Saoirse Ronan moved by 'outpouring of love' after Brooklyn performance
Saoirse Ronan has said she never could have anticipated the response to Brooklyn and has been moved by the 'outpouring of love' she's received after her performance in the movie.
"It's honestly been one of the most wonderful experiences I've ever had," she said on the red carpet at the BAFTAS on Sunday.
The 21-year-old, who plays an Irish immigrant in Brooklyn, New York, in the period film, said she first picked up Colm Tóibín's book "just for pleasure" when she was just 16.
Now, five years later, she's nominated for an Oscar for her performance as character Eilis Lacey in the movie.
The Carlow native told reporters on Sunday that she's enjoyed the fans' response to the love story, more than the awards recognition - specifically fans who can relate to the storyline.
"Especially when you don't expect something like that to happen and you get that outpouring of love," she said.
"And when people tell you it's their parents' story."
Saoirse previously spoke about a boy from Brooklyn whose parents had a similar tale to the main characters in Brooklyn.
"Someone last night came up to me at a [Q&A] – he's from Brooklyn, his dad is Italian, his mom's Irish, he grew up in New York and the story just really resonated with him," she said ahead of the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
"And he said that he could really appreciate what they had gone through. And I thought that was lovely. Out of everything, to get a response like that is the world.
The Irish actress lost out to friend Brie Larson for the Best Actress award at Sunday night's BAFTAs but Brooklyn took home the award for Best British Film at the ceremony in London.
"I think there is a universality to just someone leaving home and even though it's quite a beautifully simple story, it's one that everyone can relate to - because everyone has gone through that experience regardless of where you came from and where you went to," Saoirse told RTÉ.
"We didn't expect it to become quite as big as it has done but I can understand why people relate to it in the way they do."