Hollywood star Saoirse Ronan has spoken out about the sexism she has experienced in the film industry.
Despite being a hugely accomplished actress with several Oscar nominations already under her belt, Ronan revealed she recently had to work alongside a couple of ‘incredibly chauvinistic’ people.
She told students in Scoil Chaitríona in Glasnevin, Dublin that men would often talk over her while she as on set.
She said: “Talking over you – I’m not really into that. When someone calls you a little lady or an angel – I’m not into that either.
“You could be on a film set every single day and know the story inside and out and you’re going to ask a question about the next camera set-up with the director, and the cinematographer will be talking over you, and won’t stop talking. And I’d be: sorry, can you just? I was just in the middle of?’
“It has only happened a handful of times, but it does happen, and it is a bit mind-blowing when it does.”
She added that she had been ‘very, very lucky’ to also work alongside people who were supportive and encouraged her to ask questions.
Ronan also revealed that she was no longer on Facebook and told the students she felt social media could be a dangerous place.
She said: “I think it’s really easy to pass judgment on people when you’re sitting on your phone. It’s important to remember everyone is going through their own stuff.”
Ronan’s next movie, Little Women, is set to be released later this year.
It sees her star as Jo March in the screen adaption of the classic American novel, alongside Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling
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