Saoirse and a very talented group of actresses gathered earlier this month to talk with The Envelope about their films, their personal approaches to work, and their industry. Participating in the conversation were Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Charlotte Rampling and Lily Tomlin. A beautiful new portrait of Saoirse was released along with the article, and you can view it here.
Here are edited excerpts from the free-flowing conversation moderated by Times film writers Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen in which the actresses discuss the roles that hit too close to home, the secret alchemy of working with directors and how they know when to say “no.”
Keegan: Helen, you recently played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in “Trumbo.” We’re in the L.A. Times building, which is where she worked. How do you think she would handle an actors roundtable?
Mirren: She’d certainly be wearing a hat … the difference would be that none of us would be relaxed because we would know that we had to obey not just what Hedda was requiring of us, but what our studios were requiring of us. I presume we’re all much, much freer than any of those actresses.
Blanchett: No, I was bought many, many years ago. Cheaply. 50 cents.
Keegan: It seems like there is more of an expectation of actors to share of their personal lives now, perhaps, than there was then. Saoirse, how do you strike that balance between wanting to be able to preserve something for yourself and also share a little bit of who you are?
Ronan: I started when I was very young. Even from the age of 12, the only thing that was important was actually the film, and that was the only thing that I was ever going to talk about. Naturally, as actors, we’re very, very open, we’re very emotional and so it’s easier to kind of be expressive…. But for me it’s important to protect my life outside of work.
Our gallery has been updated with a new photo session, and we have also added several missing photos from another photoshoot Saoirse did a couple of months ago as part of her promotion for ‘Brooklyn’. We keep finding new images, as they are all over the place, so we apologize for how long it’s taking us to upload them. If you happen to find anything we haven’t posted yet, please let us know through our social networks (Twitter & Facebook) and we’ll add them as soon as we can. Images from photo Session 029 have also been replaced by better quality versions.
I have added to the gallery two new beautiful portraits of Saoirse with director John Crowley and producer Finola Dwyer for Deadline’s The Contenders 2015. Check them out.
Saoirse dat down with Anne Thompson from IndieWire to discuss instinct, insecurity, and roles for women. Watch it below:
Saoirse and the cast of ‘Brooklyn’ explain the story behind the movie in this beautiful featurette. Check it out!
Saoirse visited Peter Travers show and she discussed about her accent, Brooklyn and moving away from her home and much more. Be sure to check it out.
Saoirse attended a party hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle in celebration of the upcoming Golden Globes season, and our gallery has been updated with images from the event.
Our gallery has been updated with photos of Saoirse at the 7th Annual Governors Awards, which took place in Hollywood last night.
It has been announced that Saoirse will receive the “International Star Award” for “Brooklyn“ at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival!
Whether or not Saoirse Ronan wins the Best Actress Oscar for her turn in “Brooklyn,” she’ll at least have one award under her belt, thanks to the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Organizers have announced that the 21-year-old actress will be honored with the International Star Award at its annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 2. The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial recognition across the globe throughout their body of work.
“From her unforgettable roles in ‘Atonement,’ ‘The Lovely Bones,’ ‘Hanna’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ we have seen Saoirse Ronan grow from a young girl to the accomplished actress she is today,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In John Crowley’s new film ‘Brooklyn,’ Ronan gives a mesmerizing performance as a young woman from Ireland who is offered the chance of a new life in New York. In this role, Ronan embodies the grace and depth of a classic Hollywood screen star.”
Saoirse was on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night, along with actresses Olivia Wilde and Melissa Benoist. Thanks to the show’s official youtube channel, we have a hilarious video of the 3 of them talking about their first experience moving away from home. Watch it below.
Saoirse attended the AFI FEST 2015 Indie Contenders Roundtable last night, which was presented by The Hollywood Reporter. Our gallery has been updated with images from the event.