Today, the 12th of April 2012 marks the 18th birthday for one Saoirse Ronan. By now reaching the landmark age of 18, I can officially call her a "babe" without sounding excessively creepy. Moderately creepy maybe, but not excessively. So happy birthday Saoirse and I welcome you in becoming the 5th member of my self-indulgent and pathetic segment known as Babe-O-Licious. But first off all, lets address the giant elephant in the room. How on God's polluted planet do we even pronounce your name? "People crucify my name," this Irish lass has said somewhere in an interview. "I've had 'Sor-shur', 'Surika', 'Say-or-eys', 'Sureese'... completely wrong." So what's the right way? "There's a few different ways. 'Seer-sha' is how I would say it. As in 'Inertia' (you know, physics)."
Aside from being physically attractive, I'd also have to say that she beats-off Jennifer Lawrence in a close-fight to be crowned as the best young actress in Hollywood today. In short, I really do consider her to be "the next big thing" in terms of talented women on the silver screen. In fact she is the 7th youngest person to be nominated as Best Supporting Actress at The Academy Awards. She achieved that at the age of 13 for her role in the movie Atonement , which also starred Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. My favourite role of her's so far was in the movie Hanna . That movie was just OK for me, but Saoirse's portrayal of the kid-assassin, Hanna Heller was just total bad-ass. In fact that character is one of my 7 Favourite Movie Secret Agents.
She was also the lead in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones , has acted alongside Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, and Colin Farrell in The Way Back , and provided the voice in the English version of The Secret World Of Arietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti) . She'll be seen next in an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's (author of the Twilight series) novel, The Host . She was initially cast in The Hobbit , but dropped out because the filming schedule was too long and she wanted to focus on different projects. I particularly think she would have made a perfect elf. One movie of hers that I'm interested in seeing is Violet & Daisy  but there's still no news of a release date.
Finally I found this clip of her where she is being asked about the topic of Twilight . Embedding for the clip has been disabled but you can view it here. She gave a diplomatic answer, probably because she'll be in Stephenie Meyer's The Host  as mentioned above, but her reaction at the end just tells you that she doesn't enjoy the movies. Attagirl, that just made you even more cooler in my book! Love Peter Jackson's response in the clip too: "Is this a soccer team?"