British website Telegraph has posted a small article about Saoirse, read it below:
Saoirse Ronan has starred in a string of films that were adapted from novels including The Lovely Bones, Atonement and The City of Ember. However, the 19-year-old Irish actress does not take the time to read the books before filming.
“I usually don’t read the books first,” Ronan tells Mandrake. “I know that sounds really unprofessional.” Instead she prefers to rely on the script alone. “I’ve been really lucky to have strong scripts from the off,” she says. “Usually I have found that reading the books just complicates that for me.”
Ronan’s next role is in Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel which will also star Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray.
Saoirse is apparently out and Alicia Vikandar is now in to play wartime pacifist Vera Brittain in a biopic called “ Testament of Youth” according to Britain’s The Daily Mail. She is due to start another movie, Brooklyn, at the same time “Testament Of Youth” will be shooting.
Poised on the edge of adulthood, the Irish actress Saoirse Ronan still lives at home with her parents, but is coming into her own with an Oscar nomination, films with Wes Anderson and Ryan Gosling, and a budding friendship with Patti Smith.
Through the windows of stained and frosted glass, light from the city streets streams in, dusty and mellow. Conversation swells across the paisley carpet and the worn velveteen booths. Watching over it all, as he has done for the past 40 years, is the wry, white-bearded barman, Tommy Smith, a collector of rare books. On the wood-paneled walls, a ramshackle gallery of local artists; on the stools, a mixture of old-timers and Dublin hipsters (much like the Brooklyn variety, except they get their bikes stolen more often). There’s nowhere in the world quite like Grogans, this much-loved pub. If you’re looking for out-of-work Dublin actors, people say, this is where you’ll more than likely find them.
And here, it seems, is another of their number, strolling in from the street in the middle of the afternoon, her Dublin drawl ringing out proud and lively and her vivid blue eyes lighting up as she scores us a corner booth. In her plaid shirt and skinny jeans, she could easily be one of the local hipsters, but — don’t tell the other actors — that’s actually an Oscar nominee in the corner. And don’t blame me for introducing Saoirse Ronan, Ireland’s first honest-to-goodness Hollywood ingénue, just 19 years old, and with the most flawless skin I’ve ever seen, to Dublin’s most notorious bohemian bar. This was her father’s idea.
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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.’
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Due to the lack of promotion for “Byzantium” (I suppose all those videos of Saoirse talking about “The Host” set the bar a bit too high), we’ve been looking for anything new on the movie and its release around the world. With the exception of a few great reviews, nothing has come up. Cleveland‘s review is probably one of the most complete I’ve read so far, so I thought you guys might like it as well. There are no spoilers.
Clara is a feisty, flirtatious, alluring woman. Heavy on eye makeup, push-up bras and attitude, she knows how to manipulate men and make money with her looks. She is also a “soucriant,” a kind of vampire-hybrid. Daylight does not upset her and she has no noticeable fangs, though she feasts on human blood and has lived for centuries.
Clara, played by Gemma Arterton, is a real kick in the head. But despite her intensity and murderous streak, she is not even the most interesting character in Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium.” That would be Eleanor, Clara’s compatriot in blood. More thoughtful and reflective, Eleanor, played by Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement,” “The Lovely Bones”), writes down the history of her bizarre journey as the two women flutter from town to town.
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In a recent interview with The Guardian, Saoirse has revealed some things about Eleanor, her character in the upcoming film “Byzantium”. Read the article below:
The big question concerning Saoirse Ronan – apart from how on earth one pronounces her first name (try rhyming it with “inertia”) – has been when exactly she might cross the threshold into adult roles, and how. The Irish actor has only just turned 19, so it’s hardly surprising she has spent her career playing children, though that rather under-represents the challenging nature of her parts to date.
Unusually for a young actor, she has achieved fame and acclaim without first passing through the brightly lit high-school corridors of the teen-movie genre. She was Oscar-nominated at the age of 13 for her otherworldly performance as Briony Tallis, the spiteful catalyst for catastrophe in Atonement; she was the murdered girl monitoring the hunt for her own killer in supernatural drama The Lovely Bones; she played a ruthless assassin in Hanna; and in The Host, a teenage science-fiction thriller from the pen of Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer, Ronan was called upon to give a double performance: as both a blank-faced victim of extra-terrestrial possession, and the indefatigable soul still trapped inside.
Given that she has technically never portrayed an adult on screen, Ronan is growing up in one colossal leap in her new film, Byzantium, an atmospheric chiller about a mother-daughter vampire team. Playing Eleanor the 200-year-old bloodsucker does dramatically raisethe average age of the roles on Ronan’s CV, although she insists the secret was to approach her as the 16-year-old she appears to be on the outside. “I didn’t really feel like I was playing an adult,” she says in her gentle Irish lilt when we meet in a London hotel. She’s wearing an emerald-green cardigan, and her fingernails are painted vivid electric-blue. Tissues and medication are spread out on the coffee table to help combat her cold. “Eleanor has been a teenager for 200 years,” she points out. “But that’s still what she is – a teenager. She’s a very old soul. “
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Saoirsehas said that Ryan Gosling will be a “great” director because he is in tune with his work. The actress is set to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming film “How To Catch a Monster”, which Gosling will be directing.
The Irish actress stars in his directorial debut – the fantasy noir How To Catch A Monster – alongside Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes and Matt Smith, which has started filming in Detroit, Michigan.
“I know he’s going to be a great director because I’ve talked to him and I know his ideas. He wrote the script, which is fantastic, and with each draft you can see it’s really come on and you can see where he wants the story to go.”
Saoirse, who is also continuing her successful streak with a leading role in Wes Anderson’s upcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel, is already a big fan of Ryan’s work and the choices he has made in his career. “I think you can tell by the choices he makes as an actor that he very much respects the story in the film and strong characters. He could have easily picked a bunch of blockbusters films over Blue Valentine and Drive but he didn’t and because he’s so great and was working with great people he made really great films and I think that’s something that’s important to him.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph
Joss Whedon has recently been discussing the fact that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be appearing in The Avengers 2, with rumours circulating that Saoirse is the frontrunner to play the latter.
The Hanna star addressed those rumours this week, stating that she’d jump at the chance to play the comic book character.
“I have heard about it and yes, I would” she told The Mary Sue. “Of course I would. I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes.
“I think it’s very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.”