Saoirse was present at the Longitude Festival in Ireland on July 21st. Thanks to SaoirseUpdates, I’ve uploaded a photo of the event to our gallery:
Public Appearances > 2013 > Longitude Festival in Ireland (July 21)
Saoirse talked with Cath Clarke about the film “Byzantium”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, why she declined The Hobbit and how Hollywood doesn’t have to mean meltdown. Read the article below:
A bundle of energy, Ronan is the most teenage teenage actress we’ve ever met. Child stars are not meant to grow up normal – they’re meant to grow up wild like weeds, into tangled messes. Not this child star. She emerged a fully formed actress in Atonement, only 12 when she filmed her scenes as Briony Tallis. Seven years later she’s brutally honest about the dangers of being a teenager in Hollywood. ‘I could have ended up like Lindsay Lohan. You’re being offered all these different temptations.’ Like what? ‘You know! And everyone is either telling you how great you are or talking about you behind your back. Lindsay Lohan was the ‘It’ girl from like 14. That’s a lot of pressure. If you don’t have your mam telling you “Remember, you’re still my daughter”, you’re going to go off the rails.’
We’re in a nice hotel in London. In the room next door, Ronan’s minders are in a flap. Heavy winds delayed her flight in from Dublin by two hours. Interviews need to be rescheduled. She can’t be late for the Jonathan Ross TV show. Next up she’s starring in a Ryan Gosling movie he’s directing. Cheerfully oblivious, Ronan tells us The Grand Budapest Hotel (due out next year) was her first job without her parents’ chaperoning. The hotel was ‘cool and everything’, but she had been hoping to get a place with a little kitchen of her own. ‘I wanted to be able to cook for myself,’ she says wistfully. ‘I don’t want everyone doing everything for me, you know?’ Her face is a picture of teenage earnestness. ‘I want to naturally be able to grow up as a normal person.’
To be fair, nothing much in her life is normal. Ronan was 13 when she was nominated for an Oscar for Atonement, her memories of the night are of being ‘knackered and hungry’, and she was on a film set before she could walk. Her parents emigrated to New York from Ireland in the late ’80s when times got tough. Her dad Paul took every job under the sun, including one in a bar – where a regular, an Irish actor, suggested he go along to an audition. ‘He never looked back.’
Saoirse had talked about playing Scarlet Witch not very long ago, as you can read here, and she has now addressed the rumors once again.
“[Joining Avengers 2 as Scarlet Witch is] not happening, no! I think that was just one of those little rumours floating about.”
Considering the casting for Wanda (Scarlet Witch) has already begun, it is possible that Saoirse is actually not in the running. Unless, of course, she’s been told to keep her involvement secret, although I’m not sure why that would be necessary. Maybe, if her casting is part of a big Comic Con reveal, or other such giant media event. Perhaps we shall find out soon?
Source: The Mary Sue
Zoomin Movies interviewed Irish director Neil Jordan about his new vampire movie Byzantium. The maker of Interview with the Vampire had a great time working on his new bloodsucker flick and was especially pleased with his two leading ladies, Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. He said Saoirse has a natural and haunting presence, and that she’s one of the best actresses around. Watch the video below:
The Irish Film and Television Network caught up with Saoirse at the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday, accompanied by her father Paul, to talk about her recent roles, the state of the Irish film industry and her memories of ‘Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini. Read the interview below:
Saoirse, thanks very much for taking the time to talk to IFTN. How important do you think the Galway Film Fleadh is for the Irish film industry?
It’s my first time at the Galway Film Fleadh but my Dad comes every year and it seems like one of the most important ones because it’s retained a very traditional festival feel. It hasn’t gotten too glamorous or become so massive that it’s more about the red carpet than anything else. I think that some festivals get too carried away with the glamour of it all. But here everyone’s in jeans and very relaxed, going around catching a few films, which is how a festival should be! I’m looking forward to chatting to other filmmakers here like Marian Quinn and all those people I really admire and look up to.
Your performance as a vampire in ‘Byzantium’ was widely praised by critics as one of the strongest parts of the film. What was the experience like working with Neil Jordan?
I really enjoyed it! I was a bit nervous at first doing anything that involved vampires or that sort of genre, because it’s been done quite a bit recently. So I was a bit worried about that until I read the script and realised how original a story it was. And also the fact that Neil had taken on a script that he hadn’t written himself really said something about Moira’s work. It was a great experience. We shot it in Dublin. We had an Irish crew. We had a fantastic cast with the likes of Gemma and Sam and Tom Hollander. And it was very exciting as well that Neil was able to put his stamp on the genre again.
Saoirse was present at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh this weekend! She received a standing ovation after a public interview with Sean Rocks, host of arts show Arena on RTÉ Radio and the Galway Hooker Award, given to those who have supported and developed Irish cinema in their out individual yet outstanding way. Congratulations, Saoirse!
Public Appearances > 2013 > Galway Film Fleadh (July 14)
Saoirse attended yesterday’s performance of “The Dark Side” by Keith Berry at Olympia Theatre, in Dublin. She had a photo taken with the star backstage and we have uploaded it to our image gallery. She’s blonde once again, guys!
Public Appearances > 2013 > Backstage of “The Dark Side” at Olympia Theatre, Dublin (July 11)