Thursday 29 September 2016

Saoirse Ronan says her mother sheltered her from the demands Hollywood puts on women

Sasha Brady

Published 08/02/2016 | 17:58

Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Irish actress Saoirse Ronans said her mother has sheltered her from the demands Hollywood puts on women.

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The Bronx-born, Carlow-native is tipped for her second Oscar nomination, having been first shortlisted at the age of 13, for her role in Atonement.

To date, the 21-year-old actress has enjoyed steady success while avoiding the pitfalls that are associated with child stars and the desire to appear down-to-earth has always been a big part of her charm.

Speaking to New York Magazine, the Irish actress credited her mother with keeping her head on her shoulders.

2007: Saoirse Ronan as Briony in Atonement
2007: Saoirse Ronan as Briony in Atonement

"I was talking to someone who started out as a child actor, last night, and went on to do incredible things, and we were both saying it was a huge, huge influence to have our mothers with us when we were young and mothers who came from more of an ethical standpoint than a business one," she said to the magazine.

The former child star who Saoirse was referring to is Jodie Foster.

Saoirse Ronan and mother Monica Ronan at Dublin's Four Seasons Hotel in 2013. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Saoirse Ronan and mother Monica Ronan at Dublin's Four Seasons Hotel in 2013. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

"To have someone with you from 10 to 19 when you're on a set, who has perspective and is only there to look out for you, it really means that you have a more realistic way of looking at this entire world."

The Brooklyn actress said that she doesn't feel she needs to conform to the pressures of Hollywood because her mother sheltered her from the negative side of the industry.

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the "Brooklyn" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre

"I feel it a bit now, and I could see a change when Hanna came out, because it was the first sort of commercial success I'd had, apart from Atonement, and I was very young then – a lot of that went over my head," she explained.

"Part of it was that I'd grown up outside L.A., so I wasn't exposed to the competitive side of that world, where you feel like you have to do a thousand and one things in order to keep up with everyone else."

She added, "I didn't have that pressure of feeling like I needed to be exposed more or do a big studio film in order to get more work. It was down to the type of work I wanted to do."

Actress Saoirse Ronan.
Actress Saoirse Ronan.
Actress Saoirse Ronan, star of the movie 'Brooklyn' Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Actress Saoirse Ronan, star of the movie 'Brooklyn' Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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