She’s one of the frontrunners for the Best Actress Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards and is an industry favorite, but who is Saoirse Ronan? Did you realize this was her second Oscar nomination? Click here to read some more fun facts about the American-Irish actress.
It’s hard to believe that Saoirse Ronan is only 21-years-old, because she has already achieved so much in her acting career. The American-Irish actress is nominated at the 88th Academy Awards for her role in Brooklyn which she absolutely kills it in! Here are some fun tidbits about the star you may not know.
1. Her most noted role Brooklyn really does hit home for her.
Starring in Brooklyn was almost like Saoirse’s calling in life. However, her life story was the reverse of the movie. She was born in the Bronx to Irish parents Monica and Paul Ronan and later raised in Ireland in County Carlow, then Howth, County Dublin.
2. She came to light because of an Oscar-nominated movie.
At the tender age of 12, Saoirse auditioned for a role in Atonement — a movie that would change her life forever and make her one of the most sought-after young actresses in Hollywood. She was nominated for playing the role of Briony Tallis for a Academy Award, Bafta and a Golden Globe all in the Best Supporting Actress category.
3. If life was different, she could’ve been in a Harry Potter movie.
When Saoirse was relatively unknown, with just a couple of TV credits to her name on Irish TV called The Clinic and Proof, she auditioned to play the role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. However, she lost out to Evanna Lynch in the end. Probably for the best!
4. She’s an award-winner!
While she hasn’t won an Oscar yet, elegant Saoirse has been recognized for her work with a Critics Choice Award. She won Best Actress at the ceremony for role in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.
5. How do you say her name?
Saoirse cleared this one up for herself when she appeared on Ellen back in early Jan. She told the host, “Seer-sha’ is how Irish people pronounce my first name, but I would pronounce it ‘Sir-sha,’ like ‘inertia.’ It’s Irish for ‘freedom.'”
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