Exclusive: Saoirse Ronan swaps awards season for catch-ups with pals in Dublin
Saoirse Ronan is taking a well earned break from awards season for low-key catch-ups at home in Ireland.
After a string of Best Actress nominations for her turn in Brooklyn last year, she is taking a backseat from the red carpet and was spotted catching up with pals in Dublin.
As our exclusive pictures show, the Oscar-nominated star was lunching on artisanal sandwiches and designer coffee with friends and her mother Monica at hip Dublin city centre coffee shop Laine My Love, where she stayed for hours chatting.
"She looked very normal and wasn't drawing any attention to being there," an insider told independent.ie
"She seemed very nice and was happy to pose for photos with fans, but was very much there to enjoy some downtime."
At just 22 years old and two Oscar nominations under her belt, Saoirse is undoubtedly one of the most promising actresses of her generation, but she still knows the importance of what drives her - and it isn't being a celebrity.
Her mother and father Paul, also an actor, trained her to be pragmatic when she decided to pursue a career, especially given her young age (she was nominated for her first Oscar for Atonement at 13).
“Ma watched Dad lose out on parts or star in shows off-off-Broadway and make buttons. She watched these really talented people never get the shot they deserved. So they prepared me to be realistic," she told Time magazine in their cover story last year.
“And that’s good, because the moment fame becomes a priority, you should give it up.”
The Carlow-born actress insists that she needs strong and intelligent roles to keep her satisfied in her acting career.
"It's important for me to play intelligent women, because I think in art, you have a responsibility to portray real life.
"It's even more important now that there's such a massive shift towards feminism that men and women see strong, complex women on screen.
"I'm not being big-headed, but I'm not a dummy," she adds. "So I don't want to play someone who is a dummy on screen. It's just boring."