(Video) Fun Facts about Saoirse

Saoirse has had a big year: First, her new film How I Live Now, from The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald, is out in theaters now. Then later this year, she stars alongside Wes Anderson regulars Owen Wilson and Bill Murray in the quirky director’s upcoming movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Not to mention that Star Wars audition. But all that work doesn’t mean Ronan can’t make time for dragging her friends up to sing karaoke with her or reading and re-reading all the Harry Potter books.

Entertainment Weekly sat down for a Pop Culture Personality Test with the Irish actress and found out about what movie she watched over and over again growing up (hint: there were Pink Lady jackets involved) and which TV show she couldn’t miss.

Watch the video here!

“Violet & Daisy” Blu-Ray Release

The film “Violet & Daisy” has finally been released!

Saoirse Ronan
Violet & Daisy Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

When they are lured into what is supposed to be just another quick and easy job, Violet and Daisy’s plum plans get complicated as the man they’re supposed to kill is not what they expected.

For more about Violet & Daisy and the Violet & Daisy Blu-ray release, see the Violet & Daisy Blu-ray Review published by Jeffrey Kauffman on November 22, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan, James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Cody Horn, John Ventimiglia
Director: Geoffrey Fletcher

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Kevin McDonald talks about Saoirse

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.

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Violet & Daisy

Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan discuss their roles in this surreal tale about teen assassins, working with the late James Gandolfini and creating a fantasy world. Written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher, the screenwriter of 2009’s Precious, this film will blow your mind.

Often compared to the quirky and savage filmmaking of Quentin Tarantino, Violet & Daisy tells the story of two teenage girls who enjoy their work as professional killers when they’re not indulging in a rich fantasy life.

Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan play Violet and Daisy. Together, they describe the script as, “Surreal, original, funny, crazy and weird, not predictable in any way.” Okay, that piques our interest.

About her character, Bledel said, “Violet very much defines herself by her work. She’s also very sensitive and very vicious. She’s definitely a person who fluctuates between two extremes. For me, it’s fun because I haven’t played a character like her before.” On the other end of the spectrum is Daisy, who Ronan claims, “Is nice. I haven’t played many characters who are just really sweet. And you can see as well she’s really yearning for a normal life.”

So how do these two opposites interact in the film? “It’s like three different movies, really. It starts off in this fantasy world, then it gets a bit more real down the road, then more real and more real,” said Ronan. She continued, “Geoffrey [Fletcher] is fantastic. As we all know, he’s a really, really talented writer and he’s got a great vision. He’s been able to come up with some really interesting shots I don’t think many people would have thought of. He likes to play around with symbols, which I always think is interesting in film.”

Will fans of Precious relate to this film? Bledel thinks so. “I think people who took a lot from Precious, they might be able to find similar themes, but delivered in a very, very different style.”

A key element to the story is when Violet & Daisy meet a character with a death wish. The late, great James Gandalfini plays “The Guy”, an intimidating man with a secret.

About working with the actor best known for playing Tony Soprano, Ronan said, “I really, really like working with Jim. He’s just great, a really professional guy, very focused and we have great, meaty scenes together. It’s been lovely, especially since the writing is so good.”

Violet & Daisy will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download Nov. 19.

Source: She Knows