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from that and learned so much. “She was just so ready to do this. It kind of felt like this was al­ways some­thing she was sup­posed to do. “I was a fan of hers any­way, but to watch her de­liver it to the world has been even better.” Ger­wig, 34, is only the fifth woman di­rec­tor to be nom­i­nated for an Os­car. Ro­nan hopes this year will mark a wa­ter­shed for fe­male film­mak­ers.

“There has to be,” she said. “I think with Lady Bird and Won­der Woman (which was directed by Patty Jenk­ins), which was such a big block­buster, there will be a change.

“The con­ver­sa­tion is too big now to go away. And first and fore­most, the best ma­te­rial has to be the stuff that gets made.

“But in or­der to make it as di­verse as pos­si­ble, women, for ex­am­ple, need to be able to get a meet­ing with an ex­ec­u­tive and go, ‘Here’s my piece of work – now de­cide what you will, whether you think it’s good or not’. There needs to be the op­tion, at least.” Lady Bird is Ro­nan’s third Os­car nom­i­na­tion. She’s also up for the best ac­tress award at the Baf­tas on Sun­day. The star was 13 when she played Bri­ony Tal­lis in Atone­ment, a role that bagged her the first nom­i­na­tion.

The sec­ond came for her 2016 por­trayal of an Irish woman who em­i­grates to New York in the film Brook­lyn.

Lady Bird is a quasi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal telling of Ger­wig’s up­bring­ing in Sacre­mento. The sto­ries, by and about women, feel par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to Ro­nan, given the cur­rent cli­mate in Hollywood.

The movie got a rap­tur­ous re­cep­tion at film fes­ti­vals last year and has a near perfect score on re­view ag­gre­gat­ing web­site Rot­ten Toma­toes fol­low­ing its re­lease in the US.

Ro­nan added: “The type of films that have come out over the last year are a re­flec­tion on the mas­sive changes that we’ve all gone through in the last cou­ple of years, po­lit­i­cally and other­wise.

“The likes of Brexit and Trump have re­ally af­fected all of us and our cre­ativ­ity. “I think peo­ple were hun­gry for a film like this. When it came along, the re­ac­tion we got to it was sort of like, ‘Why weren’t we do­ing this all along?’

“It’s be­cause, re­ally, women wouldn’t have got in the door in the past.

“Go­ing, ‘I want to make this film about a teenage girl’ wouldn’t have been plau­si­ble.

“But now? This feels like the right time.” ● Lady Bird is re­leased in se­lected UK cin­e­mas to­mor­row and na­tion­wide on Fe­bru­ary 23.

The likes of Brexit and Trump have af­fected all of us and our cre­ativ­ity SAOIRSE RO­NAN

COM­ING OF AGE Ro­nan in Lady Bird. Inset, with the film’s di­rec­tor Greta Ger­wig VER­SA­TILE Ro­nan in Atone­ment, with Emory Co­hen in Brook­lyn and as Mary, Queen of Scots

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