Saoirse Ronan was so determined to play the lead in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women adaptation, she flat out told the director she was her Jo March.
The Irish actress tells Variety that when she discovered the film was being made, she visited her Lady Bird director and made sure she knew she was interested in a leading role.
“I tapped Greta on the shoulder and said I heard she was doing Little Women and that I needed to be Jo.”
Gerwig admits she landed the directing gig in a similar fashion, telling bosses at Sony and producer Amy Pascal she was the woman for the job.
“Saoirse told me she was playing Jo… I felt the same way when I went to talk to Amy Pascal and Sony about how I had to make this film,” Gerwig tells the publication.
Gerwig notes that at the time she had yet to prove herself as a director.
“It was before I directed Lady Bird,” she added. “I was not at the top of anyone’s list, but I was so sure that I had to do it.”
The filmmaker adds that it was her and Ronan’s passion for the project that drove the family drama.
“I am not taken to showing up in offices and telling people they have to hire me,” she continues. “It’s not something I do, and it’s not something Saoirse has ever done. I’m so lucky that she basically told me she was going to play this part.”
Little Women opens in theatres on December 25, 2019.