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Friday 28 July 2017

Saoirse takes break from awards season to chill out with a coffee

Saoirse Ronan out and about in Dublin city centre
Saoirse Ronan out and about in Dublin city centre

Saoirse Ronan took some time out from the hectic awards season for a coffee and a catch-up on Dublin's Talbot Street.

The actress is taking a back seat from the red carpet after a string of Best Actress nominations for Brooklyn last year.

She was spotted lunching on artisan sandwiches and designer coffee with friends and her mum, Monica, in hip new Dublin city centre coffee shop Laine My Love, where she stayed for hours chatting.

"She looked very normal and wasn't drawing any attention to being there," an insider told the Herald.

"She seemed very nice and was happy to pose for photos with fans but was very much there to enjoy some downtime."

Jeans

The star dressed casually in black jeans, boots and an emerald-green fleece.

At just 22 and with two Oscar nominations under her belt, Saoirse is undoubtedly one of the most promising actresses of her generation but still knows the importance of what drives her - and it isn't being a celebrity.

Her mum, and dad Paul, who's also an actor, trained her to be pragmatic when she decided to pursue a career in acting so young (she was nominated for her first Oscar for Atonement at 13).

"Ma watched Dad lose out on parts or star in shows off-off-Broadway and make buttons," she told Time magazine last year.

"She watched these really talented people never get the shot they deserved, so they prepared me to be realistic. That's good, because the moment fame becomes a priority, you should give it up."

The Carlow-born actress insists she needs strong and intelligent roles to keep her satisfied.

"It's important for me to play intelligent women, because I think in art, you have a responsibility to portray real life," she said.

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