Sunday 23 October 2016

Saoirse Ronan: 'Romance? I'll look for it on the film set, not on Tinder'

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has said she's not into looking for love online - preferring to search for it in real life.

Rather than use apps such as Tinder, the Carlow native said it's more "common" for actors to find romance on set.

The 21-year-old previously dated her How I Live Now co-star George MacKay in 2013.

"No, I'm not on Tinder. I do think technology plays such a big part in relationships now, social media and such," she said.

"I don't know if it's a good thing or not. I've had a different kind of introduction into dating since it's been with people I've known well already.

"I have to say, it's more common for an actor to get in relationships with others you work with because you're friends with them or get to know them [during filming].

"So the dating thing, I'm not as well up on," she added.

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The Academy Award nominee also revealed she's never been on a blind date.

"I've never done the whole, 'Hey stranger, I've never met you before, let's talk to each other for the next two hours'," she said.

Saoirse is on the promo tour for her new film Brooklyn, which is based on the book of the same name by Colm Toibin.

Set in the 1950s, the film follows a young Irish woman who moves from small town Ireland to New York, where she has the opportunity for work and a romance with an Italian-American, Tony (played by Emory Cohen).

Saoirse said she and Emory had to be quite restrained on set, as "people weren't as tactile then".

"It wasn't in the culture to be physical with each other - even if you were just chatting with someone," she told ET online.

"We're quite cuddly now - especially actors - all kisses and hugs.

"The director, John Crowley, had to keep an eye on that with us during filming.

"We couldn't hug each other, we had to be quite restrained.

"It adds a sexual tension - the not touching - so that just the touching of a hand means so much," she added.

The movie has already been courting Oscar buzz and the Irish premiere will take place on October 22.

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