Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Atonement) is turning into an actress that constantly takes challenging and controversial roles. Roles that require her character to undergo extremely difficult challenges in life like rape, losing loved ones, being mentally handicapped, etc. etc. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it probably makes you more likely to win big during awards season and get you respect from your peers. The only “problem” is Ronan is taking these roles and she’s 16.
Or at least, some people think it’s a problem. The latest role the young actress has been offered is the lead in Effie, which has already raised some eyebrows. The film follows Effie Gray, a 17 year old woman in Victorian England who is married to an art critic. During their rough nine year marriage they never engage in sexual intercourse but she does engage in an affair. And apparently this is a big deal because Ronan is currently 16 and that is just too young.
Why the uproar? I mean, sure she is young, but 16 year old’s have sex all the time. There’s a whole damn show on MTV about it. Where’s the uproar about that Teen Mom? Or Skins? This is a film about a different time period, when girls as young as 14 and 15 were married off to older gentlemen. What do they think happened after the honeymoon? They just talked at night? After all, Romeo and Juliet are supposed to be around 15 or 16 and most of their motivation for getting married in the first place is so they can bump uglies (technical term). And this film is about a couple that DOESN’T have sex, so it won’t show any actual intercourse taking place.
Lets all chill out folks. Thanks.