'Brooklyn' premiere: Saoirse Ronan praises Jennifer Lawrence's 'wage gap' campaign
ACTRESS Saoirse Ronan has praised Jennifer Lawrence for penning a “wage gap” essay and for highlighting the film industry’s depiction of women on screen.
Ronan attended the Irish premiere of Brooklyn in Dublin’s Savoy cinema this evening and spoke of the frustration she feels regarding the dearth of strong female roles.
“I hope with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence speaking out it forces things to change,” she said.
“There are so many roles where women are simply supporting. They are the crutch, the sister, the assistant or the girlfriend and that’s as far as the definition goes. That needs to change.”
Ronan said she was shocked recently when a close friend auditioned for a role in a movie where the female character was described as “the leading man’s type”.
“It said ‘just his type’, that was the character's description.
“That has to change and in order to change we need to have more female directors, producers and writers.”
Set in the 1950s, Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish woman who moves to the US. The film has generated plenty of Oscar buzz and Ronan hopes it will shift industry attitudes towards female roles.
“I hope we’ll start to see more films about women and women’s interactions. I hope we’ll see films where women actually help each other rather than being catty of bitchy [towards each other].”
The premiere attracted a plethora of well known faces including Bono, Ali Hewson, Caroline Downey, and Colm Toibin.
Actress Eva Birthistle and Jenn Murray also attended.