Saoirse Ronan admits to suffering overwhelming anxiety before filming

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Saoirse Ronan

Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan has admitted that she suffers from overwhelming anxiety at the start of filming a new movie.

The Irish 25-year-old has become one of the movie industry’s most critically acclaimed stars in recent years and already has three Oscar nominations to her name.

However, despite her success she still experiences terrible nerves and can sometimes be a victim of ‘imposter syndrome’.

Saoirse Ronan

Ronan said: “I’m often nervous just at the start. The first few days on the set I’m feeling I can’t do it, and keep thinking, ‘This time I can’t do it . . . I don’t know how I’m going to manage’.

“But then I settle down and I feel so much at home and part of the creative process — and being able to find that rhythm working with the other actors.”

Thankfully she has always managed to fight her way through the anxiety and been able to produce superb performances in many iconic roles.

Ronan was fantastic in the title role in the movie ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ and after Oscar nominations for her roles in both Lady Bird and Brooklyn she is now one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood.

Her upcoming movie ‘Little Women’ sees Ronan is team up with director Greta Gerwig for the first time since they worked together on Lady Bird.

The star will follow in the footsteps of Katherine Hepburn and Wynona Ryder to take on the role of Jo March from the classic novel.

She said: “It’s mad lucky to play her.

“You read the book and you watch the other film versions and you realise that she’s an amazing [character]. There’s so much you can do with her and I think there’s a lot that we explore that hasn’t been explored as much before.

“It’s been such a treat to delve into all the nooks and crannies of this character – she’s essentially Louisa May Alcott – and learning about Alcott’s life really helped.”

Take a look at the trailer for Little Women below.


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