For two months before shooting began on this month’s action thriller Hanna, 17-year-old Saoirse Ronan endured a daily four-hour regimen of martial arts and weight lifting to play a girl trained by her father—a former Central Intelligence Agency operative (Eric Bana)—to assassinate a top CIA official (Cate Blanchett). It’s not the first time Ronan has been called upon to portray a kid with very adult challenges. In Atonement, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination, she played 13-year-old Briony Tallis, whose rape allegation dooms the love affair between Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. In Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, she was 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who narrates her own murder investigation from beyond the grave. Yet to Ronan’s surprise, she found some childlike elements in the character of Hanna. “At first I thought, This is going to be a badass kid,” says the Irish actress. “But she turned into something else, which was actually quite innocent.” Although Hanna is very much an action movie (set to a thumping Chemical Brothers score), it’s also a coming-of-age story, to which Ronan can relate. “I’m still figuring out who I am,” she admits.
Three more outtakes from LA Times photoshoot have been added!
Photoshoots from 2011 > 2011 : Session 02
At only 16, Saoirse Ronan already has 9 films and an Oscar nomination under her belt. But spend a few minutes with her while she’s munching on french fries and lounging barefoot, and you’ll see that this Irish actress is actually refreshingly normal. From geeking out over Lady Gaga to showing off her favorite Miu Miu brogues, the almost-17-year old is totally charming. In other words, we were totally relieved to find that she’s the exact opposite of her scary hit-girl alter ego in the new action movie, Hanna. We caught up with Saoirse the day of the film’s New York premiere.
So the premiere for Hanna is tonight. Are you pumped?
Yeah, I’m ready for everyone to see it! We’ve had so many screenings and Q&A’s, and the reaction has been pretty great. I’ll be interested to see the response.
What drew you to the film originally?
The whole project seemed a really exciting thing to be a part of. It was very well-written, and the writer, Seth Lochead, was only 24. I liked the fact that the character was different than other action heroines than I’d seen before. She’s weird, a bit of a misfit, and quite alien as well. She’s just now experiencing all these things that we’ve had our whole life to experience. Joe Wright [the director] got on board soon after I did.
Hanna is basically this teen killing machine. How was it playing such an intense role?
It was brilliant. It was one of the best exercises you could have as an actor. She’s been in isolation her whole life, and I’ve got to play this girl who’s seeing the world through very fresh eyes and quite fascinated and shocked by everything. She never really knew the difference between beauty and ugliness and she wasn’t prejudiced and everything. She’s a blank slate and you can paint whatever you want on her.
I’ve added three more outtakes from the LA Times photoshoot.
Photoshoots from 2011 > 2011 : Session 02
Thanks again to Caro for the heads up.
Saoirse Ronan is a natural-born killer.
At least, that’s what she projects as the titular character in Hanna, an action thriller in theaters Friday that challenges a child assassin to physically fight her way to the truth about her past.
But slipping out of bubblegum-pink jelly shoes to curl up in her seat on the Four Seasons patio, Ronan is all teen, no terror. Over eggs and salmon, she tells of dragging director Joe Wright to a Lady Gaga concert, grins over a new pair of Easter-egg-blue Ray Bans and quizzes her interviewer on the age American teens can drive.
“That’s so young,” muses the nearly 17-year-old, who lives in Ireland’s countryside. “Are there lots of accidents?”
As Hanna, Ronan masters far more than passing a road test. “Two hours a day in the gym and two hours a day in martial arts” prepped her for icy winter shoots in Finland and Germany opposite Eric Bana, who plays her ex-CIA agent father prepping her for an ultimate, deadly showdown with intelligence agent Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett).
The film also reunites Ronan with Wright, who last directed her at age 13 to Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for her role as young Briony in Atonement, the child whose damning accusation drives star-crossed lovers James McAvoy and Keira Knightley apart.
In an early meeting setting up a then-directorless Hanna with the studio, it was Ronan who threw Wright’s name in the pot.
“I get Joe Wright his work now,” Ronan jokes in her upbeat Irish lilt. “Maybe a week later Joe rang me when I was back in Ireland and told me to get my trainers on and to get in the gym.”
Thanks to Book My Show via missbones.tumblr.com for this brand new photoshoot of Saoirse.
Photoshoots from 2011 > 2011 : Session 01
I’ve replaced the tagged photos of a photoshoot from 2009 with untagged ones.
Photoshoots from 2009 > 2009 : Session 09
46 stunning outtakes from Lorenzo Agius’s photoshoot have been released. As the photos have been featured in several magazine and I’ve uploaded them into different folders. So, I decided to put all the outtakes into a new folder. It would be easier for you guys to browser.
Photoshoots from 2009 > 2009 : Session 15
I just came across with this stunning new photohsoot of Saoirse from last year.
Photoshoots from 2009 > 2009 : Session 14
I’ve uploaded all photoshoots of Saoirse to the new gallery. So be sure check them out.
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