Sunday 20 October 2019

Leading lady Saoirse scoops yet another honour for role in Lady Bird

Saoirse Ronan poses with her award at the 2017 Gotham Awards in New York City Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty
Saoirse Ronan poses with her award at the 2017 Gotham Awards in New York City Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty
Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Saoirse Ronan's trophy cabinet must be heaving with silverware.

The two-time Oscar nominee has picked up another accolade after winning the prestigious Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for her leading role in new movie Lady Bird.

The 23-year-old was named best actress for her part in Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age tale of a 17-year-old girl, rebelling against her mum.

The movie was also named best film of 2017 at the Canadian film festival.

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

The honour comes just a week after the star got a Golden Globe nomination for the same part, amid a storm of speculation that she could get another Academy Award nod.

It's been a whirlwind year for Saoirse, who was nominated for an Oscar in her role in Brooklyn at the 2017 event and has been tipped for big things stateside.

She also bought her first house after splashing out on a sprawling property in the Wicklow town of Greystones.

In a clear sign she intends staying close to home, the actress said that despite all the plaudits, she has ruled out ever moving to Hollywood permanently.

"You can come here [Los Angeles] if, you know yourself, you've got your friends, you've got your group of people," she said. "But I think it's very important for me just to physically have separation from this world.

"It means when I'm not doing this, I'm very much somewhere else in every way."

Although Lady Bird won't be officially released in Ireland until February 2018, some film fans got a sneak peak of the movie at a recent VIP event attended by Ronan herself, where she took part in a Q&A session afterwards.

She said what she liked about the movie, which is set in a Catholic school in the pre-social media era of 2002, is that it shows Catholicism in a mainly positive light.

"I went to a Catholic school and I had a lovely experience. Greta also did as well.

"She's not Catholic but she went to a Catholic high-school and she had relationships with incredible teachers that taught her so much," she said.

"I think it's just really nice to see someone like Lois Smith's character (of a nun) be so cool.

"She's really cool and funny and she has great stories."

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She said what she related to most when it came to her character of Lady Bird was when she packed her bags and left home for the first time.

"I didn't apply to university or go through that. But going to New York and experiencing it on my own as a young adult, that shaped who I am," she said.

"The first time you leave your parents is the worst and it doesn't get easier. I was really affected."

She said that she's now looking forward to a relaxing Christmas at home with her family in Ireland.

The star said she'll keep her plans simple, namely not getting out of her pyjamas and "eating some turkey".

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