Awards season has just begun and Saoirse Ronan, star of the acclaimed Brooklyn is, as expected, all over the place.
Saoirse was in London on Sunday night to collect a big honor, Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards. The competition was tough to say the least: Oscar winner Marion Cotillard for Macbeth, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, Carey Mulligan for Suffragette, and Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years.
Saoirse rose to the top thanks to her mesmerizing performance as an Irish immigrant girl in 1950s New York torn between two lives and loves, but the 21-year-old is nonplussed by her soaring fame and isn’t too interested in talking about the Big O – Oscar – just yet.
What will she wear to the mother of all awards ceremonies next year? "No, shush. No, I don't ... I haven't thought about any of that stuff,” Saoirse said.
Is she dieting or contemplating a change in her natural look in anticipation of walking the most famous red carpet of all? "No not at all. I've got a great group around me that are very supportive. I don't think about any of that. I love my grub,” she replied.
Saoirse, born to Irish parents in New York and raised in Co. Carlow, told reporters that nailing her role in Brooklyn was critical.
"It's really important to represent home for me. I think we've got a nation of really terrific storytellers, we always have done, and that's kind of our culture and our roots,” she said.
Last week marked another huge step towards the Oscars when Ronan was tabbed as Best Actress by the hugely influential New York Film Critics Circle. She’ll be in the city on January 4 to collect her honor.
The Hollywood trade paper Variety says Saoirse is a sure thing to collect her second Academy Award nod, her first coming for Atonement in 2007 when she was only 13.
“The best actress Oscar race is Ronan vs. Brie Larson by anyone’s gauge at this point, and this is some major wind in the former’s sails,” Variety wrote of the New York win for Saoirse. Larson stars in Room, the film based on the award-winning book by Irish novelist Emma Donoghue.