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Lost River, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, stars Saoirse Ronan as a lead character by the name of Rat, a sorrowful young girl who sings herself to sleep every night. For the film soundtrack, which was scored by Johnny Jewel (Glass Candy, Drive soundtrack), Ronan sang a sad, sweet little lonely lullaby that’s part of the film.

Ronan hadn’t sung in public before, and Jewel writes about getting her to feel comfortable enough to do it:

To melt the ice, I set up an 8 track on the floor of the kitchen next door. I unplugged all the phones from the wall, & put them inside the refrigerator. She came into the room, & the three of us piled up all of the furniture & suitcases in the corner to block the door.

I wanted to make her feel as safe as possible, & I wanted her to sing as intimately as she could. Like she was the only person in the world. I promised her there was no way anyone was getting into that room until we were done. Ryan turned off the all lights, & all three of us sat on the floor in a circle in the dark.

We recorded it in two takes with a single microphone and no headphones.

There are no words to describe that moment.

The film opens April 10 at select theaters near you. Time called it “the most enthusiastically derided entry so far at this year’s Cannes Film Festival” and noted that it was booed and catcalled upon its screening. Harsh toke, Gos. Ronan’s got a nice voice, though.


Saoirse Ronan: ‘It’s hard to get a good role now I’m older’

Posted by Claudia on
April 3rd, 2015

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has revealed that she has found it tough to secure good movie roles as she has aged.

The Carlow native has been steadily working since she was a child but feels there are not enough interesting roles for women in their 20s at the moment.

“I haven’t found the right thing and I’m almost 21 now, which is a tricky age to find the right role,’ she told the Herald.

“You’re sort of somewhere in between that coming-of-age girl and a young woman and especially if you’ve started out quite young it’s kind of hard to prove to everyone, ‘Look, I’m not 13 anymore’.

“There’s been a bit of a process doing all that stuff and there are a lot of roles out there which are not really interesting.

“I’m waiting for the right one,” she continued.

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Saoirse Ronan tapped into ‘subconscious’ for Gosling role

Posted by Claudia on
March 31st, 2015

Academy Award nominated actress Saoirse Ronan tells UTV Ireland about working with Ryan Gosling, interpreting her dreams and playing strong women in films.

In Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, a fantasy-thriller about a single mother and her sons being swept up in an underwater adventure, there was one actress he was particularly keen on getting.

He had been slated to work opposite 20-year-old Saoirse Ronan as father and daughter in 2009’s The Lovely Bones, but another actor was cast as the father instead.

Gosling and Ronan have wanted to work together ever since and for his new film he cast her as Rat, the close friend of Iain De Caestecker’s character, Bones.

Ronan, who was born in New York and raised in Carlow, said that being directed by Gosling was a fantastic experience.

“As an actor, he had a really great sensibility for what actors need and how that can change from day to day. He was very supportive and open to us altering things for our own characters,” she said.

The rehearsal process was two weeks long and involved a dream analysis, which Ronan had never done before.

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“Lost River” Screening

Posted by Claudia on
March 30th, 2015

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends a screening of Lost River at Cineworld as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Enjoy the 4 HQ images I found!

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Public Appearances > Events From 2015 > Mar 28 | Jameson Dublin International Film Festival: “Lost River” Screening

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