Saoirse Ronan has spoken about the value of a strong Irish mammy and revealed that her mother protected her from being pushed into a risqué scene when she was younger.
The Irish actress is the cover star of these month’s issue of Vogue magazine and told interviewer Sally Rooney that she feels lucky to have her mother, Monica.
When Ronan was younger, Monica felt that a director was taking advantage of her daughter’s youth when he pushed a particularly sensitive scene.
Ronan told how Monica wasn’t having any of it.
She said: “My mam walked onto 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.”
Of course her career has come on leaps and bounds since then and she has become one of Ireland’s top stars with three Oscar nominations to her name by the age of 24.
However, despite her success she still feels shocked when people recognise her.
She said: “I’m not..famous. I just genuinely don’t think I am. Selena Gomez is famous.
“If you’re not aware of how often you’re in a newspaper, then it’s like it’s not really happening.”
Ronan, who now lives in London, also spoke about her love for Ireland and the people.
She said: “Ireland is smaller than England, and I love it for that.
“I feel most at home and at peace when I’m in the country. Though I like being in London too. There’s an anonymity. You can disappear into the human flow.”
She then gave an insight into her latest projects – Mary Queen of Scots and Little Women.
She said: ““There’s something wonderful about doing the type of work that is a part of you because you can give it everything you’ve got. And it gives so much back to you as well. You become better. You become a better person.”
Take a look at a video from Vogue with Saoirse Ronan below.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling