Saturday 22 October 2016

Saoirse Ronan: 'I directed a film aged 9 and was a tyrant'


Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse (20) said it was "a dream come true" to collaborate with the Hollywood star Ryan Gosling

We're used to seeing her in front of the camera but Saoirse Ronan has revealed she was a bit of a tyrant when she directed a film ... at the age of nine.

The Carlow native is currently promoting her new film Lost River, which is Hollywood star Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, and Saoirse says she'd like to follow in his footsteps.

"I'd like to [direct a movie]. I've always wanted to. Of course, I wouldn't just want to step into it and think I just know everything," Saoirse said.

"It was cool with Ryan because I think he was very humble. I think he surrounded himself with great people who he trusts and he's known for a long time and has worked with a lot.

"I would want to do the same thing. I did a film when I was about ninecalled Ed The Baker and I was such a control freak.

"It was about this baker that trashed his own bakery for the insurance money," she added.


Ryan joked in the same interview with movie website, aintitcool.com that he wanted a part in Saoirse's childhood film.

"I auditioned for that. I'm still waiting to hear. I had a really good read," he joked.

"We're going to see where it goes...I'll get back to you. I'll tweet you," Ronan quipped. The pair have had quite the 'love-in' on their promotional tour for Lost River with Saoirse (20) saying that it was "a dream come true" to collaborate with the Hollywood star.

The movie follows single mother Billy (played by Christina Hendricks) as she is "swept into a dark underworld" while her teenage son, Bones, discovers a secret underwater town.


Ryan was previously supposed to play Saoirse Ronan's father in The Lovely Bones but was dropped before production started as the director Peter Jackson thought he had put on too much weight for the role.

"We have wanted to work together since we were meant to have starred in The Lovely Bones and I sort of wrote Lost River with her in mind," Gosling explained.

Meanwhile, the young actress recently revealed she has found it tough to secure good movie roles as she's gotten older.

"You're sort of somewhere in between that coming-of-age girl and a young woman and if you've started out quite young it's kind of hard to prove to everyone, 'Look, I'm not 13 anymore'," she said.

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