Saoirse Ronan: Sex scenes aren’t scary

Actress Saoirse Ronan doesn’t feel awkward filming sex scenes.

The movie star was born in New York before she relocated to Ireland with her Irish parents as a tot. She’s found success in Hollywood with movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Hanna and her latest role is Eilis in Brooklyn, a romantic drama about an Irish immigrant in ’50s New York. She has a sex scene in the flick with up-and-coming star Emory Cohen, but didn’t experience any of the nerves other stars talk about.

“I’ve never found sex scenes awkward,” she told People magazine. “With kissing you can do whatever, but sex scenes have to be choreographed—like, what do I do with my hands? Do I take his shirt off? It’s very technical.”

Brooklyn also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Waters, and is penned by About a Boy author Nick Hornby.

“I felt a responsibility to represent everyone’s story,” Saoirse said of revisiting her Irish roots. “It’s not just an Irish story. It’s about anyone who has left home.

“(The best thing about being Irish is) our sense of humour is so specific. Nobody else quite gets it like us.”

As well as her dalliances with Emory, Saoirse’s Eilis also flirts with fellow Irishman Domhnall. When asked which leading man she would chose in real life, the 21-year-old suddenly went coy.

“You know I can’t answer that,” she giggled. “Listen, there are two things on offer there: We’ve got a ginger on the one hand and then we’ve got a dark brooding Brando type on the other. They’re different dudes but they’re great. It’s really interesting too; they work in really different ways. I don’t know who I’d choose, they’re both terrific.”

– Cover Media