“We were doing a night shoot last night,” Saoirse Ronan lets out a Great-natured groan, phoning via Boston where she has reunited with Greta Gerwig for a fresh adaptation of Little Women. Ronan plays Jo March, alongside Eliza Scanlen, Emma Watson along with Florence Pugh, plus Lady Bird co-star Timothée Chalamet along with Meryl Streep. Though that will project hasn’t even wrapped filming, the sheer talent in front of along with behind the camera has already made the film a future Oscar contender.
Ronan, who’s 24, has three Academy Award nominations to her name, after all, first recognized in 2008, when she was 13, for Atonement, then again in 2016 (Brooklyn) along with 2018 (Lady Bird). that will seems rarer along with rarer that will a year goes by without Ronan being within the Oscar mix, along with This kind of year is usually no exception: She’s earned rave reviews for Mary Queen of Scots, in which she plays the eponymous Scottish queen, the formidable along with perhaps misjudged Mary Stuart, as she challenges her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (an increasingly bewigged Margot Robbie), for the throne. Ahead of the film’s Discharge on Friday, Ronan spoke with ET about seeing Robbie’s transformation for the 1st time along with shares her best Meryl Steep story.
I love that will This kind of film takes a genre that will has largely catered to men along with not only puts women at the forefront nevertheless doesn’t abandon its femininity within the process, especially within the character of Mary.
Saoirse Ronan: Yeah, that will’s exciting to be a part of something like that will. I think the thing that will excited me the most was getting to play a Scottish queen along with, like, a Celtic woman. I had never seen that will before in a film. We’ve seen additional depictions of the English monarchy — along with French along with Russian along with all of that will — nevertheless never Celtic, definitely. I loved that will along with I loved, as well, that will we got to show the relationships that will Mary had with her four Marys, her best friends, along with how much she honored those relationships along with how loyal they all were to each additional. I think that will was definitely important to include that will. To me, that will is usually the most important relationship within the film, is usually her relationship with her four Marys.
You shot On Chesil Beach between Lady Bird along with Mary Queen of Scots, nevertheless how difficult is usually that will to bounce via something more contemporary like Lady Bird into a historical period piece?
that will’s not that will tricky once you hold the time to move onto the next thing. I mean, I had no time between Lady Bird along with On Chesil Beach, which was… tough. that will was hard. along with more so, though, just because you’re knackered at the end of a job. [Laughs.] along with with period pieces, more so than with modern-day stuff, that will just always becomes a thing where you have to think about the movement, the way they spoke along with usually the costumes are more intricate along with there’s more to them. So, a lot more thought along with prep usually needs to go into that will along with the image of them along with all that will sort of stuff. nevertheless actually, when you’ve done something modern, or you’ve done a few things in a row that will are modern or period, you want the opposite, then. In that will sense, that will’s definitely nice.
Do you find that will that will’s hard to stay in that will period mindset on set, when the director calls cut along with everyone could just pull out their phones, or what have you?
Well, I hate having phones on set. I don’t mind if you’re off set along with you’re in between setups or something, nevertheless I never, ever, ever do that will. I hate when people do that will because… you’re at work! nevertheless there’s so much put on the people in period films being completely different to us nowadays, along with I just don’t think that will’s true. I think sometimes with films that will have been set within the past, if they’re done in a certain way, people can switch off or detach. [that will] is usually what we didn’t want to do with Mary. We’ve gotten so much information purely via portraits that will have been painted of these people along with books that will have been written about that will time period along that has a lot of them are quite stiff along with not definitely based on anything real. Whereas Mary Queen of Scots probably did slouch along with she probably did slur her words, every at This kind of point along with again, along with all of that will. So, we wanted to bring that will back into This kind of film as much as we could.
along with so many of my favorite scenes were when Mary was giggling or gossiping with the Marys. She felt modern in that will way, like someone who could be around today, except, you know, very fancy along with royal.
that will’s that will! One of the things that will struck me when I was prepping for that will is usually that will, obviously, there is usually a lot more at stake [for Mary], nevertheless her position along with her needing to shift via public persona to who she actually was is usually pretty similar to what people within the public eye have to do. that will whole process of like, Okay, at This kind of point I’m on. along with at This kind of point, I’m with people that will I trust along with I don’t need to be. I can identify with that will, certainly. that will actually ended up the more I learned about her, the more relatable along with the more current she seemed.
Had you met Margot before This kind of film?
I’ve met her a couple of times, yeah.
Through awards season events along with such?
Yeah, we had met at an awards show along with then, before that will, we were both at the same dinner that will our friends, Richard along with Emma, threw in fresh York a few years ago. Margot was there along with I just knew straight away she was going to be lovely along with exactly what everyone thinks she might be. along with she was!
Because you kept your distance via each additional during filming, what was your first reaction when you finally saw Margot within the hair along with the costume along with the prosthetics?
Oh, that will was amazing. that will was such an emotional thing to finally be within the same room as each additional along with do that will scene with one another, because we had each additional on our minds the whole way through. that will was my very first day along with that will was her very last day along with that will was a very loaded scene for us, personally, just because that will meant an awful lot to us as people. Then, on top of that will, I knew her look was going to be extreme along with memorable, nevertheless to actually see that will within the flesh was incredible. We did the first take along with essentially just cried along with were sharking the entire time because the emotion of that will all along with the adrenaline of that will was through the roof.
I bet you got a decent amount of face time during awards season This kind of year. [Robbie along with Ronan were both Oscar nominees for Best Actress.] nevertheless did you have a chance after wrapping to get together without the trappings of the period piece along with reflect on your time on This kind of movie?
We still haven’t had a chance to have a dinner yet, because Margot is usually the busiest woman within the earth along with has been off doing lots of stuff. along with she’s over within the States a lot, so hopefully, we will get in some time during This kind of press tour to just hang out a bit along with have a natter.
You said you’re filming Little Women right at This kind of point. How is usually that will going?
definitely well! Everyone’s great. Everyone’s doing great work. We’re definitely excited about that will. The script’s amazing, as you’d only expect via Greta. We’ve only got a couple of weeks left at This kind of point. that will’s been amazing, just coming back to work with her again along with do something on a larger scale with her along with some of the crew along with the cast that will we had worked with on Lady Bird has been definitely great. that will’s been definitely special.
As with Mary along with her Marys, I imagine that will must be fun along with rewarding to be working with so many actresses your own age on This kind of?
that will is usually, yeah. that will is usually. that will’s something that will I think is usually relatively fresh for all of us, for all the girls, along with that will’s just great fun, you know? I’m finding that will very exciting to go via being not only the only young person usually within the film, nevertheless — I haven’t always been the only girl, nevertheless I’ve usually been the only young person. To be surrounded by a bunch of people my own age along with, in particular, the ladies, that will just feels like a safe space along with you can definitely let go with one another. We’re all incredibly comfortable with one another, along with that will was the same on Mary. Like myself along with the girls who played the four Marys, we’re great friends at This kind of point. One of them, Eileen [O’Higgins], who plays Mary Beaton within the film, is usually actually my best friend in real life. We’ve done two films together at This kind of point, so just being able to have that will experience with her was wonderful.
Can you share with me your best Meryl Streep story, so far?
Ooh, my best Meryl Streep story. [Laughs.] I wasn’t there This kind of day, nevertheless they got In-N-Out — Or, not In-N-Out. Was that will a Wendy’s? They got a Wendy’s or something, because they were all starving, which I just find hilarious. There’s a photograph of Meryl within the hair along with makeup frock that has a bag of chips. So, that will’s fantastic. along with she’s just amazing along with has been so brilliant on the job.