The versatile, Oscar-nominated star of Atonement, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Brooklyn joins us to discuss her acting career.
Saoirse Ronan shines in The May Fair Hotel gala Brooklyn as Eilis, a young Irish woman who travels to independence in New York in the 1950s and finds herself torn between her new life and her past in Ireland. A nuanced, mature performance, it not only reinforces her acting credentials, it signals a new phase in her already impressive career. After beginning in TV and film at an early age, it was the role of naïve, spiteful Briony in Atonement (2007), when she was just 13, that earned her critical success and Academy and BAFTA Award nominations. BAFTA nominated again two years later for her role as murder victim Susie in The Lovely Bones, she followed up with Peter Weir’s The Way Back. Ronan thrilled us as the ruthless assassin in Hanna working once more with Atonement director Joe Wright. Continuing to choose strong and interesting parts she played the immortal vampire Eleanor in Byzantium, a double role as survivor Melanie and alien possessor Wanda in The Host and the young romantic in Kevin MacDonald’s dystopian How I Live Now. She stole the screen as the muse and bakery assistant in the stellar-cast of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and then as Rat in Lost River. Ronan is currently filming several new projects and takes time to join us to discuss her acting career in this Screen Talk.