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Saturday 16 December 2017

Saoirse's 'dream job' with Gosling

Saoirse Ronan and Ryan Gosling have teamed up on a new movie and the pair admit they have wanted to work together for years.

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

However, the Irish actress has gone on to star in Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, which is a magical-realist film that 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.

While the movie has panned with critics and will only receive a limited cinema release as a result, the pair admit they relished having the opportunity to work together.

"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.

The cast are currently attending the SxSW festival in Texas where Lost River screened earlier this week.

The movie also stars Eva Mendes, Gosling's girlfriend and mother to his daughter, Esmerelda, and Doctor Who star Matt Smith. Saorise revealed that Gosling was a very supportive director.

"I think we were all very much encouraged by Ryan to find our own meaning for the story and for the characters we played as well," she said.

"A big part of the prep for us was to incorporate our own sort of personality and character into the role.

"Then that sort of influenced the relationships we had within the story and determined what path we all took.

"That could change from day to day so we really had to be on our toes," she added.

The Carlow native also revealed that she bonded with her character's pet rat, Nick, during filming.

"I love Nick so much. Rats are incredibly smart which I didn't realise going into it but I really fell in love with Nick," she admitted.

"It got to the stage where we would kiss each other on the lips when nobody was watching or when they were watching, we didn't really care.

"He'd just stay in my pocket sometimes as well," she added.

The 20-year-old actress will attend the film's Irish premiere as part of the Jameson Dublin Film Festival, which launches this evening.

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