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I'm very pale but I'll never use fake tan, says Saoirse Ronan

Sharon McGowan

Published 21/10/2015 | 08:23

Saoirse Ronan attends the 53rd New York Film Festival Premiere of
Saoirse Ronan attends the 53rd New York Film Festival Premiere of "Brooklyn" at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Saoirse Ronan attends the 53rd New York Film Festival premiere of "Brooklyn" at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the "Brooklyn" screening during the BFI London Film Festival on October 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)
Colm Tóibín and Saoirse Ronan attend the screening of Brooklyn at the London Film Festival Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

While the Hollywood look is all about a deep tan and big smile, Saoirse Ronan is more than happy to embrace her pale skin.

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Unlike many other twenty-somethings, the young actress (21) said she ditches fake tan in favour of a more natural look.

Although she channelled a young Californian girl in her first ever movie role for rom-com I Could Never Be Your Woman, Saoirse and her character Izzie were worlds apart.

“[The role] could not have been more different than me,” she said.

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn.
Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn.

“She had grown up in LA. I’m proud to say that I have never used fake tan and I am very pale.”

The Carlow woman was only 12 when she landed the role, having always known that acting was what she wanted to do.

Saoirse explained her dad Paul, who is also an actor, noticed his daughter’s love for the camera at a very young age.

“I am an only child, and I would disappear into my own world. I staged long, intricate soap operas with my dolls,” the Hanna actress said.

“My father saw that I was drawn to the camera, and I think he felt it took me out of myself.”

It didn’t take long for Saoirse’s talent to be recognised, as she earned an Oscar nomination for her part in Atonement in 2008.

Saoirse Ronan admits she loves the era's look.
Saoirse Ronan admits she loves the era's look.

Seven years later, there is yet more Oscar buzz around the young screen star – this time for her part in upcoming film Brooklyn, an adaptation of Colm Toibin’s award-winning novel.

Speaking to W magazine, Saoirse said she wanted the role because she could relate to her character Eilis’ loneliness when she moved away from home.

“It felt like I had to do it; it was my life in novel form,” she said. “I had just moved from my home in Ireland to London, and I understood the sadness and excitement of being on your own in a new place.”

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