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People in Film | Saoirse Ronan
Posted March 09, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Saoirse Ronan"
Already a favorite of great directors, this young Irish talent has one of film’s most promising careers before her.
© Ronan as Briony in Atonement
Saoirse Ronan | Coming of Age With an Oscar Nomination
Director Joe Wright described to comingsoon.net how, when he was casting Atonement, he’d got an audition tape from an actor, Paul Ronan, that featured his daughter Saoirse: “We watched it with due diligence and suddenly, it was like a revelation. Then I met her and was like, "Why are you putting on that weird Irish accent?" It was strange. She could just do it, playing Briony, and she's totally unlike Briony in every way. She's very sociable, she's very warm, she's very, very funny. She kind of has a strange intuitive ability to understand what the atmosphere is and what the mood is and respond accordingly to make it better.” Working with Wright on Atonement pushed Saoirse, as she later told Incontention.com, to step up: “I was working with some really top-class people…From that point onward I thought, ‘Maybe this should be my job. I know I can’t give it up now.’” Playing the 13-year-old Briony Tallis, a fledgling writer grappling with the consequences of her own fictions, Ronan more than held her own against such talents as Keira Knightly and James McAvoy. Ronan's exceptional acting inthe movie won rave reviews from the critics––A.O. Scott of the New York Times called her “remarkably poised” while the Chicago Tribune's Michael Philipps lauded her “scarily effective performance”––and it was no surprise when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.