DOCUMENT JOURNAL – Saoirse Ronan was 16 when she did her first Vogue photoshoot, under the creative direction of Grace Coddington. Then a rising star with the first of an eventual four Oscar nominations under her belt, the young actor used her considerable ability to fully embody Pre-Raphaelite muses, gazing at the heavens as an exquisitely doomed Ophelia, and running through overgrown castle gardens and untamed forests as a rogue Arthurian queen. The shoot is the perfect distillation of their shared capacity to convey an entire story in a single moment, with Ronan as its subject and Coddington as its mastermind. Photographed by Steven Meisel, the portraits beckon you into the fantastical world of a flaming-haired, barefooted woman, consumed in dramas of lore and legend—exactly the kind of mesmerizing, narratively rich images which characterize Coddington’s decades-long reign as American Vogue’s creative director. In the foreword Ronan later wrote for Grace: The American Vogue Years (Phaidon), she expressed a sentiment common among those who have been lucky enough to work with the fashion editor: “A fire as bright as her hair is brought to everything she makes room for in her heart. A burst of character and brilliance!”
ELLE UK – ‘There’s too many people in this cast!’ Saoirse Ronan jokingly groans during a game of Knowing Me, Knowing You, to mark the release of See How They Run.
The Irish actor, best known for bringing Jo March to life in Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women, embodying Mary Queen of Scots in the film of the same name, portraying a relatable angsty teen in Lady Bird and garnering her first (of four) Oscar nomination at the age of 13 for her role in Atonement, c0-leads a pretty impressive ensemble cast in her latest film.
Ronan plays an ambitious police officer paired with seasoned, yet unorthodox, detective (Sam Rockwell), in a ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery comedy where the scene of the crime is a theatre (showing London’s long-running production, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap).
The production, directed by This Country’s Tom George, has a very impressive cast, hence Ronan’s struggle to pick the correct co-star in answer to our trivia questions. Joining Ronan and Rockwell are David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson, Adrien Brody, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Reece Shearsmith and Harris Dickinson.
Ronan and Oscar-winner Rockwell shared all of their scenes together and forged a friendship off screen too, with Ronan telling us: ‘He’s the best. I’d only heard wonderful things about him as a person. He’s just one of the most exciting actors that we have. I had the best time working with Sam Rockwell, he feels like a proper friend now.’
Another actor – though not in this film – that she has a fond association with is Brad Pitt. Ronan was held as a baby by the Troy actor when she was brought onto set by her father Paul who was filming The Devil’s Own, with Pitt.
‘I hope he doesn’t get weirded out by this… that I’ve spent years telling people that he held me as a child. My mission is to make sure his children also know that I was held by Brad Pitt as a child,’ she jokes.
Upon learning that her co-star Shearsmith has previously said his most prized possession is part of The Wicker Man, signed by Sir Christopher Lee, Ronan divulged that hers is something she was gifted after shooting Little Women alongside Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen and Timothée Chalamet.
‘My favourite thing that was given to me was a copy of Little Women but by Jo March because there’s a whole sequence at the end of the movie where she gets her book published… I have a copy of it and Jo’s name is underneath the title which is very special.’
See How They Run is in cinemas from September 9th.
Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal, LaKeith Stanfield To Star In Garth Davis-Directed Grounded Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Foe’ – Cannes Market
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal and LaKeith Stanfield will star in Foe, an adaptation of the Iain Reid bestselling science fiction novel. Lion helmer Garth Davis will direct a script he wrote with the author and filming will get underway in January in Australia. Pic takes shape as a hot title in the upcoming Cannes Virtual Market, with FilmNation brokering international rights and CAA Media Finance and UTA’s Independent Film Group co-repping domestic rights.
Saoirse is featured on IO Donna, a renowed Italian magazine. Unfortunately for me, my italian is pretty tragic, but I did make an attempt at translating the article, and you can read it below. I apologize for any mistakes and would very much welcome corrections.
Our gallery has also been updated with the photoshoot featured on the article.
It is almost impossible for the actors to inspire tenderness outside a film set. The better they are, the greater the mistrust. But in the presence of Saoirse Ronan who, with genuine triumphalism, reveals: “Yesterday I got my license!” Not even the experienced reporter can prevent solidarity. And the feeling is that the 25 year old Irishwoman who received her first Oscar nomination when she was 13 (for Atonement, which was followed by two others) had a great desire to tell the world she grew up.
The condition of a child prodigy (and she is a prodigious child too), even if perhaps it is no longer as dangerous as it used to be, it is certainly uncomfortable. There is always someone ready to remind you of the stories that ended badly, the talents that disappeared, those in conflict with their parents, those unable to make the transition. Macaulay Culkin will forever be the child from “Home Alone”, while Jodie Foster still represents, at 56, the happy outcome. Saoirse, beyond the exoticism of the name (meaning “freedom”, which was very popular in the 1920s and was pronounced “Serscia”), is keen to let people know that she lives a fairly normal life. She works in Europe and America and rests in the Irish countryside, which she never misses an opportunity to exalt for its beauty and thaumaturgical properties on the body and the spirit.
Saoirse and Margot Robbie were on BBC Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James to promote “Mary Queen of Scots”! It seems to have happened a while ago, but their official channel on Youtube has just shared the video, and you can watch it below.
Gold Derby has released a new interview with Saoirse! She talked to senior editor Joyce Eng about the evolution of “Mary Queen of Scots” through the years, the misconceptions about Mary Stuart and working with Margot Robbie on that one climactic scene in the film. You can watch it below.
Saoirse talked to BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb, who’s one of our favorite interviewers, about some of her most important roles to date – in movies such as “Brooklyn”, “Lady Bird” and, of course, “Mary Queen of Scots”. You can watch it below.
Saoirse was on RTÉ One’s The Late Late Show yesterday! They played an adorable audio of 10 year-old Saoirse calling the radio and imitating The Gingerbread Man from Shrek for a contest, and she talked about her experience with the Me Too movement and being constantly protected by her parents.
She was also photographed outside the studio, and our gallery has been updated with the candids.