It’s hard to believe that she made her big on-screen debut with The Atonement when she played a child whose wild imagination tore apart her sister and the love of her life. Today Saorise Ronan is also known for her roles in films like Lady Bird, Mary Queen of Scots, Brooklyn and more, however, her most anticipated film, Little Women is gaining her the most critical acclaim. Even though she has been working hard since the age of twelve, she is one of the most sought-after actresses who until now has not been a part of any popular franchises like Marvel, for example.
“I was ready to jump out of line and take it on. Jo is such an important figure for so many girls”
Believe it or not, she has struggled a lot with self-doubt throughout her career and would talk to her mom saying that she can’t do it, however, when it comes to her role as the famous Jo March in Little Women, she felt that it came naturally to her. Directed by none other than Greta Gerwig, the film also stars Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet and Emma Watson. Also, Ronan was really desperate to bag the role of Jo, she revealed that she has never been more prepared for it, saying, “I was ready to jump out of line and take it on. Jo is such an important figure for so many girls, and I didn’t feel daunted by it. I was precious with her.” Played by Katharine Hepburn and Winona Rider before her, the film is as relevant as it was when the first film came out, not to mention in today’s day and age.
When you want something, you have to go after it
Interestingly, Ronan was the one who approached Gerwig for the role of Jo while they were campaigning for their film Lady Bird, but Gerwig said that she needed to marinate on that idea; she got the role a week later. Gerwig said, “I felt the same way when I went to talk to Amy Pascal and Sony about how I had to make this film. It was before I directed ‘Lady Bird.’ I was not at the top of anyone’s list, but I was so sure that I had to do it. I am not taken to showing up in offices and telling people they have to hire me.” When you want something, you have to go after it and both Gerwig and Ronan have shown that because you can expect to be handed things in your career. Landing a Golden Globe nomination for her role, Ronan said, “I am eternally grateful to Greta Gerwig for her guidance and partnership… My performance in this film belongs to Greta as much as it does myself and I share this recognition completely with her.”
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