In the October 2023 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, readers are treated to the magnetic presence of American-Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. Captured through the lens of Agata Pospieszynka, Saoirse exudes an otherworldly charm. Wrapped in a glittering Gucci ensemble, complemented by Cartier’s jewelry, the actress embodies elegance and mystery.
Charlie Harrington, the stylist, marries contemporary and classic aesthetics, selecting pieces from Alaïa, Loewe, Roksanda and Erdem to create visual poetry. Peter Lux, the hair stylist, and Naoko Scintu, the make-up artist, collaborate to accentuate Saoirse’s natural beauty, while Michelle Class perfects the details with a meticulous manicure. Every element, orchestrated under the watchful eye of set designer Gillian O’Brien.
Saoirse Ronan, with her captivating performances and four-time Oscar nominations, opens up about her life, career, and aspirations in an intimate interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK. The actress, known for her dramatic versatility, is currently supporting the SAG-AFTRA strike, a movement advocating for better pay and working conditions for actors. This commitment prohibits her from discussing any studio TV or movie projects, offering a unique opportunity to delve into Ronan’s broader storytelling motives and interests.
Born in America and raised in Ireland, Ronan’s journey to stardom began early. By the age of 13, she had already secured an Oscar nomination. In 2021, she took on the challenging role of Lady Macbeth at the Almeida, marking her UK stage debut. “It was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, professionally,” Ronan admits, highlighting the discipline required to perform night after night during the COVID pandemic.
As her 30th birthday looms, Ronan reflects on her evolving approach to selecting roles. While instinct and emotional connection to the character remain pivotal, the atmosphere and team dynamics on set have gained prominence in her decision-making process. “It’s become so important that we have a nice time, that it’s fun, and people work hard – but not to the extent it becomes toxic and overbearing,” she shares.
Ronan’s aspirations extend beyond acting; she is eyeing the director’s chair. With a wealth of experience, from minor roles to leads, and varied treatment in the industry, she believes in a flexible approach to directing. “Some directors make the mistake of thinking that one size fits all,” Ronan observes, emphasizing the need for directors to adapt to their actors.
The actress’s personal life is as rich and varied as her professional one. She co-founded Arcade Pictures with her boyfriend, Jack Lowden. Ronan’s love for comedy is evident, and she aspires to explore this genre further. “I would love to do something modern and funny,” she expresses, acknowledging the skill and musicality required to excel in comedic roles.
As Ronan approaches a new decade, her reflections are imbued with gratitude and a strong sense of self. She is a woman deeply rooted in her Irish heritage, proud of the strides made by the women who came before her, and is poised to carve her own path with grace, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to her craft.
“Think of Sinéad [O’Connor], of Sharon [Horgan], everyone who was around in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties, who just didn’t give a fuck and moved away from the template that had been set,” Ronan says, expressing her admiration for the fearless women of Ireland’s past.