21. However, her The Lovely Bones director, Peter Jackson, insists that it’s her vivid imagination that makes her such a wonderful actress. Weird is good!
22. Saoirse was actually linked to a role in Jackson’s latest project, The Hobbit (the first part of which is in cinemas now), but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. “I loved the book and we [she and Jackson] were talking about it for a while, but I would have been tied up for a long period of time—they’re shooting for over a year—and there were other projects that I had to consider in the meantime,” she told Empire Online. The character that would have been Saoirse’s warrior wood elf, Itaril, presumably became the elf named Tauriel that will be played by Evangeline Lilly in the second and third films of the series.
23. She has no desire for fame or stardom. “I don’t think I would ever want fame like that,” she told the LA Times in 2009, right before the release of The Lovely Bones. “I have to say I think Miley Cyrus is still quite young. She’s what? Seventeen? I think she’s very brave for all that fame to be thrown at her so young. She’s like another Britney Spears. I don’t envy her at all—or any of those girls who get that much attention. I suppose we’re different kinds of actors. I focus on my work. The stuff that comes afterward—the press and premieres—it’s fine, it’s fun… but what I really want to do is work on my acting.”
24. Wait, what? Saorise Ronan was in My Left Foot? But she wasn’t even born yet when it was made!… Just kidding. In 2011, she helped promote the Irish Film Institute Archive Preservation Fund, aimed at raising funds to ensure the storage and preservation of historically important Irish films. As part of the promotion, she got digitally added into scenes from films like My Left Foot, Once, and more. Love!
25. Astonishingly, Saoirse has five—count ‘em!—other films on tap besides The Host for 2013: Byzantium with Gemma Arterton and Johnny Lee Miller, Violet & Daisy with Alexis Bledel and James Gandolfini, an adaptation of the novel How I Live Now, The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson, and the animated film Justin and Knights of Valor, also featuring Mark Strong, Freddie Highmore, Antonio Banderas, and many more famous voices.
Be sure to check out The Host, in cinemas this Friday!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
Above: Saoirse in the March 2013 issue of InStyle Magazine.