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Class act: Saoirse Ronan dons retro swimsuit on the beach in New York

Published 22/05/2014 | 08:26

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Saoirse Ronan filming "Brooklyn"  on May 21, 2014 in Coney Island New York City.  (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
Saoirse Ronan filming "Brooklyn" on May 21, 2014 in Coney Island New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

Even in character, Saoirse Ronan is a class act.

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The Irish actress is missing the glamorous Cannes Film Festival due to filming commitments as she's currently working on her latest role in 'Brooklyn' alongside Domnhall Gleeson.

And the Carlow native, who is one of Hollywood's most conservatively dressed stars, brings her pared-down style on set.

Saoirse was spotted filming her scenes at New York's iconic Coney Island in a retro style emerald green swimsuit - a stark contrast to her normally covered up roles.

The Academy Award nominee was seen frolicking in the water for her latest flick, alongside co-star Emory Cohen.

Earlier in the day, the pair were spotted filming along the boardwalk donning 1960's style clothing with Saoirse's pleated midi skirt and cat-eye sunglasses keeping up her style icon status.

Ronan was previously spotted filming in Dublin and Wexford with Gleeson and Cohen for the highly anticipated movie.

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Brooklyn is the onscreen adaptation of Colm Toibin's 2009 novel of the same name.

The famous pair have been travelling throughout the country to film, including Enniscorthy, but has made the move back up to Dublin to tackle the next leg of her film.

"It's been very long hours generally, 13 hours a day but it has been going well," she said of her filming schedule.She is undoubtedly one of our most successful actresses of the last decade, and according to her actor father Paul, she was born to be a star.

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"She started off very young. She showed signs of being a performer when she was in nappies," he said.

Saoirse was first inspired by the Riverdance phenomenon and would regularly perform the dance routines for her parents in their Bronx sitting room.

"She was obsessed with this show. She had the whole routine. I actually videotaped her doing the whole thing -- she wasn't even two," said Paul.

"We'd be watching her and she'd be in her own world. It was amazing."

He added that Saoirse had a "natural gift" for acting, and he and wife Monica never wanted to interfere too much with it.

In her first movie at the tender age of six, Saoirse never received any formal training and was home-schooled by a former teacher as she juggled her acting work with her studies.

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Saoirse, the consummate professional, skipped out on Cannes to promote her latest film , directed by Hollywood hunk Ryan Gosling.

On working with The Notebook’ star Ryan, who has given up acting for directing, she described him as a “goofball” and who was nothing like his serious persona.

“He’s really, really cool. He takes his job seriously and he takes what we were doing seriously but he’s the best guy to be around. He’s so much fun. I love him,” she said.

She admitted how she was also the envy of all her pals back in Ireland after she told them she was going to be working with the acclaimed actor.

“I told one of my best friends as she told me if I ever worked with Robert Pattinson or Ryan Gosling, she needed to come with me. So I told her, Guess what, I’m working with Ryan Gosling.’ And she grabbed my wrist really tightly and was like, I’m going to kill you.’ So she was really happy for me.”

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