Friday, January 4, 2019

Saoirse Ronan on the February 2019 Cover of Harper's Bazaar UK Magazine

For their February 2019 cover, Harper's Bazaar UK magazine tapped Saoirse Ronan. On the cover which was shot by Erik Madigan Heck, Saoirse is wearing PRADA SPRING 2019. In the issue, she talks British monarchs, Irish borders, and Mary Queen of Scots. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on her feature, visit and pick up a copy on newsstand. 


On speaking english with her accent:
It’s how I get into the character. What can be more difficult than the actual sounds is the cadence and melody. Modern American is much flatter than my natural voice. I found that quite a challenge on Lady Bird. Greta [Gerwig, the director] kept having to say, 'Make it a bit flatter!' And I’d think I sounded like a robot. With the Scottish, I’m basically speaking the same way. The rhythm and music are the same. That made it much easier to keep Mary human, for me.

On her mother protecting her from the negativity in Hollywood:
I don’t know what would have happened if she hadn’t been around. I’m sure I would have been exposed to that quite a bit, but she just protected me from all that. I wasn’t unaware that there were people in the industry who abused their power, or who were seedy or untrustworthy. But because of her I was never a victim and I’m very, very thankful. I didn’t leave home at 19 all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – I hadn’t been wrapped in cotton wool – but I had been protected.

On the conflict between Mary Stuart & Elizabeth I:
The interesting thing is that they’re so similar in many ways. The rivalry is almost created by the
lords and advisors around them. They used to write to each other all the time, and we have a scene in the film where Mary says of Elizabeth, 'Nobody understands my situation except her.' I think that’s an interesting thing to see in a political drama, that you’ve got these two people who have been turned into enemies by the people around them, but really they are sisters first and foremost. There’s an incredible strength that comes from acknowledging that.

Credit: Harper's Bazaar UK

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