‘QUEEN OF SCOTS’ ROLE GAVE RO­NAN ROOM TO GROW

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - From The Front - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS — LOS AN­GE­LES TIMES

Saoirse Ro­nan says she was “more than ready” to make the tran­si­tion on film, and in real life, from young girl to com­mand­ing woman. Her new role in “Mary Queen of Scots,” gave her the op­por­tu­nity to do both.

Ro­nan, who is Ir­ish, says she was not only ex­cited to play Mary Stu­art, a Celtic woman who ruled Scot­land in the 16th cen­tury, but also to take on such a meaty part.

Nom­i­nated for Os­cars for roles in “Atone­ment,” “Brook­lyn” and last year’s awards sea­son fa­vorite, “Lady Bird,” Ro­nan, 24, has of­ten played girls who are still find­ing their way in the world. But “Mary Queen of Scots” pro­vided the tran­si­tion to full wom­an­hood as her char­ac­ter falls in love, be­comes a mother, and rides a horse into bat­tle.

“Play­ing Mary of­fered me so much as an ac­tor. It’s the first time that

I’ve played some­one who re­ally comes into their wom­an­hood and is very sort of set­tled and com­fort­able in that stage of their life,” Ro­nan said.

OBAMA TAKES MIC ON MI­RANDA’S ‘HAMIL­TON’ REMIX

“Hamil­ton” scribe and star Lin-Manuel Mi­randa re­leased the fi­nal track in his long-run­ning “Hamil­drop” se­ries, bid­ding adieu to the on­go­ing project with an as­sist from for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

Mi­randa, who’s on a pub­lic­ity blitz for his lat­est star turn in Dis­ney’s “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns,” shared each of the dozen “Hamil­ton”re­lated songs in the leadup to Thurs­day’s fi­nale on Twit­ter and shared a be­hind-the-scenes photo with Obama.

Obama was the guest on the fi­nal Hamil­drop, “One Last Time (44 Remix),” with Christo­pher Jack­son and gospel star Bebe Wi­nans. Cus­tomer Care:

LIAM DANIEL Fo­cus Fea­tures

Saoirse Ro­nan stars in “Mary Queen of Scots.”

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