Ryan Gosling described Saoirse Ronan as “the new Meryl Streep.” In Little Women, although it was only one scene, Ronan got to act opposite Meryl Streep. Saoirse and Meryl play Jo March and Aunt March, respectively. Greta Gerwig directed the film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same name. She also wrote the screenplay.
Speaking with The Jakarta Post, Ronan opened up about meeting Meryl for the first time. “I met Meryl a few years ago with Stanley Tucci, who’s done many films with her. Stanley and I had done “The Lovely Bones” together and we were at an awards show. I was 15. “The Devil Wears Prada” had come out. I turned to Stanley, and I was, “Oh my God, I can’t believe Meryl’s here.” He said, “Come on, we’ll go meet her.”
Ronan continued. “So, I met her, and she was so lovely. She gave me the biggest hug. I was no one. I was just some random actress. I’d met her a couple of times since then, so I felt like I knew her a bit already. I’ve worked with Ann Roth, who’s the costume designer she works with a lot. I felt like she was welcoming me in.
Next, she spoke about her experience working with Meryl in Little Women. “We had one scene together in “Little Women, which I really liked. It was a standoff between the two of us. I remember going into it thinking, OK just put my own feelings aside about Meryl—I’m just going to be professional and get through the scene.I did it, then as we checked the gate on the last setup, suddenly, I was, oh my God, I got to work with Meryl Streep! I got so emotional, overwhelmed by the fact that I’d worked with a hero of all of us. I went up to her and thanked her.”
At this point, Ronan stated how Meryl did not let her image affect her work. “There was nothing she said, in particular, that was a word of advice, which is a real testament to her as an actor because she was coming in there as a fellow actor and wasn’t stepping onto the set with this idea of who everyone thought she was. She was an actor. That’s always the most inspiring thing for a young actor to see when someone who’s such a legend comes in and just wants to get to work.”