SOFT-SPOKEN AND UTTERLY unassuming, Saoirse Ronan appears to have effortlessly cracked an industry infamous for chewing people up and spitting them out.
However, given the competitive nature of the Hollywood machine, it’s perhaps no real surprise to learn that the critically-acclaimed actress boasted a steely determination throughout childhood.
During a recent interview with AnOther magazine as reported by the Evening Standard, the Golden Globe winner admitted that she was particularly driven in school, especially if she felt there was an unfair bias towards the boys in her class.
From being a kid I’ve always been, ‘Well if a boy can do it I can do it’. When I was a kid, I’d play Gaelic football on the boys’ team. I was like, ‘I can do it if they can!’
And – no prizes for guessing – Saoirse adopted a similar approach to school productions.
“I went to a tiny country school, 50 kids in the whole school,” the 24-year-old explained as she recalled the selection process.
“There were so few children that everyone got a part — sometimes kids got two parts because there were more parts than pupils.
The play was the highlight of the year for me, I loved it. I used to get the script, highlight my lines and count all of them to check I was in the top five — ‘OK, I’ve got 40 lines, that’s pretty good going’.
Saoirse came to public prominence in 2007, at the age of the 13, for her role in Atonement.
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