Dad has final word on Saoirse Ronan’s Hollywood scripts
Published 14/02/2012 | 05:00
Her father and manager Paul Ronan revealed yesterday: "Because Saoirse is close to 18 now, directors have suddenly started to send her more adult scripts. But some of them are just too inappropriate.
"I was sent one recently, which not only had scenes I wouldn't let Saoirse do, it was so bad I wouldn't even let her read the script."
The "inappropriate script" was an even bigger shock because Mr Ronan said it was from an established director who Saoirse had previously worked with.
"I rang the director and said forget it. The script was amazing -- but there are more important things than scripts. You've got to raise a child as well," Mr Ronan added.
One of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Oscar, aged 13 for 2007 film 'Atonement', the Carlow girl has gone on to become one of Hollywood's most famous child stars. She has also had roles in films 'The Lovely Bones' (2009) and 'The Way Back' (2010).
Hollywood interest was heightened recently by the box office success of 'Hanna', in which she plays a teenage assassin, which has now taken $63m (€47.5m) worldwide, and $40m (€30.2m) at the US box office alone.
However, her father and mother Monica said they would continue to vet scripts. "As parents, we have to watch out for Saoirse. Things happen in their own good time. We didn't want to rush anything by making the wrong choice, no matter how good a script or movie might be. In a few years' time, Saoirse might say, I would love to do this script, but definitely not now," said Mr Ronan.
Having recently completed Neil Jordan's vampire film 'Byzantium', Saoirse is now in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is working with New Zealand director Andrew Niccol on 'The Host'.
Mr Ronan said he rang Saoirse at the weekend to tell her she had won Best Irish Actress at the IFTAS for her role in 'Hanna'.
"She wanted to thank the academy. Ireland is so important to her," he said.