I saw an interview where Saorise Ronan explained that every film she makes, she does a different accent than her own, especially if she’s playing an Irish character like she did in Brooklyn.
This interested me and I wondered what her American accent would sound like…a lot of times when non-American actors do American accents you can tell they’re fake. I found the below clip of her doing a wide range of accents (why the guy had her say “we are never ever getting back together” over and over again, I have no idea), but her American is particularly good/hilarious.
I found these series of videos Vanity Fair put on YouTube of different actresses showcasing secret talents. There’s one where Jennifer Lawrence acted like a mime (she did this skit where she pretended to tie string to her lips and proceeded to pull her lips with the invisible string…cooler than it sounds). Another showed Cate Blanchett doing the splits.
And Saoirse Roana made tea. It’s actually quite funny and informative…I’ve been brewing tea wrong for so many years.
I recently watched Brooklyn, and I’ve got to say it’s one of my favorite movies…probably of all times. It’s such a sweet love story, and Saoirse Ronan is perfect in the film. Her performance is full of innocence and wisdom – she definitely deserved her Oscar nomination (I would argue she deserved the Oscar).
Brooklyn tells the story of a young woman, Eilis Lacey (Ronan), who immigrates to America from Ireland to find work and a better life, and in doing so she finds herself and discovers a new world. In the film (and book, but mostly the film), Eilis grows up so much – she starts out as a young, naive girl who blossoms into a woman who knows her path in life. From the heartbreaking scenes where Eilis is homesick and dearly misses her family to uplifting scenes of her falling in love (with an Italian boy), Eilis must determine what kind of life she wants to live (and not the life others want her to have).
Ronan as Eilis walking out into America
The thing that really hit home with me was the scene where she arrives in America and is making her way through immigration. She gets her passport stamped and she walks through the doors to the outside world. Ronan as Eilis looks like a nervous and slightly scared girl as she walks through the door into a white light with this beautiful Irish music playing. To me, it was a haunting scene, as though she is a ghost from the 1950s. My ancestors immigrated to America from Ireland and Italy when they were the same age as Eilis (or younger), and I could just see them being as nervous and scared as her. It was symbolic for me of the journey my ancestors made to America for a better life (for them and their future family). If it wasn’t for their courage and strength to live an a foreign world, I would not be here.
Brooklyn is such a timeless and beautifully told story. I would seriously recommend it.
So I went on YouTube to look something up – I think it was a Super Bowl commercial – and these things are never easy. Even when you find the clip you want, they give you so many related options that are inevitably not relevant to your current video that you get derailed spending an hour watching everything but the original video you wanted to see.
Anyway, I went from watching a Super Bowl commercial to a few interviews with Saoirse (pronounced “sur-sha”) Ronan. I plopped them below because I found her quite funny, especially when she was trying to teach Stephen Colbert her accent.
Ronan is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in Brooklyn. I actually just watched the trailer and it looks quite good. It tells the story of a young Irish girl immigrating to America, trying to find her way, and falling in love with an Italian boy.
On an even more random note, when I was getting the videos ready to embed in this post, YouTube popped up with this clip of Leonardo Dicaprio on Ellen, and the story he tells at the end of the plane engine exploding is hilarious…had to add it.