Here is another great interview of Saoirse talking about ‘Brooklyn’ and her personal journey with BBC. Enjoy!
She is only 21 but Saoirse Ronan is tipped to earn her second Oscar nomination for her role in the tearjerker Brooklyn. It is her most personal role yet and the Irish-American actress struggles with tears as she talks about the film festival favourite.
“It’s been amazing to see the reaction,” says Ronan.
The film was first screened to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in January and most recently at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
“Every festival we’ve gone to… you’re on edge because you think ‘Oh god is the reaction going to be as strong as it was the first time?’ or will that have died down or worn off and it just didn’t, it just got better and better.”
She stars in Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey, a young woman from rural Ireland in the 1950s, who has to leave her home to find job opportunities and a future in the US.
The film has been adapted from Colm Toibin’s New York Times Bestseller by Nick Hornby, who was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for An Education.
Many audience members have been in tears, including Ronan herself.
Saoirse attended a special screening of the film ‘Brooklyn’ yesterday, which was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We have updated our photo gallery with images from the event.
Saoirse and ‘Brooklyn’ are nominated in several categories for British Independent Film Awards. The Moët British Independent Film Awards 2015 will take place on Sunday 6 December at Old Billingsgate. Check below the categories.
Saoirse has recently talked to USA Today about her upcoming film, ‘Brooklyn’, in which she played her first Irish character. We have updated our photo gallery with a photo session that was releasedwith the article, and you can watch her interview below.
NEW YORK — Until Brooklyn, Saoirse Ronan had never played an Irish character in a movie. But what could seem like a major casting oversight is actually no coincidence.
“There’s a phrase back at home, when something is ‘diddly idle,’ ” says Ronan, 21, with a grin. “That’s when someone tries to do this stereotypical Irish film, where everyone’s a farmer and we’ve never seen the big city.
“We’ve done that and seen that and most of the time, it feels quite flat,” she adds. “So I was waiting for something like this to come along.”
In the 1950s-set Brooklyn (opens Wednesday in New York and Los Angeles, before expanding nationwide Nov. 25), Ronan plays a young Irish woman named Eilis Lacey whose older sister, Rose, arranges for her to move to New York in hopes of finding better opportunities. Taking a job at a department store, enrolling in night class and falling for a sweet Italian boy, Tony (Emory Cohen), Eilis overcomes homesickness and embraces her city life — that is, until she’s called back to Ireland under grave circumstances, and must choose between her two homes and suitors (Domhnall Gleeson, as Irish beau Jim, who falls for her when she returns).
The Independent.ie has just published a great new interview with Saoirse entitled “Saoirse Ronan finds her freedom” and you can read it below:
Saoirse Ronan is something of an anomaly. Not only is it unusual to meet a young person who’s more into Chekhov than Snapchat, it’s also incredibly rare to meet someone so young and well-known who is completely down-to-earth. Despite massive success from the age of 13, she’s as ordinary as any other 21-year-old woman – although with arguably far more life experience, and far less dependence on her smartphone.
It’s not a big jump to draw parallels between her and another beautiful young actress who has grown up before us on screen, Emma Watson. The Harry Potter star is the face an international campaign for gender equality, called He for She. Her rousing speech to the UN on the issue last year reignited a global conversation about feminism. Does Saoirse – who last week spoke out in favour of wage equality – identify herself as a feminist?
“I guess I always have been, but never really realised,” she says. “For as long as I’ve been doing interviews, I’ve referred to myself as an actor and I never thought anything of it. But people would always correct me on it and say: ‘You’re an actress!’ When you understand what feminism is, it’s just the desire to be treated completely equally.
“I want us to get to the point where we don’t have to talk about this any more, where it’s just normal. Where you don’t have to point out a director is female, they’re just a director. That’s when things will have changed, and for the better.
“I love playing women – and what I mean by that is real characters, not just specified as ‘the girlfriend’ or ‘the sister’. And I think we’re getting there, with actors like Cate Blanchett and great female-centric films like Trainwreck and Bridesmaids.” Continue reading Saoirse talks to the Irish Independent