Saoirse Ronan sobbed at Lady Bird

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 February 2018
Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan "sobbed hysterically" when she watched 'Lady Bird' for the first time because it resonated so much with her

Saoirse Ronan "sobbed hysterically" when she watched 'Lady Bird' for the first time.

The 23-year-old actress was "so nervous" about seeing her leading role in the coming-of-age drama and she thinks director Greta Gerwig has made a "beautiful" movie.

She said: "I watched the film for the first time with my best friend in October. We had a couple of glasses of white wine before we went in because I was so nervous, but we had our arms wrapped around each other.

"Even though I knew what was going to happen in the film, I was laughing one moment and sobbing hysterically the next. It's about the beautiful struggle of being a teenager, growing and changing and getting to know yourself, and having the realisation that relationships change."

And Saoirse admitted she identifies a lot with her titular character in the film.

Speaking to the director in conversation for the Sunday Times, she said: "I identify with a lot in 'Lady Bird'. The great thing about how you've written the character is that she doesn't know how great or special she is. And there's a huge sense of the importance of belonging, belonging to a place, a time in your life."

The award-winning actress admitted it was unusual for her to enjoy the finished film so much because she normally works on a project to hang out with "brilliant" people.

She said: "The crew are the people I want to hang out with when I'm working, and that's why, usually, I actually don't get anything out of watching the final cut of a film. Most of the time, as cheesy as it sounds, I'm not doing a movie for that, I'm doing it because I get to work with these brilliant people. I think there's definitely an Irish thing in my head that tells me not to take up all the oxygen in the room, too."

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