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Worth her weight in gold
Unheard of a year ago, Carlow teen Saoirse Ronan is the actress of the hour in Hollywood. Here, she and her actor father Paul Ronan talk about her remarkable rise.
Jason O'Toole, 22 Jan 2008
In recent interviews, Saoirse revealed that she also missed her dog. But when she got home at Christmas, the dog, unfortunately, had absconded. “I’m missing her a lot more now," she says, sadly. "My nanny and granddad were minding her and she ran away and she’s either in Dublin, somewhere in a nice house or I didn’t know – I don’t want to even say it, but she’s gone, I think.”
Saoirse is now halfway through filming The Lovely Bones, but she still sometimes finds it a surreal experience to be working on such a big-budget film. “I haven’t really had any time to pinch myself. I haven’t really had any time to sit down and go, ‘Wow!’ Sometimes when I’m on the set, I think about how I am with these people who made The Lord of The Rings. They won like, I don’t know, 20 Oscars for it or something mad like that. It is amazing that these people are my friends now and not just the people who made Lord of The Rings. It is mad – but I am kind of used to it now. I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to work with all the actors and actresses I’ve worked with. It has been brilliant.”
The past two years have been phenomenal for the young actress, with the result that she is now one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. Saoirse has produced an impressive body of work during the past two years. She has six films under her belt already and was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at this year’s Golden Globes for her portrayal of Kiera Knightley’s younger sister in Atonement. Unfortunately, Saoirse’s dream of strolling up the red carpet at the award ceremony this week were scuppered. The striking Hollywood screenwriters picket of the ceremony prompted the television network to cancel the show, after it was made clear that no Hollywood actor would cross the picket line.
But despite not being able to savour the moment in the Golden Globe limelight what’s clear is that Saoirse Ronan is now, indeed, a rising star.