Saoirse Ronan

“It’s starting to become more of the norm now that women are getting a chance to make their own films, so the sentiment is very sincere and it’s very authentic…”

Three-time Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan chats about working with female directors, her parents’ acting influence, and coping with the pressure of being one of Hollywood’s brightest young talents…


Q: Apart from Greta Gerwig, you’ve worked with several other female filmmakers including Josie Rourke on Mary Queen of Scots?

RONAN: I’ve worked with a lot of women throughout my career since the age of 10. It’s always felt quite normal to me. It’s never felt like something that I’ve had to go out of my way to find. Whenever possible, I would like to work with female directors. Women have to work harder than men, both in front of and behind the camera, and we need to come out of the shadows in all areas in society.

Q: After winning so much recognition for your work, do you ever feel added pressure each time you begin work on a new film?

RONAN: I’m often nervous just at the start. The first few days on the set I’m thinking, ‘This time I can’t do it. I don’t know how I’m going to manage.’ But then I settle down and I feel so much at home and part of the creative process and being able to find that rhythm working with the other actors.

Q: Having spent nearly two-thirds of your life in front of the camera, do you feel that your life has been distorted in any sense?

RONAN:  I don’t really have any way of comparing to how other people have grown up. Acting has always been this very stable, constant part of life and being on a set and being part of this industry has been a very important and rewarding part of my life.

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