Sunday 20 October 2019

WATCH: 'I wasn't invited to the Oscars - I watched it on the telly at home!' - Saoirse Ronan

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Grand Budapest Hotel, in which she starred opposite Ralph Fiennes, Adrian Brody, and Bill Murray, may have bagged four Oscars but Saoirse Ronan didn't get to celebrate with the cast.

Speaking to Independent.ie at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival screening of her latest flick, Lost River, at Cineworld in Dublin she revealed she watched the glittering ceremony at home.

"I wasn't there, no.  I was at home.  I watched it on the telly," adding that the reason was because she "wasn't invited".

The 20-year-old star turns 21 in two weeks time, which means she can legally drink alcohol in the US, and she says she has some exciting plans.

Saoirse Ronan pictured at Cineworld in Dublin where she attended the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival screening of her film Lost River.
Saoirse Ronan pictured at Cineworld in Dublin where she attended the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival screening of her film Lost River.

"I'm going to celebrate.  I'm going to do something and I'm very excited about it.  I'm kind of counting the days now."

Saoirse currently stars in the aforementioned Lost River, a fantasy drama also starring Eva Mendes and Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, and director Ryan Gosling previously revealed he wrote her part particularly for Saoirse.

They had meant to work together on Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones before Gosling dropped out.

As for her reasons for signing up, she said, "Ryan, working with him.  I liked the idea of the script.  I liked that it was very kind of open to interpretation and that was somethign that he really encouraged us to do.

"He told me before I'd even signed up for it what kind of way were were going to work and it was sort of this guerrilla style of film-making and I was very excited about that and I'd never done it before.

"There was a lot of improvisation and that's a kind of scary thing when you don't have written words."

Given Gosling's enormous female fan base, you might expect a few jitters, but not for Saoirse.

"It didn't scare me," she said.  "We were very lucky we shot it in Detroit and apart from a few kind of drive by paps that were tryign to get a snap of him, we were really kind of left alone."

The young star also revealed she would be more than happy to return to work in Ireland "if the right thing comes along".

She added, "We were here last year [for Brooklyn] and it was brilliant.  We had RTE come to set and they visited us.  That was lovely.  You get that kidn of reaction at home, a lot of 'Oh my Gods!'.  I'd love to come back if it was the right thing.

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