Thursday 25 December 2014

She's all grown up now! Saoirse Ronan does old Hollywood on set of new film

Published 18/04/2014 | 15:30

Date : Thurs 17.4.14, Cabinteely House, Cabinteely, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Pictured filming "Brooklyn", a Colm Toibin book from his 2009 novel. Enniscorthy is where he grew up, Saoirse Ronan will play Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant in 1950s New York whose dating an itailian plumber, Tony (Emory Cohen). Tragedy calls her home, Eilis (Saoirse) returns home & falls for a local man, Jim (Domhnall Gleeson). Today's scenes were mostly interiors but @ 7pm, all 4 filmed scenes outside the house, this is the last week in Ireland before moving to Montreal in Canada.
L to r: Domhnall Gleeson, Saoirse Ronan leave the big house.
Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Saoirse Ronan at Cabinteely House. Picture: Mark Doyle

With such success at a young age, Saoirse Ronan would be forgiven for falling victim to the 'child star' curse.

But the 20-year-old actress, who was nominated for her first Oscar at the age of 13, is clearly the consummate professional.

The Carlow native was spotted in character filming 'Brooklyn' in Cabinteely House, south county Dublin, and kept her cool in front of the cameras alongside co-star Domnhall Gleeson.

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.

Saoirse was seen in full 1950's style garb with a modest knee length grey skirt, white blouse and vintage hairstyle.

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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.

"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.

She has made 18 movies, has collected a string of awards and is currently filming Brooklyn in Ireland.

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