FAME CAN DIS­TRACT­ING: SAOIRSE RO­NAN

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE -

Ir­ish ac­tor Saoirse Ro­nan says it can be dis­tract­ing when you get “more recog­nis­able”. The 24-year-old — who won a nom­i­na­tion at this year’s Academy Awards for her role in the Amer­i­can com­edy-drama, Lady Bird (2017) — has re­cently emerged as one of the most in-de­mand young stars in Hol­ly­wood, but Ro­nan says she is de­ter­mined to stay grounded. She doesn’t want fame to dis­tract her from her work.

“I can see how it can be dis­tract­ing, es­pe­cially when you do get a bit more recog­nis­able, and maybe you are sort of in the pub­lic eye a little bit more and stuff,” she told on­line en­ter­tain­ment news por­tal ITV.

“But if you’re aware of why it is you’re do­ing this — it should be be­cause you love it — it keeps you quite lev­el­headed,” she added.

De­spite the suc­cess Ro­nan has en­joyed, she of­ten goes about her day-to-day life un­no­ticed. She said a large num­ber of peo­ple still don’t re­alise that she is Ir­ish.

“You know, most peo­ple still don’t know that I’m Ir­ish. I have a lot of peo­ple com­ing up to me in Ire­land lately, when I’ve been home, and friends of mine who ap­par­ently love me say that my voice is very, very loud and it trav­els across time and space... I was in a su­per­mar­ket the other day and some­one was like, ‘Is it you, is it your­self?’ I was like, “Who do you think I am?” [The per­son said] ‘Are you Saoirse? I didn’t know it was you by look­ing at you, but I heard your voice.’ So it tends to be the voice...”

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

Saoirse Ro­nan has pre­vi­ously been nom­i­nated at the Os­cars for Best Ac­tress for Brook­lyn (2015), and Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress for Atone­ment (2007) at the age of 13

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