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People in Film | Saoirse Ronan
Posted March 09, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Saoirse Ronan"
Already a favorite of great directors, this young Irish talent has one of film’s most promising careers before her.
© Ronan on the TV show “The Clinic”
Saoirse Ronan | An Un-Hollywood Life
Saoirse Ronan was born in New York City to Irish parents, and has expressed relief that she didn't start acting until “later”––at the age of 8––and managed to enjoy a normal childhood growing up in Ireland. Her father, Paul Ronan, who is an actor in his own right, would sometimes bring his young daughter on set with him. Indeed when he brought her to set on The Devil’s Own, the film’s star Brad Pitt would often play with her. Saoirse, however, told ONTD that she remembered other things, “unimportant things. I remember my dad's friend showing me a little spider in a box that shook its legs, and me getting scared. That, and going to Toys R Us.” For Saoirse––whose name means freedom in Irish––that early experience gave her, as she told Teen Hollywood, the freedom to feel at home making movies later on: “It did help [in that] it didn't completely overwhelm me when I came onto a set to work for the first time, because I kind of knew what certain things were for, and what people did and stuff..” In 2003, at the age of 8, Ronan began her professional career with a small reoccurring part in the Irish TV medical drama “The Clinic,” followed by an on going role in Proof, an Irish miniseries about investigative journalists. In 2007, she landed her first film role in Amy Heckerling’s comedy ICould Never Be Your Woman. But it would be at the ripe age of 13 that she would blossom as a star.