BACKSTAGE.COM: One of the freshest talents to emerge out of Hollywood in recent years is Saoirse Ronan. Ronan is only less than a decade into her film career, but her résumé reads like a who’s who list of Hollywood A-list filmmakers and co-stars.
Ronan’s career continues to burn bright after receiving a second Academy Award nomination at 21 for “Brooklyn.”
Ronan stars as Eilis, a young Irish woman who immigrates to Brooklyn in the 1950s in search of a better future. She almost immediately falls into a romance with a young man named Tony (Emory Cohen). However, Eilis’ past eventually catches up with her and she must return home to Ireland. Torn between two worlds, Ronan beautifully conveys Eilis’ internal conflict and her realization of what “home” actually means to her.
“Brooklyn” earned two additional Oscar nominations for picture (producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey) and adapted screenplay (writer Nick Hornby). Hornby adapts from Colm Tóibín’s novel of the same name. The film, directed by John Crowley, also stars Jim Broadbent, Domhnall Gleeson, and Julie Walters.
Ronan first broke out eight years ago in Joe Wright’s “Atonement” where she earned her first Oscar nomination. Since then, Ronan has worked with a wide array of co-stars (Cate Blanchett, Ed Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci) and filmmakers, including Peter Jackson (“The Lovely Bones”), Peter Weir (“The Way Back”), and Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”).
Backstage is partnering with the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles for a retrospective on the actor, spanning across four evenings with screenings of her most notable films. Backstage and Landmark are giving away 25 free tickets.
The “Atonement” screening will take place Jan. 26 (click here to RSVP); “Hanna” on Jan. 27 (click here to RSVP); “The Grand Budapest Hotel” on Jan. 28 (click here to RSVP); and Elvis Mitchell is set to moderate a conversation with Ronan following the “Brooklyn” screening on Jan. 29 (click here to RSVP).
Note: the RSVP does not guarantee entry so please arrive at least 30 minutes before start time as its first come first served.
Until then, take an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of “Brooklyn”!
It was just announced Saoirse Ronan will be in your solo directorial debut, Lady Bird. That’s big news.
I know. I know.
How does that happen? Did you make contact with her at all?
Well, kind of. It was a very fortuitous turn of events. She ended up reading the script and really connected to it. Then I met her and we read it together and she’s so instantly great. It was written in the stars a bit and I’m very lucky it happened the way it did. But, yeah, it was fortuitous.
It was already getting a lot of attention because it’s your first movie directing by yourself, and now with her…
I know. She’s the best. In a way, I’m so happy that all of this has happened for her. But it’s not the basis of my interest. She was great no matter what. But, I’m so glad, it’s so great to reward the good guys.
But now you don’t have to tell people, “Oh, you’re going to love her.” People already know.
Yes, that’s true. And she’s just a tremendous talent and what a face. I couldn’t be more honored that she’s going to be in the film.
After this, you’re gearing up to direct again with “Lady Bird.” It was just announced yesterday that you’ve cast Saoirse Ronan as your leading lady.
She’s my girl. She’s my girl. I’m very, very blessed. She is a talent for the ages. She is so young and she is so great. Every time I wake up and I remember that she’s going to be in it, it’s like remembering, I don’t know, it’s like “the dream was real! It’s happening!” I’m really excited.
I’ve spent a long time writing this script and it feels like something I’ve been working towards for — it’s 2016, I graduated from college in 2006, I’ve been working as a co-writer, a writer, co-director, producer, actor — and it feels like I’ve apprenticed for ten years and it feels time and I hope that I am equal to her talents.
She’s a chameleon, but she’s so subtle, it never feels like she’s bringing you this ready-made performance, she kind of subtly becomes this other person, and that’s the kind of acting I like. I’m so glad she’s been rewarded for it so richly.
DEADLINE.COM: Saoirse Ronan is set to star in Lady Bird, the writing and directorial debut of actress Greta Gerwig. IAC Films is financing the film, which is being produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill. Ronan will play a high school senior, spending her last year at home in Sacramento.