Saoirse as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
Comiccoverage.com met up with Saoirse as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz for a photo shoot and interview.
Saoirse as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
We met Saoirse (pronounced Sear-sha) at MegaCon Tampa Bay and thought she looked great as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. We took a snapshot of her for the MegaCon Tampa Bay Event Coverage and got her Instagram (link) user name. A few weeks later, we asked her if she wanted to do a photo shoot and interview. Her response was a little surprised that we would ask her because she claims she is “not a cosplayer”. Although, we disagree since she was dressed as Dorothy the day we met her and she wore two other cosplays at the convention that we didn’t see. We then met up with Saoirse at a later date to capture some more images of her “slightly improved” version of Dorothy and learn a little more about her during our interview with her below.
Comiccoverage.com (C.C): We loved your version of Dorothy that you were wearing at MegaCon Tampa Bay. That was the only Dorothy cosplay that we happened to see that weekend. What made you decide to cosplay as Dorothy?
Saoirse: Thank you! Believe it or not, I had no plan for any of the costumes I wore to the convention. I had just returned from a five month stay in Europe and was still trying to get it into my head that I was back home. If I’d had more time, I’d have loved to work on more elaborate outfits and I would have chosen characters that I’m currently crazy about.
I only came up with the Dorothy outfit the day before the convention. I was wracking my brain trying to think of what dresses I had that could be used for a character. I remembered I had a blue dress. Then I thought of my sparkly red shoes that I never wear. I braided my hair and stuck a stuffed bulldog in a basket. Then I convinced my mom to dress all in pink and wear a tiara so she could be my Glinda. I thought we looked great and we had a lot of fun! Sometimes last minute costumes are the best.
C.C: Pretty impressive for last minute. We love the dress and the Pin-up Dorothy vibe it has going for it. We also thought the Bulldog Toto was cute even though you showed up to the photo a shoot with a traditional looking Toto that fit the basket a little better. The flats that you wore at MegaCon Tampa Bay were perfect for all of the walking you probably did that weekend but the high heel ruby red slippers you wore to the photo shoot are perfection! Your look really pulls it all together as well.
C.C: Which characters are you currently interested in? Are there any that you would like to cosplay?
Saoirse: Well, ever since I was little I’ve gone through serious obsessions with different books and films. Halloween was always my outlet to showcase what I was currently obsessing over. If I’d had time before MegaCon, I would have liked to get together a Downton Abbey cosplay. I’m very into late 19th and early 20th century styles. I also would have loved to do a Queenie cosplay (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). But my wardrobe is seriously lacking in 1920s styles. Aside from current interests, there are always enduring characters that are close to my heart. I was planning an Alice in Wonderland cosplay, but I switched it to Dorothy at the last minute because I had more accessories for her.
C.C: What were some of the main reasons you attended MegaCon Tampa Bay?
Saoirse: I went to my first convention, Mega Con Fan Days in Orlando in late 2015 because I wanted to meet Billy Boyd from The Lord of the Rings. I ended up having one of the best weekends of my life. I watched all the celebrity panels, met artists, and enjoyed being around fellow nerds. So when I heard about Mega Con Tampa Bay, there was no question in my mind that I would go all three days. The main attraction for me was the chance to meet Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter. He was as charming as I’d hoped. The best surprise was finding out how engaging all of the other celebrity guests were. I liked their panels so much, I ended up meeting practically all of them, including Henry Winkler and Graham McTavish. I only caught a glimpse of David Tennant, though!
C.C: In your Instagram bio, you describe yourself as a writer and traveler. Please tell us about some of the written works have you completed?
Saoirse: As a kid, I wrote a lot of poetry. But I always had this dream in the back of my mind that one day I’d write a book. I had a great creative writing class in college that got me thinking about expanding my ideas into novel length works. As an English major, most of my classes were literature related. Reading books from different times and different parts of the world sparked all kinds of ideas in my head and I finally felt confident enough to start writing in earnest. I wrote my first novel, a sort of psychological drama, in 2015. Last year, I spent five months traveling around Europe by myself. Naturally, I had a lot of stories to tell. So when I got home, I sat down for six weeks and wrote a book about my travels and what I learned. I’m currently looking for agents that might be interested in either of my books. It’s a long process!
C.C: Both sound very interesting and we hope to give them a read when you finish all of the publishing specifics. Are you currently working on any projects that include your writing talents?
Saoirse: I have a blog at saoirsei.wordpress.com that includes some of my travel writing. I hope to add to it soon. Other than that, all of my focus is now on editing and polishing my manuscripts. I have a few other book ideas itching to get out, but I’m trying to pace myself.
C.C: Most writers also enjoy reading and we saw a picture on your Instagram page that looked like you were in front of a book store shelf, but you told us that they are all your books. How many books do you estimate owning? Do you have a favorite author or title? Are there any books that you would recommend giving a read?
Saoirse: I’ve been meaning to count my books! It’s almost impossible to guess how many there are since some of them aren’t even displayed. I’d estimate between 300 and 600, but I could be totally off! My favorite author is Charlotte Brontë and her book, Villette, was very eye opening for me. I’d recommend it to everyone, but maybe I’m biased because it’s my favorite book! I have two other favorites that I always recommend: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid. Each of these books did something for me at different emotional stages of my life. I think they are all necessary and help us look at what it means to be human. The authors all come from completely different backgrounds and different times. That’s what I think is so beautiful about literature. It brings us together, shows us that it doesn’t matter what our lives look like, whether we’re rich or poor. We are all human, trying to live our best lives with what was given to us.
C.C: Tell us more about your five month trip to Europe. Was that your first time visiting Europe? What made you decide to visit Europe?
Saoirse: It was my third time in Europe, but definitely the longest visit I’ve done so far. Long story short, I was working in France for a while and when the job ended unexpectedly I was kind of stuck in Europe. I decided to make the best of the situation by traveling as much as I could. I have an amazing second cousin once-removed in England who let me stay with her. From there, I planned many little side trips.
C.C: How many different countries did you visit during your stay in Europe?
Saoirse: I visited France, England, Scotland, Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands. If you count Vatican City as well, then that’s eleven countries! I would have seen a lot more, but I felt most confident in my solo traveling abilities in the United Kingdom, where I quickly figured out how to get everywhere by train.
C.C: That is a lot of countries! Would you say that you had a favorite of all of the countries you visited in Europe? If so, which one and why?
Saoirse: I had so many memorable experiences in each place I visited, it would be difficult to pick a favorite. But whenever I’m asked what stood out the most on the trip, I always say my hike in Scotland. I solo hiked a 96 mile trail called the West Highland Way, from just outside Glasgow all the way to Fort William. It took me nine days and I learned more about myself and my strength and willpower from that hike than I ever thought possible. For that reason, Scotland will always have a special place in my heart.
C.C: Wow, that is quite a hike! What about cities you have visited, Do you have a favorite city?
Saoirse: Without a doubt, my favorite city is London. There is something there for everyone. It’s a haven for the arts and literature. The architecture is consistent throughout the city, creating a beautiful and grand view everywhere you look. The parks are gorgeous, the museums are stunning, the history is palpable. I’m in love with that city.
C.C: What recognizable landmarks, statues, monuments, buildings, or other structures did you get to visit on your travels?
Saoirse: Let’s see how quick I can make this answer! The list of things I got to check off my bucket list is very long. Among my favorite monuments/buildings/places of interest I saw last year were: the Palais Garnier (the opera house in Paris), the Paris Catacombs, the Louvre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Edinburgh Castle, the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Frogner Park in Oslo, the Colosseum, the canals of Venice, Michelangelo’s statue of David, the Sistine Chapel, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Forum, and the Anne Frank house.
C.C: Other than Europe, Have you visited any other regions of the world?
Saoirse: Some memorable places I’ve visited outside Europe are Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. I’ve also done a bit of traveling within the continental United States, but not nearly enough! My favorite cities here are probably Seattle and New York City. But it’s always good to escape city life, and I do that by visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina almost every year.
C.C: Lastly, are there any other countries that you would like to visit that you haven’t yet?
Saoirse: There are still countless places on my list. At the top are New Zealand and Australia. I’d love to visit Peru, Japan, China, Hawaii, Greece, Spain, and Germany as well. And of course, there are so many things left to see in the countries I’ve already visited. I’ll have to return to all of them eventually!