The Secret Behind Saoirse Ronan’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Birthmark

The actress and her co-star, Tony Revolori, tell the story behind their facial decorations.

For their roles in Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel,” both Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori wore some interesting facial decoration for their characters. Zero, the lobby boy at the center of the quirky caper, draws on a pencil-thin mustache every morning, and his girl, Agatha, sports a Mexico-shaped birthmark on her cheek.

When I sat down with Ronan and Revolori, they both shared the story of how they each got their own distinguishing marks.

In typical Wes Anderson fashion, the stylistic director never gave Ronan a full explanation for why her character needed to have a birthmark shaped like our neighbor to the south, but she went along with it. And considering how precise Anderson is with everything in front of the lens, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that he didn’t approve of Revolori’s improvisation.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” opens in limited release today.”

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