Sunday 17 December 2017

Double vision: Irish mum (33) stands in for Saoirse

Body double Laura Harold on the set of the film 'How I Live Now'. Laura, pictured standing up, and Saoirse, pictured sitting down
Body double Laura Harold on the set of the film 'How I Live Now'. Laura, pictured standing up, and Saoirse, pictured sitting down

Eimear Rabbitte

AN Irish mother in her 30s appeared as the body double of teenage film star Saoirse Ronan.

Dublin woman Laura Harold (33) worked as a stunt double and also appeared in a naked dream scene, standing in for the 19-year-old Carlow native.

Ms Harold was picked for the physically demanding role in Hollywood film 'How I Live Now' because she is a similar shape to Ronan.

The mother of two, who currently lives in Cardiff, beat other younger candidates to film the low- budget adaptation of Meg Rosoff's novel, 'How I Live Now'.

Ms Harold, who at 33 has a smaller waist than the 19-year-old, said she did spark some surprise about playing a much younger actress.

'Lovely Bones' and 'Atonement' star Ronan spent time with her body double on set so she could master Ronan's walk and mannerisms.

"It was lucky that I fit the measurements needed to play Saoirse's character," said Ms Harold.

"Friends say how lucky I am to play a 19-year-old at my age.

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"I am naturally petite but it is a massive compliment to fill in for a Hollywood actress.

"I look after myself but don't have any special diet.

"I have always picked up interesting projects -- I do a bit of singing and modelling but I'd never been a body double before."

The movie, directed by Kevin MacDonald, tells the story of Daisy, a New Yorker, who comes to spend the summer with her eccentric cousins in an English country manor.

But her idyllic holiday is shattered when World War III breaks out.

Ms Harold, who is a size eight, filmed in London and Wales last year.

She has since had a baby son Torin, now 21 weeks. But she has managed to get her figure back very quickly.

The part-time model and singer was surprised to discover that she shares other similarities with the young actress.

While on set she met Ronan's parents, Paul and Monica, who are based in Howth, Dublin -- where Ms Harold hails from originally.

"It was so nice to chat to the family about home," added Ms Harold.

"We talked about our favourite haunts and the best places to eat."

Irish Independent

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