Actress Saoirse Ronan just confirmed what we have all been saying for years: the Irish Goodbye is not a real thing!
"Ladybird" star Ronan features in the latest installment of Vogue's popular "73 Question with..." video series. On the agenda, of course, were all things Irish.
When asked by interviewer Joe Sabia about the biggest misconception about the Irish, Ronan let him in on a little secret.
“The Irish goodbyes are not real, it’s not a real thing! It’s not a real thing America, ok?" she said.
The Carlow native also covers the fashion bible's latest edition, and made some nuanced remarks about the country she is "proud" to call herself a part of.
The 24-year-old thesp was interviewed in the lead-up to a very politically charged time. Keen to speak her mind, Ronan said that the marriage and abortion referendums have helped Ireland "move into a new stage".
When asked if she felt worried about vocally supporting the pro-choice side, Ronan said, “I just felt like that wasn’t important. I know people who had to travel abroad in order to get an abortion, and that’s when I knew I would speak out.”
Upon receiving the news of a landslide vote to repeal the eighth amendment, Ronan said she was "so proud" to "see family and friends, and people I wouldn’t have expected to vote yes, choose to give Irishwomen their rights.”
The three-time Oscar nominated actress added that while she didn't grow up "politically minded" the outcome marriage referendum in 2015 was a turning point for Ireland, and spurred her to lend her activism when she could.
Saoirse Ronan had her first acting job at age 9 and earned her first Oscar nomination at 13. Now, at 24, she's grown protective toward "young" people in her industry—people like “Timmy,” the actor Timothée Chalamet, the star of Call Me by Your Name, who also appeared in Lady Bird and is roughly one year her junior. It’s not just that she sees herself as an industry veteran. “I’ve never felt young.” Tap the link in our bio for more from our August cover star on growing up on camera, the changing politics of Ireland, and becoming a queen. Photographed by @jamie.hawkesworth, styled by #CamillaNickerson, Vogue, August 2018.
"It felt as though we had moved into a new stage. It was like we had woken up," she says of that similarly-historic Yes vote.
Speaking to author Sally Rooney, Ronan also divulged details about how her career has impacted her personal life.
“It’s something that has been a very stable, consistent thing in my life. The camera has been the thing that has stuck around the longest," she said.
“Of course when you’re a teenager you want to belong to something. For me that was being on a film set, so I worked a lot.”
Speaking about how she has managed to keep her private matters shielded from the prying eyes of the media, she added,
“I think people know not to ask me certain things. They’re not going to know who I’m going out with or where I live. They’re not going to know much about my family.”
“When I’m working, I can’t really do anything else,” she added. “I can’t go out, I can’t meet up with anyone, I don’t read anything.”
“Someone said to me, ‘You’re monogamous when it comes to your work,’ and it’s so true,” she laughed. “You can only commit to one thing at a time.”