Friday 20 July 2018

'It's an issue everywhere from LA to Ireland' - Saoirse Ronan on pressure put on teens by TV, film, and porn regarding sex

She plays a teen on a mission to lose her virginity before college in new film Lady Bird

Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Saoirse Ronan has spoken about the pressure on young people to have sex and the false perceptions that abound.

The 23-year-old two-time Oscar nominee is generating awards buzz for the third time for her latest role as a rebellious teenager in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird.

Her character is on a mission to lose her virginity before heading off to college, and Saoirse says she feels that pressure is something felt by teenagers the world over.

"I think young people, not just girls, have a lot of pressure put on them and a lot of false perceptions of what sex is and what good sex is.  I think it's an issue everywhere, from LA to Ireland," she told the Irish Sun on Sunday.

Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird

"TV, film, the porn that's out there, leads to a lot of false perceptions and there's a lot of pressure put on kids.

"I think it's important for kids to know that it should very much be a connection and a relationship with another person and that that's someone that you trust."

Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird.
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird.

The Carlow actress also revealed that she has never felt the urge to rebel, as her parents were "really good at parenting" and she got to do what she wanted to do while she was growing up.

"Kids around that agte do it when they're isolated or they ahve to go down a particular route thats' been set for htem by peope who areodler than them and I can understand why they would rebel."

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Ladybird

However, for Saoirse, being surrounded by creative people in the world of acting since she was 12 has meant she didn't feel that need to rebel.

She is very close to her parents, Monica and John, but particularly her mum, who was a huge support to her when she first moved alone to London and felt homesick.

"I had such a newfound respect for my mom once I left," she said.

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