Ac­tor tells how she ditched make-up to look real as a teenager on screen

Daily Record - - INFO - LAURA HARDING re­porters@dai­

SAOIRSE Ro­nan spent hours in make-up to look flawless as Mary, Queen of Scots.

But for her lat­est role, di­rec­tor Greta Ger­wig asked her to bare her fa­cial flaws to the world.

The Irish star has had acne for the last two years – and it helped her win an Os­car nom­i­na­tion as a school­girl in Lady Bird.

Ro­nan, 23, said: “I started to get bad skin when I was about 21.

“I was do­ing a lot of press and I did a play and my skin was just un­der so much strain.

“I started to get acne. I had never had it be­fore and I wasn’t in­se­cure and self-con­scious about it.

“I went into Lady Bird and the hair and make-up girls and Greta asked me if I would con­sider not cover­ing it up so much.

“I thought it would be a missed op­por­tu­nity not to rep­re­sent teenagers as they ac­tu­ally are.

“I don’t think it takes any­thing away from her, ei­ther.”

Lady Bird, Ger­wig’s de­but as a solo di­rec­tor, is a com­ing-of-age film about a teenage girl grow­ing up in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia in 2002.

The hero­ine Chris­tine gives her­self the nick­name Lady Bird to stand out in a bor­ing town.

The film fol­lows her re­la­tion­ships with mum Mar­ion, played by Lau­rie Met­calf, her best friend Julie, played by Beanie Feld­stein, and her dal­liances with two dis­ap­point­ing teenage boys, played by Lu­cas Hedges and Os­car nom­i­nee Ti­mothee Cha­la­met.

Ro­nan, who was born in New York but brought up in Ire­land, said: “I’ve watched it twice. The first time I watched it with my best friend Julie and then I watched it with my mam Mar­ion.

“So even though my re­la­tion­ships, more so with me and my mam, are quite dif­fer­ent to her and her mother’s, when they go shop­ping, or she and Julie are just hav­ing a laugh, that’s some­thing we can all re­late to.”

Ro­nan said she was blown away by Ger­wig, star of Frances Ha, Mistress Amer­ica and Green­berg.

She added: “She’s worked with so many other bril­liant film­mak­ers over the years. She’s taken so much

SCREEN TRI­UMPH Ro­nan with Lu­cas Hedges and, right, Lau­rie Met­calf in Lady Bird

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