Wednesday 16 October 2019

Saoirse tells 'Vogue': 'I'm proud of referendum result'

Saoirse Ronan on the cover of the August edition of US ‘Vogue’ magazine
Saoirse Ronan on the cover of the August edition of US ‘Vogue’ magazine
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Saoirse Ronan said she is "so proud" after the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment won by a landslide.

The 24-year-old has just landed her first cover of US 'Vogue', which only a handful of Irish women have achieved.

In an interview with the magazine she spoke at length about her decision to use her voice for political activism.

She appeared alongside a number of other well known stars in a Together For Yes campaign video and said she didn't fear the potential backlash that could come from declaring her allegiance.

"I wouldn't say I grew up politically minded, but the older I get, the more in touch I am with what activists are doing - and the more I want to help them.

"I know people who had to travel abroad in order to get an abortion, and that's when I knew I would speak out.

"To see family and friends, and people I wouldn't have expected to vote Yes, choose to give Irish women their rights."

Having worked in the industry since she was a child, landing her first Academy Award nomination at 13, Ronan says she was lucky to avoid any nefarious exchanges on set, except for one occasion when a director was keen to push a particular scene. She doesn't divulge what scene, film or director she's referencing.

"My mam walked on to the set. She said, 'You're not doing that again unless we map out exactly when this is going to stop.' I was very lucky that I had a proper protector with me."

In 2016, at the peak of her own Oscar buzz, Limerick native Ruth Negga appeared on the cover of 'Vogue'.

Irish Independent

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