Saoirse Ronan talked about being a Catholic in Ireland when she appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The Irish actress was discussing her latest role as the title character in Lady Bird.
The character is a rebellious teenager trying to find her identity in life. She attends a Catholic school and in one point in the movie, eats a piece of unconsecrated communion bread as a snack.
Ronan pointed out that: “There’s no way you’d be let away with that in Ireland. There’s no way.”
Colbert asked: “But until the waifer is consecrated, it’s just a piece of bread?”
To which Ronan responded: “Still like, it’s against the rules, God will be looking down on you and judging you Stephen.”
The young star then talked a little about her own experience of the Church in Ireland. She said: “I was raised Catholic, yeah. It’s a much more cultural thing in Ireland – I mean there are very religious Catholics as well – I went to a Catholic school, made my first communion and confirmation and all that sort of stuff.”
The two also discussed the movie and the high expectations there are for it after some favourable reviews. Lady Bird recently knocked Toy Story 2 off the top of the list of best movies on the internet review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Ronan admitted feeling a little guilty about ousting one of the best loved films of all time.
The two then went on to talk about Ronan’s Irish name, Saoirse. The star admitted it had been a source of confusion for people all her life, and that when she was young she considered going by a more easy to pronounce name.