Saoirse Ronan’s soap opera dolls

Actress Saoirse Ronan used to stage “long, intricate” soap operas with her dolls when she was younger.

The 21-year-old’s star is on the rise since she landed an Oscar nomination at the tender age of 13 for her role in Atonement. Her father began his own acting career when he and her mother moved in New York in the ’80s, and Saoirse got caught up in performing from a young age.

“They convinced my dad to audition for a play,” she recalled to W magazine of her dad’s time in the Big Apple. “He did it as a lark, but got the part. I am an only child, and I would disappear into my own world. I staged long, intricate soap operas with my dolls. My father saw that I was drawn to the camera, and I think he felt it took me out of myself.”

With the help of her dad’s agent, Saoirse landed her first acting job aged eight in a TV series called The Clinic. After that came her first film role in 2007 flick I Could Never Be Your Woman, playing the onscreen daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer. However the part was worlds away from what the blonde star was familiar with.

“It could not have been more different than me,” she laughed. “First of all, she had grown up in LA, I’m proud to say that I have never used fake tan and I am very pale. And second, this character, at 12, knew what a blow job was. They had to take me aside and say, ‘We’ll explain blow jobs to you later, but, for now, just say the words like they are something sexy.’ ”

Now she’s gearing up for the release of her latest project, Brooklyn. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January (15) and Saoirse is pleased the tale, which focuses on her character Ellis Lacey moving to New York, went down so well.

“It was a magical few days,” she recalled of the festival. “I’ll admit – I was relieved. When you have faith in something, it’s great to see that other people see what you saw. It’s like sharing a dream.”

– Cover Media