feb. 3-13.
“This is an incredible year for emerging talent to take center stage and showcase their abilities,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said in a statement. “We’ve long been following the careers of Brie and Saoirse and their recent roles as empowered young women transcend time, place and circumstance. We are so proud to be jointly celebrating these two great actresses in such strong performances.”
Larson and Ronan will join an recognized group of previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients, including: Steve Carell (2015), Cate Blanchett (2014), Jennifer Lawrence (2013), Viola Davis (2012), James Franco (2011), Colin Firth (2010), Penelope Cruz (2009), Angelina Jolie (2008), Helen Mirren (2007), Heath Ledger (2006), Kate Winslet (2005) and Charlize Theron (2004).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Saoirse and a very talented group of actresses gathered earlier this month to talk with The Envelope about their films, their personal approaches to work, and their industry. Participating in the conversation were Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Charlotte Rampling and Lily Tomlin. A beautiful new portrait of Saoirse was released along with the article, and you can view it here.
Here are edited excerpts from the free-flowing conversation moderated by Times film writers Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen in which the actresses discuss the roles that hit too close to home, the secret alchemy of working with directors and how they know when to say “no.”
Keegan: Helen, you recently played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in “Trumbo.” We’re in the L.A. Times building, which is where she worked. How do you think she would handle an actors roundtable?
Mirren: She’d certainly be wearing a hat … the difference would be that none of us would be relaxed because we would know that we had to obey not just what Hedda was requiring of us, but what our studios were requiring of us. I presume we’re all much, much freer than any of those actresses.
Blanchett: No, I was bought many, many years ago. Cheaply. 50 cents.
Keegan: It seems like there is more of an expectation of actors to share of their personal lives now, perhaps, than there was then. Saoirse, how do you strike that balance between wanting to be able to preserve something for yourself and also share a little bit of who you are?
Ronan: I started when I was very young. Even from the age of 12, the only thing that was important was actually the film, and that was the only thing that I was ever going to talk about. Naturally, as actors, we’re very, very open, we’re very emotional and so it’s easier to kind of be expressive…. But for me it’s important to protect my life outside of work.
Our gallery has been updated with a new photo session, and we have also added several missing photos from another photoshoot Saoirse did a couple of months ago as part of her promotion for ‘Brooklyn’. We keep finding new images, as they are all over the place, so we apologize for how long it’s taking us to upload them. If you happen to find anything we haven’t posted yet, please let us know through our social networks (Twitter & Facebook) and we’ll add them as soon as we can. Images from photo Session 029 have also been replaced by better quality versions.
I have added to the gallery two new beautiful portraits of Saoirse with director John Crowley and producer Finola Dwyer for Deadline’s The Contenders 2015. Check them out.
Saoirse dat down with Anne Thompson from IndieWire to discuss instinct, insecurity, and roles for women. Watch it below:
Saoirse and the cast of ‘Brooklyn’ explain the story behind the movie in this beautiful featurette. Check it out!