'It's as hard as for me as anyone else to find someone...'
She's beautiful, young and one of the most successful actresses around - but Saoirse Ronan faces the same problems as every other young woman trying to have it all.
Constant travelling on both sides of the Atlantic means the Carlow woman is simply too busy to look for romance - let alone come across someone with whom she shares a real spark.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent ahead of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, the Lost River star said: "It's as hard for me as for anyone else trying to find somebody they really connect with. I think for anyone, no matter what field you're working - if you're really dedicated to what you're working at - it's always going to be hard to find time to do those things."
She added: "The reason I've never been linked to anyone is because I never talk about it. That's my private life, it's separate to what comes out in the media.
"I just don't think it's something people need to know about - but yeah it's always hard when you've got a crazy schedule. Musicians have the same problem, actors have it, anyone in this industry when you're moving around all the time.
"I mean it's just the fact even to meet as friends, it's hard because everyone is living in a different city or working somewhere else or at home or wherever so it's just about, you know, if you find somebody that you're really willing to commit to then that's great and if not..."
Speaking about her hectic schedule the star said she has taken time out in the past year to enjoy the normal things in life:
"Maybe it looks like I'm always working but I haven't done anything this year. I was travelling and staying in Los Angeles for a bit. I'm really lucky because I have mates all over the world I can visit. It's actually easier when you're older, when you're travelling on your own, to have a bit more of a normal life so yeah I had a year off," she said.
Ronan worked with superstar and heart-throb Ryan Gosling who made his directorial debut on Lost River, a fantasy noir that focuses on a waitress struggling to raise her two children in a ruined city. She says Gosling, despite being a pin-up, is just a down-to-earth pal she hangs out with.
"The reason I wanted to work with Ryan was because I was almost working with him years ago. He was supposed to play my dad in The Lovely Bones. I met Ryan before he became a superstar and loved him - he's the best, he's the sweetest guy. He's a good friend and a true artist.
She continued: "He lives in LA so whenever I'm there I would give him a call. We got a chance to hang out in Austin a few weeks ago which was brilliant as we hadn't seen each other in a while so after the press [interviews] in the evenings we all got to hang out together. He's just a really normal person and I hope he makes more movies in the future because I think he's really gotten a taste for it now."
The Oscar-nominated actress is celebrating her 21st birthday soon and says she is so excited: "I'm counting down the days."
Her next movie, entitled Brooklyn and due for release in November, tells the story of an immigrant's journey to New York. Ronan plays a native of Ireland who leaves for Brooklyn in 1952. The movie was directed by John Crowley and adapted by Nick Hornby from the novel written by Colm Toibin. Fellow Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson also stars.
Critics are already predicting Oscar buzz for the movie which premièred at the Sundance Festival last week to rave reviews.
She previously said of the role: "Playing someone normal was the biggest challenge," the actress says. "I wasn't used to it."
The Carlow woman has joined a chorus of Hollywood stars including Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston and Zooey Deschanel who bemoan the fact that women are asked very different questions on the red carpet to their male counterparts.
"I think it's something we take for granted because we just assume it's ok to ask 'what's your dress sense?' or there's a lot of women who are asked about their love life - men are never asked that kind of stuff."