Saoirse (pronounced SIR-sha, “like inertia”) Ronan plays an alien and a human in the same body in the new romantic sci-fi film “The Host,” based on a book by “Twilight” series author Stephenie Meyer. Ronan, who turns 19 in April, is already a seasoned thespian, with an Oscar nod for her performance in 2007’s “Atonement.”
Are you a fan of the “Twilight” vampire romance book and film series and its author, Stephenie Meyer? Is that what drew you to “The Host”?
Yes, that was definitely one of the draws for me to work with Stephenie. I had read the first “Twilight” book when I was 14 and really liked how clear she made something like first love and discovering yourself. I haven’t seen many of the films, to be honest — I think I saw the first one and the last one, but it was more the books that I liked.
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In “The Host,” you play two characters in one body at the same time. How did you build them and distinguish between the two in your acting?
I wanted to make sure that the characters were strong enough on their own that they were able to bounce off one another yet still work in harmony throughout the story. So we started to develop what kind of accents they would have. And it made sense for one to be very well spoken, very articulate, in every way calm and serene and positive. Whereas Melanie [the human] really moves and when she speaks it’s fight talk.
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I’ve updated our gallery with two photos taken by Justin Coit for the website WhatWeWear. Along with the images, they have released an interview – in which Saoirse talks mostly about style. Read it below.
Photoshoots > 2013 > Session 004
Thursday, March, 28, 2013
At just 19 years old, Saoirse Ronan already has a more diverse resume than many actresses three times her age. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Atonement (at 13!), played a brutally-murdered teen in The Lovely Bones, and starred as a steely young assassin in Hanna. Off-screen, the Irish beauty’s style is as eclectic as her film roles. Equally polished and edgy, Saoirse glams up the red carpet with ease and grace—and just the right amount of swagger. This month, she stars alongside fellow style star Diane Kruger in sci-fi romance The Host, based on the book by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. She took a few minutes out of her time stateside to talk favorite costumes, prissy dressing, and worshiping Tilda Swinton.
WWW: What does it mean to you when you get into costume for a film?
SR: I think it’s a really important part of building a character. To have time with the costume designer and director before you begin shooting is wonderful. Sometimes you’re building a character from outside in, and you take in the physicality of the person you’re playing through your clothes. They’re a big part of who the person is.
WWW: What has been your favorite movie wardrobe so far?
SR: My favorite was on How I Live Now. I was playing a girl from New York City with bleached blonde hair and piercings, and as soon as I put my leather jacket and creepers on I really felt like I could have an attitude.
I always have a special place in my heart for the yellow bell-bottoms that I wore for The Lovely Bones, but I wouldn’t wear that stuff out.
WWW: Describe your personal style.
SR: Very casual, very low key. Not prissy. Always something that has a bit of an edge.
WWW: What’s something you’d never wear?
SR: I’m not into really pretty pink things. When I was younger, I went shopping with my mum, and she brought this pink dress over, and it had these big puffy sleeves. I was only two, but I said: No, no, no! It’s too prettiful!
WWW: What style risk would you like to take?
SR: I’d love to wear Doc Martens on a red carpet.
Just Jared has just released a new photoshoot featuring the stars of “The Host”! I’ve uploaded the photos to our gallery, enjoy!
Photoshoots > 2013 > Session 003
A new photoshoot has been added to our gallery! Saoirse was photographed by Lorenzo Agius, but we are still not sure as to when the photos were taken. They have been placed under the category ‘2013’, but it is possible that they are from 2012.
Photoshoots > 2013 > Session 002
Several outtakes from Saoirse’s Dazed & Confused photoshoot have been released, you can see them in our photo gallery.
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