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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Life through a lens: Saoirse reveals people snap sneaky pics of her while she takes the Tube

No hiding place: Film star Saoirse Ronan can’t escape the attentions of her fans. Picture: AP
No hiding place: Film star Saoirse Ronan can’t escape the attentions of her fans. Picture: AP
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan has revealed people surreptitiously take pictures of her while she is travelling on the London Tube.

She said in a new interview that she can disappear quite easily out on the streets, although less so in Ireland.

"A lot of people know me there, it's a small country. That's just the way it is. But anywhere else, yes, I can be invisible - though on the Tube I do get people looking hard at their mobile phones and really they're surreptitiously taking a picture of me. You're staring at them, and you're thinking 'I can see you'.

"But some people think you only exist on the telly; that you're not a real person, and so it doesn't matter. I would never do that myself - it would feel like you're stealing from someone," she said in an interview with 'The Observer'.

The 24-year-old, whose latest movie is 'Mary Queen of Scots', has been Oscar-nominated three times - for 'Atonement', 'Brooklyn' and 'Lady Bird'. But she revealed she was warned by older actors that scripts would dry up when she hit her late teens.

"There are more films being made now about girls and women, but even six years ago, people didn't know what to do with an older teenage girl who was about to go into her 20s."

She added she was lucky 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' came along, which she appeared in back in 2014.

Irish Independent

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