SAOIRSE Ronan struggles with anxiety watching herself on screen, she has admitted — but she is “at peace” at home in Ireland.
The award-winning actress is cover star on this month’s Vogue magazine, for which she was interviewed by Conversations with Friends author Sally Rooney.
The two young Irish women met several times for the piece, the first being in Ireland ahead of our May abortion referendum.
Saoirse publicly promoted Repeal in a video for Together for Yes and said that after experiencing the Marriage Equality referendum and its majority Yes vote, she wanted more of the same.
She recalled the day in May 2015 that same-sex marriage was legalised, telling Sally: “Driving through north Dublin, and everyone had the flags out. They were having street parties.
“It felt as though we had moved into a new stage. It was like we had woken up.”
And Saoirse wanted to be involved in the Repeal as “I know people who had to travel abroad in order to get an abortion, and that’s when I knew I would speak out.”
The film star had her first Academy Awards nomination when she was just 13 for her role in Atonement, her first of three Oscar nominations so far in her career.
And while she has won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe earlier this year for Lady Bird, and starred in huge movies including Brooklyn and The Lovely Bones, Saoirse insisted she is “not famous.”
She said: “I just genuinely don’t think I am. Selena Gomez is famous… If you’re not aware of how often you’re in a newspaper, then it’s like it’s not really happening.
“I just get so anxious whenever I watch anything that I’m in. I’m fine with the way I look now. But I wouldn’t necessarily be looking at photographs of myself all day. I don’t want to become too consumed by the image of myself.”
The 24-year-old star has moved back to Ireland and now lives in Greystones.
“Ireland is smaller than England, and I love it for that. I missed this.”
She added: “That never leaves you. I feel most at home and at peace when I’m in the country.
“Though I like being in London too. There’s an anonymity. You can disappear into the human flow.”
She quickly picked up the bug and followed in his footsteps, with her first role as Rhiannon Geraghty in RTE’s The Clinic at the age of nine.
She was quickly snapped up for movie roles, but growing up as a child actress in Hollywood, she said she was never exploited because either her mother Monica or father were always on set.
But she admitted that there were times when they saved her skin, in particular when a director tried to push a sensitive scene hoping she would go further than she felt comfortable.
She told Vogue: “My mam walked onto the set. She said, ‘You’re not doing that again unless we map out exactly when this is going to stop.’ I was very lucky that I had a proper protector with me.”
And the movement from child star to an adult actress has also been seen in the questions people ask her, because no-one asked about her love life before she turned 18.
But Saoirse said she will be keeping schtum on that, the same way she did as a youngster.
“I think people know not to ask me certain things. They’re not going to know who I’m going out with or where I live. They’re not going to know much about my family…
“When I’m working, I can’t really do anything else. I can’t go out, I can’t meet up with anyone, I don’t read anything. Someone said to me, ‘You’re monogamous when it comes to your work,’ and it’s so true. You can only commit to one thing at a time.”
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The actress also recorded a video for Vogue, where she answered 73 of their questions, including the ‘best advice she ever received’ was “Be nice to everyone and make your own cup of tea on set.”
She also said she does her own stunts, with the hardest “being strapped to the bottom of a truck in the Sahara desert for an hour” for her part in Hanna.
READ the rest of the interview in this month’s Vogue.
Source : https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/2837539/saoirse-ronan-vogue-yes-vote/1673