Saoirse Ronan and director Kevin Macdonald met us for an exclusive video interview at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and it could not have been more of an opposite locale than where their film How I Live Now is set. The story follows Ronan's young woman as she travels from America to the UK to stay with relatives for the summer when she lands amidst the chaos of a mysteriously horrifying war.
Director MacDonald is no stranger to witnessing extraordinary performances firsthand. It was his work on The Last King of Scotland that not only introduced us to X-Men: Days of Future Past star James McAvoy, but also put an Oscar in the hands of Forest Whitaker.
He immediately saw something great in Ronan. “She’s just a great, great actress and a lovely human being,” MacDonald said. “I met her and we read a couple of scenes together and she blew me away.”
For Ronan, who was recently seen in The Host and previously in Hanna, she could have her choice of roles. But, what was it about this haunting story of a post-apocalyptic world (teased in the How I Live Now trailer) that appealed so much to her?
“The threat of an outbreak of war so close to home and of course love is what carries this film through,” she admitted. “But what got me the most was the fact that this could really happen at any time.”