Saoirse Ronan: 'I Like Freaks'

Saoirse Ronan: 'I Like Freaks'

Saoirse Ronan stars as the title character in the upcoming thriller Hanna.

The 16-year-old Irish actress and recently sat down with FilmStage to chat about picking out the strong characters, martial arts training and working alongside Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. Check it:

On her martial arts training: “[I liked] wing chun, which we used a lot because Hanna would be fighting people bigger and stronger than she is, and would have to use their strength against them. But Jeff [Eric Bana] would also put Hanna’s own spin on the styles.”

On liking ‘freaks’: “I want all the roles that I play to hold challenges. With lots of action and a layered character, Hanna had them for me. It’s unlike any other drama that I’ve done. Here is a teenager who has been raised in a forest and has gotten all her education from her father; she’s never even met anyone else before. We meet her as she goes out on her own, and when she does she is fascinated by everyone and everything she comes across. My favorite quality of hers is that she is non-judgmental; she shows an open mind to, and a fascination with, everything. She’s a bit of a freak. But, I like that; I like freaks.”

On working with Cate and Eric: “[Cate] is someone I look up to. I admire her work ethic and her professionalism. Sharing a scene with her, she gives you so much – yet manages to be so contained and not give away too much when she doesn’t need to. Eric is a terrific actor and is lovely to be around. He is like a ray of light on the set. He’s hilarious, and would keep me smiling on the coldest days in Finland.”

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  • M

    I can’t wait for this movie

  • meliza

    It’s so amazing that she can transform into another person. I am sure the movie is great :)

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