Sunday 17 December 2017

Saoirse Ronan thanks Ryan Gosling for helping people pronounce her name

What's in a name: Saoirse Ronan with Ryan Gosling at the Hollywood Film Awards
What's in a name: Saoirse Ronan with Ryan Gosling at the Hollywood Film Awards

Actress Saoirse Ronan has offered up thanks to Ryan Gosling for helping people with the pronunciation of her name.

The New York-born Brooklyn star was given the traditional name by her Irish parents, and she has had to correct people on the spelling and pronunciation for years.

PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02: Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02: Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)

But Gosling gave her a big boost at the Hollywood Film Awards in November, when he presented the former child star with the New Hollywood Award and told the audience, "It's Ser-sha, like inertia!" - and now suddenly people have started getting her name right.

"Someone sent me a photo two weeks later of a cinema in Minnesota, and on the sign in the front it said, 'Brooklyn' and then underneath it said, 'Ser-sha, Like Inertia'," the actress told People magazine at the 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala on Saturday.

"I couldn't believe it! They actually put it on the front of the cinema, so the power of Ryan Gosling is stronger than anything else. He's like Jesus or something, like a blond Canadian Jesus!"

Gosling also told the crowd at the Hollywood Film Awards that Saoirse, who is hotly tipped to land an Oscar nomination for her performance in Brooklyn, is one of his favourite actresses.

Actor Ryan Gosling (L) presents the New Hollywood Award for Brooklyn to honoree Saoirse Ronan onstage during the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Ryan Gosling (L) presents the New Hollywood Award for Brooklyn to honoree Saoirse Ronan onstage during the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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