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No love scenes for me, vows teen star Saoirse

SHE'S maturing into one of Hollywood's hottest young properties -- but don't expect teen Irish star Saoirse Ronan to grow up too quickly.

The Lovely Bones and Atonement actress has no plans to shed her clean-cut image by shooting a love scene.

And the 17-year-old, who is starring in Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's new movie The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn argues that risque roles are very rarely necessary.

Speaking to the Herald, the Oscar-nominated actress admitted that when choosing her roles she was always very conscious that some scenes were just added to make things edgy.

"I'd definitely be cautious about it," said the Carlow teenager.

"A lot of it is unnecessary. I do read a lot of scripts where it's just put in there for the sake of it, really, to make things more edgy when it doesn't need to be.

"For me it's always about the story. It has to benefit the story in some way and if it doesn't then I think there's no need to do it," she said.

But one thing Saoirse will be embracing is her fashion sense. The Irish star has been tipped to become the face of a new fashion range in the next year, after wearing a range of Burberry dresses at red carpet events last year.

Although she remained tight-lipped about any future fashion campaigns, Saoirse admitted she was making great contacts in the fashion industry.

"I would only be a style icon because of my stylist Grace Moore. She's Irish and she helps me with everything. But I do really love fashion and I'm definitely getting more interested in it as I get older. I'm developing relationships with designers as well," she explained.

The Hanna star made the comments while hosting the Irish premiere of the Tintin movie. Saoirse introduced special guests on Sunday evening at the Savoy cinema on O'Connell Street.

The actress, who previously worked with Jackson on The Lovely Bones, revealed that she speaks to the famous director all the time. "I'm here mainly because I've worked with Pete before and he asked me to open it. I'm still in touch with him all the time. I was only talking to him today and I told him I was coming out for the premiere and he was pretty happy about it," she said.

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