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It’s a big year for ‘The Host’ co-star Saoirse Ronan

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Updated: April 25, 2013 6:38AM

LOS ANGELES — Though “The Host” is a creation of “Twilight” scribe Stephenie Meyer, what drew Saoirse Ronan to the project was the chance to work with director Andrew Niccol of “Gattaca” and “The Truman Show” fame.

“I didn’t go into this thinking it would be some big franchise,” she says. “I just wanted to do this story.”

It’s one of several movies Ronan, 18, will star in during the next year including “Mary Queen of Scots,” Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut in “How to Catch a Monster” about an underwater town and the Wes Anderson film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

On the latter, “the entire cast had dinner together every single night. I’m sitting there with Wes, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe and Bill Murray. At that moment, everything is a bit too surreal for me.”

Best known for “The Lovely Bones” (2009) and “Hannah” (2011), the 18-year-old Dublin native has love scenes with her co-star Max Irons, who loves her in human form, and Jake Abel, who loves the alien possessing her.

“I’m swing-dancing and kissing in the rain up against a trailer,” she says. “It was a bit racy. There was a little boy who plays my brother in the film. When we did the love scenes, I told him, ‘Go into your trailer. People will be making out soon.’ ”

Cindy Pearlman

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