Here is a new press junket interview of Saoirse for the ‘Byzantium’, check it out and I’ll update the post if we get more interviews.
It’s not surprising that the young Carlow actress feels this way, considering the fact that at just 18-years-old, she has played the lead role in a string of box office hits, has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest players and already has an Oscar nomination under her belt. However, despite such worldwide success and her young years, the talented actress remains humble and appreciative – and her Irish accent is still completely intact!
In this exclusive interview, Saoirse chats happily about her brand new sci-fi movie ‘The Host’, her mum’s recent star struck moment and why working in America has made her even more patriotic!
Saoirse, why do you think your career has happened the way it has? Do you ever ask ‘Why me’?
I just did a film with Wes Anderson and he always has amazing casts in his films and he has a brilliant, brilliant cast in this. We used to have dinner together every single night and you’re sitting down at the table and Wes is at the top of the table and Harvey Keitel is there and Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray – it’s amazing. There are moments like that when suddenly everything is a bit too surreal. The thing is I never take it for granted but it’s just part of my life. It doesn’t overwhelm me. I’ve been dealing with it since I was 10 and I’ve been lucky in that since the very first film I’ve done, I’ve worked with a lot of very well-known actors so I’ve gotten used to that quite early on and I’m sure that’s made a difference. I think what’s really made a difference is my mom’s attitude to it all because she’s always come away with me from the age of 10 and she’s never swept up in that kind of stuff. She thinks it’s great to meet all these great people – unless it was John Travolta because of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ or Stevie Nicks.
Did she meet him?
I have added to the gallery new amazing stills and promotional pictures of Saoirse from ‘Byzantium’ in UHQ. Check them out!
WHO is afraid of Saoirse Ronan? In the bowels of a Glasgow hotel, she looks innocent enough, sitting demurely in the manner of a 1950s model, legs crossed at the ankle and chatting about how best to drain a body of blood.
“Vampire teeth really aren’t very efficient, are they?” she ponders. “It looks very messy. I’m not sure it’s the best way to get a pint off anyone.”
Well quite, so thank goodness Ronan plays a modern kind of vampire in Neil Jordan’s gothic Byzantium, where she and Gemma Arterton are mother and daughter, roaming Britain and digging their nails into veins. Nails? These vampires use an extendable thumbnail to pop veins like milk cartons. They also don’t have an allergy to crucifixes or daylight, though blood remains their drink of choice. “They don’t even call themselves vampires,” says Ronan. “The word is sucreants. It’s like they threw all the vampire traditions out of the window, and really, it’s a movie about loneliness because these two young women can’t have relationships or talk about what they are, because if they tell anyone, they have to kill them.”
It’s a far cry from the Twilight films. “It is, but I love vampire films. My favourite is Interview With The Vampire. It’s got this gothic sensibility, and, of course, Neil Jordan made that too, and the reason I made Byzantium is because I really wanted to work with Neil.”
Thanks to Gemma Arterton Online for the new high quality Promotional Pictures and Stills from ‘Byzantium’.
Saoirse Ronan is stifling a giggle. The recording device has broken mid-interview, and Ronan, the Irish teen star of Atonement and The Lovely Bones, is merrily finding an alternative on my iPad, as she tries to suppress the smile of a teenager faced with the technological ineptitude of an older generation. “There you go,” she announces triumphantly in the Dublin drawl she has rarely used on screen. “That’s grand.”
It’s rather a relief to see that Ronan is still a teenager at heart, albeit an extremely polite one. Having worked since the age of nine, she is possessed of an extraordinary maturity and polish, both on screen and in person, a quality that has led to her being cast repeatedly as precociously talented youngsters: budding writer, child assassin, benevolent teenage vampire. Byzantium, her latest film, will be her 12th feature. She’s aged just 19, and every film-maker she has worked with sings her praises. Joe Wright, who directed Atonement, calls her “the most dedicated and focused actor I have ever met”. It’s impressive – but a little intimidating, too, in someone so young.
And yet, there is something endearingly girlish about her. When I meet her, ahead of the UK premiere of Byzantium at the Glasgow Film Festival, she is curled-up, cat-like, on the sofa, dressed in thick black tights and a floral skirt – a youthful contrast to the glamorous woman who emerges later on the red carpet in stilettos. But Ronan is in need of adolescent downtime. On her 18th birthday, she did not, like other girls, go out for celebratory drinks. In fact, she did not do any partying at all, because she was on set in New Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
I have added to the gallery a new/old gorgeous ‘Byzantium’ portrait from Toronto International Film Festival back in September 2012. It was shot by Fabrizio Maltese.
Photoshoots > 2012 > TIFF – ‘Byzantium’ Portrait #3
Warner Bros. is in final negotiations to catch a monster — Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut “How to Catch a Monster,” TheWrap has learned.
Saoirse Ronan stars alongside Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Ben Mendelsohn and Rob Zabrecky.
Bold Films is financing the film as well as producing with Marc Platt Productions and Gosling’s Phantasma Films. David Lancaster and Michel Litvak are producing for Bold along with Platt and Adam Siegel.
Gosling wrote the film himself and has decided not to appear in it, to the dismay of his legion of fans.
The deal for U.S. rights, which is being negotiated by WME Global, is rumored to be in the vicinity of $3 million. Sierra/Affinity is selling international territories.
The fantasy thriller follows a single mother who is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
Warner Bros. is high on Gosling, who starred in its movies “Gangster Squad” and “Crazy Stupid Love.”