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Can someone ask Saoirse Ronan if she’s a fan of “Donatella” by Lady Gaga? Because apparently the Oscar-nominated starlet decided to ask her gay friends their advice before filming her new lesbian romance Ammonite.

Helmed by God’s Own Country director Francis Lee, Ammonite stars Ronan and Oscar winner Kate Winslet as two women who fall in love in 1840s England while hunting for fossils along the rocky coast. Winslet plays Mary Anning, a real-life paleontologist whose contributions to modern-day science are severely under-discussed. Ronan, meanwhile, plays Charlotte, a young woman grieving after the loss of her baby. When Charlotte’s wealthy but dismissive husband needs to travel abroad alone, he pays Mary to watch over his wife. The rest of the film follows the two women as they, well, I’m sure you get the picture.

While preparing for the film, both Winslet and Ronan went to great lengths to make sure they depicted the relationship shared between these two women as authentically as possible. In an interview with Variety during the Toronto International Film Festival, the 26-year-old Ronan even admits to consulting her gay friends for advice about what the film should look and feel like. While we may never know who said gay friends are, they (somewhat interestingly) told her that Disobedience (the 2018 Sebastián Lelio film starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams) was the only film that felt authentic to them. Aside from that, the friends “didn’t really feel like there were many movies that actually represented the lesbian experience, and went into the intimacies of that. Not just the sexual side of it, but just the relationships as a whole.”

In the same interview, Ronan also opened up about why she took the role in the first place, admitting that she was drawn to the fact that it felt like the antithesis of Little Women, which she had just wrapped. While the “kinetic” Little Women was “very sort of full of life and very busy in every scene” with “a lot of cast members in every scene that we would do and lots of talking,” Ammonite, which largely plays out like a two-hander between Ronan and Winslet, felt more relaxed and calm. “I think just from an acting point of view it really interested me to play someone that was much more restrained,” she says.


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Yes, queens. Focus Features released the trailer Wednesday for “Mary Queen of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. The royal period drama features the pair of A-listers battling for the English throne amid complex family ties.

Directed by Josie Rourke and set in the 1500s, “Mary Queen of Scots” is based on the true story of two ruling monarchs — and cousins — who both believe they are the rightful heirs to the English crown. Ronan plays the titular Scottish queen on a mission to overthrow the presiding English monarchy, while Robbie portrays Elizabeth I, fighting to maintain her spot on the English throne.

Amid her attempted coup, Mary, Queen of Scots is sentenced to multiple years in prison and, eventually, execution. Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, “Mary Queen of Scots” will hit theaters Dec. 7.


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That first weekend in December is a prime launchpad for awards season fare, read that’s where Fox Searchlight launched its best picture winner The Shape of Water, and its best actress winner The Black Swan eight years ago.

Directed by Josie Rourke, and written by House of Cards Beau Willimon, Mary Queen of Scotts explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart played by Saoirse Ronan. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1 (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty.


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