Saoirse Ronan's primary school teacher reveals her very first role, and it's adorable
Saoirse Ronan started honing her exceptional acting talent very early in life, reveals her former primary school teacher.
The Carlow native is just 23 but already boasts three Oscar nominations for roles in Atonement, Brooklyn, and Lady Bird and we'll find out if tonight is her night to finally win at the 90th Academy Awards.
Fans of Irish TV series The Clinic will remember a Cherub-faced nine-year-old Saoirse impressing in her role as Rihannon Geraghty, before a stint on Proof as Orla.
But even at the age of five she loved performing, as her former teacher at Ardattin primary school in Carlow, Kathleen Bolger, reveals.
Kathleen, who retired from teaching in 2004, taught Saoirse for four years from Junior Infants. At that stage the school had just two classrooms.
"I remember her very first role was as a tree," Kathleen told Independent.ie. "She was great. She loved it. All the children loved dressing up as trees, butterflies, flowers at that age."
In Senior Infants she played a rat in The Pied Piper of Hamlin, and Kathleen recalls she was "a very good rat!", adding that Saoirse progressed to playing the Pied Piper himself the following year.
"The parents were all very good about helping to make their costumes and I remember Monica [Saoirse's mum] making a cloak for her to play the Pied Piper."
The children performed their plays on stage for their parents at the hall opposite the school in Ardattin village. It was the very first time Saoirse tread the boards.
Less than two decades later, in 2016, she made her Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed The Crucible in 2016 and she has a body of work spanning more than 20 films.