Saoirse Ronan talks about filming Stephenie Meyer’s The Host movie, doing her own stunts and fighting for two hot guys.

Based on the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, The Host, follows a human being and an alien invader trapped in the same body fight for survival, for the men they each love, and for the destiny of the planet in Earth has been colonized by the Souls, an alien race that displaces humans from their own bodies and turns them into hosts for interplanetary travelers.

“The Twilight books are about romantic love and the way it makes you feel at 17 or 18,” says Meyer. “There’s nothing else in the world. You would do anything and be anything for love. That’s a fun place to visit as a fantasy. The Host is about finding balance in life. Certainly there’s romance, but it is a much more grown-up and realistic story, aside from the science-fiction elements.”

Even though the Souls have transformed the planet into a clean, safe, peaceful world, most of the human race has been eradicated. A few, like Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), a resilient young woman, have survived in hiding.

“The world has been invaded Body Snatcher-style. These new entities, who call themselves the Souls, are a very peaceful, harmonious, homogenous group. They fix many of the problems of our world. There’s no more hunger, no more disease or fear or violence. No one lies or cheats or steals. The idea that a stranger might harm you doesn’t even exist anymore.”

Taken prisoner by a Seeker (Diane Kruger), whose job it is to provide human bodies to serve as hosts for new arrivals, Melanie is implanted with a Soul named Wanderer. When the Seeker attempts to get Wanderer to extract information about other human holdouts from Melanie’s memory, Melanie’s tenacious consciousness fights back. She also tries hard to hold on to her love Jared (Max Irons) while Wanda grasps at hers, Ian (Jake Abel).

“It’s a different kind of story for Stephenie,” the actress observes. “It’s not a love triangle exactly—it’s more a love square because there are four people involved, two in the same body. They’re both in love with different people, which makes it complicated.”

In this video featurette, Saoirse Ronan talks about her role as Melanie, and doing her own stunts.

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