New York, County Carlow actor starring in "Mary Queen of Scots" talks to the style bible about having a real “protector” and what’s important in her life.
Saoirse Ronan just took another giant leap to fame as the cover story in the August edition of Vogue.
She remembers only one “Me Too” potential moment in her life--one her mother saved her from she tells the magazine. .
It happened when a director once forced her to do an especially sensitive scene “taking advantage of Ronan’s youth and willingness to please,” as Vogue notes.
“My mam walked onto the set,” she remembers.
“She said, ‘You’re not doing that again unless we map out exactly when this is going to stop.’ I was very lucky that I had a proper protector with me.”
Interviewed in Ireland before her next role as Mary Queen of Scots Ronan spoke about how delighted she was that the recent abortion referendum passed She played a highly visible role in supporting passage of the law.
Saoirse Ronan by Jamie Hawkesworth for Vogue Magazine, August 2018 Issue pic.twitter.com/Cn6x1W1I03— Saoirse-Ronan.com (@saoirseronancom) July 11, 2018
Was she worried that working on the pro-abortion side of the issue would damage her credibility?
“I just felt like that wasn’t important,” she says.
“I know people who had to travel abroad in order to get an abortion, and that’s when I knew I would speak out.”
After the referendum, Ronan describes the elation she felt as the results were coming in. She was “so proud,” she says, “to see family and friends, and people I wouldn’t have expected to vote yes, choose to give Irishwomen their rights.”
As to her future, Ronan sees political activism playing a major role.
“I wouldn’t say I grew up politically minded,” she said, “but the older I get, the more in touch I am with what activists are doing—and the more I want to help them.”
She loves spending time in rural Ireland.
“That never leaves you, where she grew up.
“I feel most at home and at peace when I’m in the country. Though I like being in London too,” she adds.
“There’s an anonymity. You can disappear into the human flow.”
She confesses she never reads about herself.
“If you’re not aware of how often you’re in a newspaper, then it’s like it’s not really happening,” she says.
She told Vogue she prefers to cook, hear live music, or go to the movies.
“I just get so anxious whenever I watch anything that I’m in.
“I’m fine with the way I look now,” she responds carefully. “But I wouldn’t necessarily be looking at photographs of myself all day. I don’t want to become too consumed by the image of myself.”
Saoirse Ronan for Vogue Magazine pic.twitter.com/Qb5c9goMm8— best of Saoirse Ronan (@saorse_ronan) July 11, 2018