In a fun new article posted by The New York times, several artists talk about their first time watching ‘Star Wars’, including Saoirse – who, incidentally, autidioned for Episode VII. Read her experience below.
My friend Bill as a boy loved it. I had seen the newer ones, and you know [screws up face], so I thought that’s what “Star Wars” was. He sat me down and said no, no, no, no, no, you have no idea how brilliant this is. So I watched it for the first time [two months ago]. It was so beautiful — I loved it. And I cried when I saw Yoda. Hormones, hormones and “Star Wars.” That’s why children should watch “Star Wars” and not 21-year-old women, because you get very maternal toward Yoda. Super-maternal. I don’t care [that he is hundreds of years old]! He was so wise, but he looked after so many people. Someone needed to take care of him. And then he dies, and he passed on all this wisdom to Luke. Oh my God, I’m going to go watch it again.
Saoirse has recently spoken to Backstage magazine about ‘Brooklyn’, and the article has just been released. Our gallery was updated with a photoshoot featured in the issue, and you can read her interview below.
Eilis Lacey is a girl on the cusp of womanhood in “Brooklyn,” director John Crowley’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel. Leaving behind her rural hometown in Ireland, Eilis is heading into an uncertain future in 1950s New York. And though the period setting might seem distancing, the story of growth and the nature of home spoke directly to star Saoirse Ronan.
“As you leave home, you’re never able to take that step back,” Ronan says. “The realization that I had is that no matter what, once you have an experience that is separate from your home life and from your family and where you grew up, you will never be the same again. You will never be the person that you’d have been had you stayed.”
Sitting over hors d’oeuvres at Manhattan’s Crosby Street Hotel, Ronan is referring not only to screenwriter Nick Hornby’s script (which charts Eilis’ move to Brooklyn; her first love; and her return to Ireland upon a family member’s death), but also to her own life. When Crowley first approached her about the role several years ago, Ronan was in the midst of planning a permanent move from her parents’ house in Dublin to London. Much like Eilis’ emigration to Brooklyn, Ronan’s move to London was her unequivocal leap into independence and adulthood—one she made just before filming “Brooklyn.”
Continue reading (Photos) Saoirse for Backstage Magazine