She’s the one to watch this year. The name Lauryn Canny might not be familiar to most people just yet, but, trust us, in a couple of months’ time you’ll know who this 15-year-old is.
“Meryl Streep is my ultimate inspiration,” says Lauryn. “I’m obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence as well — I just love her. Closer to home, Saoirse Ronan is brilliant. I’d love to work with her some time.”
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During an interview for CraveOnline, Kevin McDonald – who directed the film “How I Live Now” – talked about Saoirse. Read the article below.
CraveOnline: Saoirse told us you did not want to cast her at first.
Kevin Macdonald: [Laughs] Well, that’s not quite true. It’s not that I didn’t want to cast her. It’s just that I didn’t think of her for the role I suppose because I wanted an American and I wanted somebody who was unknown. I had it in my head that it should all be a cast of unknowns. I looked for a long time here in the States, had a great casting director, and we looked and looked and couldn’t find anybody.
Then the casting director in the U.K. said, “What about Saoirse?” And I said, “Well, she’s great. She’s a great actress but she’s Irish and she’s a bit older than the character who was meant to be maybe 16.” She said, “Well, you should just meet her.” And of course she walked in and I looked at her and was like, “All right, you’re so fantastic.” Then she read a scene and we were all in tears. Instantly I thought, what an idiot I am. Why didn’t I think of her to begin with? We would’ve saved a lot of time and pain.
Is How I Live Now your first love story?
I guess it is. I’ve done things which have a love story element in them, a romantic element in them of one sort or another. State of Play is a romantic story at it’s heart. Last King of Scotland even has a love story in it but this is the first one which I can say is a love story. That’s what it is. It is a love story. It’s about a girl who can’t love, can’t be loved, doesn’t feel she’s loved who learns to be loved and learns to give love and is transformed through the course of this tale. I was attracted to that. I wanted to make a love story. I wanted to make a story which, although it’s quite dystopian and dark and disturbing in some ways, is at its heart positive, a very positive human message.
For the complete interview, please visit CraveOnline.
Laura Harold, 33, from Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan, stood in for Saoirse in the film “How I Live Now”, released last month. She told WalesOnline she was put through her paces during a physically-demanging shoot and appeared naked in scenes depicting a dream sequence.
She told WalesOnline “The role came about by chance. I had a friend who couldn’t do it and I got asked to send some photos in to an agent who was helping cast How I Live Now and I matched up almost. Obviously we are very far apart in age – I’m 33 and she’s 18 or 19 but when it came t measurements, we were fine.”
Laura said filming took place between May and July last year in Carmarthenshire. And she said the experience was very different to her normal on-set routine. “The next Monday I had a chauffeur show up on my door,” she said. “It was strange with where I was in life – on set and making the set – to being on it and being pampered and someone holding an umbrella and a coat.”
But Laura added it wasn’t all glamour – with frequent late-night shooting and physically-testing scenes. She said: “I really had to get my running shoes on. Most of it was running through brambles and running up a hill. It was a lot of sweaty work because Saoirse could only do a few takes as they were filming in two locations at once. You get scratched up and bruised up and there were times when I was working so hard I felt physically sick and that was quite hard work on my body. You are out there for so many hours and have to get it done in daylight.”
Meanwhile in scenes where she had to strip off, Laura took a pragmatic approach. “I don’t really mind my body,” she said. “We have all got faults.” Laura also met Saoirse and her parents on set and described the young star as “a good laugh”. “She was very down to earth and her parents were down to earth,” Laura said. “She was a good laugh, paying cards and messing around with the other kids on set.”
Saoirse’s performance as an American teenager in Kevin Macdonald’s apocalyptic teen drama ‘How I Live Now’ has earned her strong reviews, which bodes well for her chances of securing other acting nominations as awards season gets underway in the UK and US. She is nominated in the Best Actress category for her performance in How I Live Now, with Judi Dench (Philomena), Lindsay Duncan (Le Week-end), Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) and Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman) also shortlisted.
Judi Dench – Philomena
Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end
Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman
Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now
Source: The Irish Film & Television Network
Actress Saoirse Ronan is eager to overcome her severe stagefright to make her theatre debut.
The Oscar nominee admits she has long harboured dreams of treading the boards, like her actor father, The Devil’s Own star Paul Ronan, but she will have to confront her fears of performing in front of a live audience first. She tells The New York Times Style Magazine, “I think it (performing in a theatre) is in the blood. And even though I’m terrified about doing it, if something goes all right on stage, it must be the most amazing feeling.”
However, Ralph Fiennes, the actress’ co-star in upcoming film Grand Budapest Hotel, is convinced the 19 year old would be a “natural” and “fantastic” on stage. He adds, “She just seems to have been gifted with something, where she seems to have none of the anxiety the rest of us have. She’s very special.”
Veronica Roth, the 25-year-old American author of the best-selling fantasy trilogy ‘Divergent’, has revealed that she is a huge fan of actress Saoirse Ronan, and would love to see her cast in the upcoming film adaptations of her hit teen books.
The first of the best-selling ‘Divergent’ trilogy has already been made into a movie, which is due to be released in March, and Roth revealed that she would be happy if Carlow actress Ronan was cast in the upcoming movies. “I am trying to think of what she could do. She could do anything – she’s great,” Roth said. The young author was in town at a ticket-only event in Eason’s, Dublin – where she met 200 fans and signed copies of the final instalment of the series – ‘Allegiant’ – which was released last week.
Speaking to the Irish Independent shortly before she took to the stage, Roth said she was “excited” to be in Dublin. “The city is beautiful,” she said. Some of the 200 “super-fans” who were lucky enough to snap up tickets were Alex Shelley (15), Louise Lennon-Malbasha (16) and Kirsty Byrne (15). The trio were there as part of a larger group of 14, comprised of school friends and connections made on social media sites over their love of ‘Divergent’.
Roth is not the only high-profile American fan that the Oscar-nominated Ronan has won over in recent times, as an interview with the actress in the ‘New York Times’ last week revealed that she had developed the most unlikely of friendships – with veteran punk queen Patti Smith.
The ‘Atonement’ actress said that she and Smith had a moment at the New York premiere of her recent box-office hit ‘The Host’, where Smith had turned up in the hope of meeting her. “She took my hands and gave me some amazing words of wisdom,” Ronan said. The two then exchanged emails, and the 19-year-old has said that the 66-year-old rocker is the “most incredible” celebrity she has met since she was catapulted to fame.
“Out of all the people I’ve met through showbusiness, she’s the most incredible, such a generous and kind and intelligent woman.”
Source: Irish Independent
Saoirse has been nominated for Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy at the Teen Choice Awards 2013! Make sure you vote for her here!
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Special Airs Sunday, August 11, LIVE on FOX
TEEN CHOICE 2013 will once again break into summer and celebrate the hottest teen icons in television, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the web in the choicest, star-studded two-hour event airing live Sunday, August 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” leads the TEEN CHOICE 2013 nominees with seven nominations.
Starting today, fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2013 “Wave One” nominees at www.teenchoiceawards.com. Host(s), performers, presenters and additional nominees will be announced soon.
Congratulations, Saoirse! We’ll be voting!
Source: Teen Choice 2013