The Irish Sun has just posted a new interview with Saoirse in which she speaks out about huge gap between what male and female stars earn in Hollywood and about her plans of moving to New York next year.
The 21-year-old businesswoman, whose production company Slaney turned a profit of €111,677 last year, said financial inequalities in Hollywood are “not fair”.
She said: “What are my feelings about women being paid less than men? It’s ridiculous. It shouldn’t be the case anymore. We’re doing exactly the same job.”
“I feel like we’re very much part of a movement now with a film like Brooklyn (based on the novel by Colm Toibin) which has so many scenes in it that consist of female interaction and that only have women at the centre, being entertaining on screen. They’re smart, well-written, well-rounded characters. I hope that will help change things.”
“This financial inequality shouldn’t be the reality. It’s really not fair and there’s no justification for it.”
New York-born Saoirse who lives in Carlow also revealed she is thinking of returning to the Big Apple to study film.
She said both Ireland and New York feel like home to her in very real and different ways.
She explained: “I celebrate being Irish and I also really celebrate being born in the greatest city in the world.
“I think you can have different identities and you can take different things from the places you’ve grown up with. America has, over the past few years, become a huge part of who I am and a lot of my friends are over here.
“I’m going to move to New York next year and I can’t wait. I will always be Irish and I will always be very proud to be Irish and I will take that with me, wherever I go. We are like a nation of leavers but we always sort of come back . . . emotionally or physically, we always return eventually.
“I’ll fly the nest but Ireland will always be home and I’m very sure of that in myself.”
The thespian credits her success to her parents.
She said: “I don’t feel like I’ve ever had to hide any aspect of myself. I’m the kind of person — and maybe this is the way I work as well — where if something just doesn’t feel right, I have to sort that out. I can’t just sit on that at all because I get this huge knot in my stomach, no matter what it is — whether it’s needing to make a phone call to somebody or . . . if I feel like I’ve upset somebody and having to make sure I apologise, or whether it’s a job and feeling like a certain job isn’t right for me, I have to follow my instincts. It comes down to my parents and always being able to be open with them about how I feel.”