Rising star Saoirse destined to leave lasting impact on Tinseltown
HOLLYWOOD is under invasion. Superstar-in-the-making, Saoirse Ronan, is set to wow Tinseltown with a powerful performance in the latest sci-fi fantasy from 'Twilight' author, Stephanie Meyers.
In 'The Host', Ronan plays a two-part role as a gutsy heroine whose body is occupied by alien body snatchers. In a twist of fate, the Irish teenager has made the shift from serious film actress to an established blockbuster star. So why is Hollywood so taken with the chipper girl from modest beginnings in New York and Carlow?
An infectious down-to-earth personality, combined with haunting looks and intellect, have drawn comparisons to fellow child star Dakota Fanning. So rare are young actors with this timeless quality, it is no surprise that Ronan is so in demand since her Oscar-nominated performance in 2007's 'Atonement'.
This starring role in 'The Host' really establishes Ronan as the next big thing. Though more art house than Disney, the 18-year-old's maturing elfin looks makes for a talent with great mainstream potential. Producers must have had boundless faith in her ability to command the screen, given the inevitable 'super fan' transfer from the recent conclusion of the 'Twilight Saga' franchise.
In addition to her gifts in front of the camera, Ronan is an emerging style star, as she takes risk after risk on the red carpet in edgy looks by young designers Simone Rocha and Christopher Kane.
Despite Hollywood's reputation for chewing up and spitting out young talent, don't fret for Ronan. The teen is said to have a good head on her shoulders and dedicated support from her actor father.
In a climate where former Disney kids like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan teeter on the edge, the amiable Saoirse, is a real tonic – and a safer bet.
There is no doubt the celestial stars are aligning for Ronan, and one thing's for sure – this is a kid unlikely to feature in a celebrity mugshot gallery. Then again, anything can happen on Sunset Boulevard.