Saoirse Ronan gets used to wearing contact lenses

Saoirse Ronan gets used to wearing contact lenses

By Emily Tait

Author Stephenie Meyer certainly has a penchant for multi-coloured eyes, as is evident in her bestselling Twilight series and also in her acclaimed novel the Host, in which the protagonist has an unusual iris that gives away a secret about her.

Such is the popularity of the author's works, that her novels have been adapted into blockbuster films that have captivated audiences worldwide.

However, in an attempt to make these films as faithful to the books as possible, the actors who portray her characters have to wear coloured contact lenses that transform the appearance of their eyes.

Much has been made of this transformation in the past, with the likes of Robert Pattinson – who portrays Edward Cullen in the Twilight films - and Kristen Stewart – who plays love interest Bella Swan – both having to wear special yellow contacts.

And so it is that Saoirse Ronan, the star of the latest Meyer adaptation, The Host, found out that she had to wear contact lenses during filming – a prospect that she was less than thrilled about at first.

She told MTV News that she had worn coloured contact lenses for another film and had not enjoyed theexperience, but the key was choosing comfortable variants and getting used to the process.

As her character in The Host has to have an iris with a special ring inside it to indicate that she is an alien, Ronan knew that coloured contacts were key to achieving the transformation.

"I got used to it. We have lens techs on the film, and there's one who works with me every day, and he's brilliant. He's the only one who I'll let go near my eyes … It's down from half an hour now to 30 seconds," she told thenews provider.

The film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Host is due out in 2013.

by Martin Burns

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