Saoirse: nobody outside Ireland knows who I am

Saoirse Ronan may be Ireland's most famous actress, but the teenager has revealed she is never recognised outside of her own country.

The 18-year-old is set to be catapulted to superstardom with her starring role in her hotly anticipated new movie, 'The Host', from the creator of the billion-euro 'Twilight' franchise.

The Carlow actress told 'The Graham Norton Show'  that despite a string of leading roles in blockbuster films and an Oscar nomination at the age of 13, she doesn't have to deal with fame outside of Ireland. "They are very proud of me at home, but outside Ireland nobody knows who I am," she said.

'The Host' is penned by 'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer. It is set to be a coming-of-age role for the actress and also features her first intense love scenes. She told Graham Norton: "It has never been that intense before. There was lots of making out."

'The Host', which is being released next month, is about humans fighting aliens called Souls who invade bodies and wipe their victims' consciousness to erase their personalities. Saoirse takes on the dual lead role of Melanie, who has her body inhabited by an alien called Wanda. But instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, Wanda forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans.

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