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'My skin wasn’t great at the time and I had acne' - Saoirse Ronan on decision not to cover up for new film

Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird.
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird.
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Saoirse Ronan has said her mother will fly to Los Angeles especially to watch her new film – a mother-daughter love story in many respects – with her.

The Carlow actress plays the role of a punky Californian teenager who is trying to fit in at high school.

“I wouldn’t say on day one I had completely figured out who this girl was, which is probably for the best because the movie is about her figuring out who she is,” the twice Oscar-nominated actress told Vanity Fair.

“Her identity sometimes changed from one scene to the next. Once Greta and I came together, though, we worked on developing this person.”

Saoirse’s mother Monica will wait until the pair are together in Los Angeles later this month to see the film for the first time.

“So she’s coming out in the next week and a half, and I just really want to watch it with her,” she said.

“I told her, ‘Wait until you’re with me to watch it so we can cry together.’ So we’re going to watch it when she gets here.”

The actress explained that she wore minimal make-up, dyed her hair red, and wore 90s-style clothes during filming.

“My skin wasn’t great at the time and I had acne”

“[The director Greta Gerwig] suggested dying my hair a different colour and when she said red, straight away—even though it’s not quite the same shade—I thought of Tai from Clueless. Just seeing that sort of cool, wavy red hair and Alanis Morissette-style clothes really helped.”

“My skin wasn’t great at the time and I had acne. Jackie, the makeup artist, asked me how I felt about not covering that up as much and I thought it was a really good opportunity to let a teenager’s face in a movie actually look like a teenager’s face in real life.”

“I think we all really wanted Lady Bird to be as authentic as possible, but also let the audience see how she had her own style and her own look and she was a bit of a rock star in that way.”

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