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Saturday 18 August 2018

Saoirse hopes to work with director Lenny

Saoirse Ronan in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, during filming of the film Brooklyn
Saoirse Ronan in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, during filming of the film Brooklyn

As the darling of Hollywood, Saoirse Ronan has her pick of Hollywood directors to choose from, but when it comes to choosing her dream director to work with, her heart remains close to home.

"I would love to work with Lenny Abrahamson, he's an Irish director. He just did Frank and he's made some of the best Irish films, including my favourite, Adam & Paul. I like it when Irish filmmakers' work is unrelated to Ireland," she said.

motivated

And the star of Atonement (20), which earned her an Oscar nomination, said that she has never been motivated by money when it comes to picking her next project.

"The story always comes first - it's paramount," she added. "A lot of actresses who I've worked with have said that this is a tricky age - you can't quite do the coming-of-age roles anymore, or maybe you don't want to, and nobody has seen you as a young woman yet.

"I've done a couple of biggish movies, but it was never down to exposure or money. I remember there was a toss-up between a big action film and Atonement, but I knew what I wanted to do. People make different decisions regarding their work, for different reasons. I keep it as simple as I can."

She said her next movie is a "tiny film" called Stockholm, Pennsylvania, which was written and directed by Nikole Beckwith and co-starring Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon as her mum.

Telling the story of an abducted girl, Leia, coming to terms with life after being rescued, it was shot in just 19 days on a budget of a mere $1m.

break

Hard-working Saoirse had just a week-long break before moving on to start work on Brooklyn.

Based on a book by Colm Tóibín with the screenplay written by Nick Hornby, it's set in the 1950s and follows an immigrant's journey to New York to start a new life.

"I've never been so affected by a film before. It's a gorgeous and very simple take on life," she continued.

mfinn@herald.ie

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