VARIETY: In the latest installment of Variety‘s Contenders Conversations, “Brooklyn” star Saoirse Ronan discusses how her own Irish-American journey is reflected in the movie, and director John Crowley and writer Nick Hornby reveal the film’s biggest challenges.
The talented actress chatted with Ellen about everything from her unique name to her favorite Dublin nail salon.
The Los Angeles Times: As a young Irish immigrant arriving in the U.S. in the 1950s, Saoirse Ronan carries the weight of the Oscar-contending film “Brooklyn” squarely on her 21-year-old shoulders. But that was the easy part of making the film about growing up and coming into your own as a young person.
The harder part was experiencing all those things in real life right along with your character.
”I couldn’t get my head out of the fact that I was feeling all these things every day that this person felt, you know? It takes your head a second to manage all of those emotions. I felt completely out of my depth for the first little while,” Ronan recently told The Times.
We’ll ask her about identifying with her character and more when the actress stops by our studio on Wednesday for a live video chat at noon PT, which you can watch by clicking back here. (We have conversations with lots of other actors and directors as well). And you can ask questions too by leaving them in the comments section below or tweet us at #askLATimes.