Saoirse Ronan stars as the title character in the upcoming thriller Hanna.
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 Hannaâ€™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. Itâ€™s unlike any other drama that Iâ€™ve done. Here is a teenager who has been raised in a forest and has gotten all her education from her father; sheâ€™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. Sheâ€™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 â€“ yet manages to be so contained and not give away too much when she doesnâ€™t need to. Eric is a terrific actor and is lovely to be around. He is like a ray of light on the set. Heâ€™s hilarious, and would keep me smiling on the coldest days in Finland.”
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