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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'I'm terrified about making Broadway debut', says Saoirse

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saoirse ronan
saoirse ronan

SAOIRSE Ronan may be an acclaimed actress with Oscar and Bafta nominations under her belt, but she is "terrified" about appearing on Broadway.

The 21-year-old Irish star will take to the stage next spring as Abigail in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible.

"It's The Crucible - no pressure!" she told Pat Kenny on Newstalk. "It's terrifying. No pressure at all playing Abigail. I'm terrified.

"A journalist asked me when I was away, had I started thinking about The Crucible, and I haven't thought about anything else but the play for the last year-and-a-half.

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"It's completely new territory for me. I didn't ever train. I've never done a play before, apart from playing a tree in a school play when I was six. I felt like I did a good job."

The Crucible is based on the Salem Witch Trials in the US in the 17th Century. It was adapted into a 1996 film starring Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder, who played Abigail.

Saoirse, who was born to Dublin parents in New York and raised in Carlow, is planning a move to the Big Apple in January. She currently lives in Ireland.

saoirse ronan
saoirse ronan

"I'll have gone full circle by the time January comes," she said.

After the move, she plans to divide her time between the two.

"I've realised working there over the summer how well Ireland and New York complement each other. There are so many of us over there. You can celebrate where you come from, no matter where that may be," she said.

Commenting on her Dublin accent, she said "it has gotten stronger since I've gone away" and she would never change it.

Although she has gone from playing a child in big break Atonement to more mature roles, she said the transition "wasn't seamless, it didn't feel that way".

"I was so lucky I got to do great things over the last few years - Grand Budapest Hotel and all that - but I really felt from the ages of 18, 19 to 21, 22 that executives and producers and studios and whoever else don't really know what to do with girls who are that age.

"It's a middle ground. You can't do coming-of-age any more, you can't do high school dramas, but you're still not 'woman' enough in their eyes, so it's hard to find roles and play decent characters.

"I don't understand why more stories aren't written around guys and girls that age," she said. "You're not a child any more, you're adapting to be an adult, and you don't know what the hell you're doing, where you stand, in relation to people."

Saoirse's latest starring role is in drama Brooklyn, based on Colm Toibin's novel of the same name, which is in cinemas now.

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