Saoirse Ronan says her mother protected her from abuse in Hollywood

Saoirse Ronan has said she never became a ‘victim’ to abuse in Hollywood because her mother protected her.

Ronan received an Oscar nomination at just 13 for her supporting role in Atonement.

She subsequently starred in a number of blockbusters including Brooklyn and Ladybird, both of which she received Best Actress Oscar nominations for.

Ronan’s next starring role is Mary Queen of Scots, alongside Margot Robbie, which hits Irish cinemas on January 18.

Saoirse Ronan

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, the 24-year-old said: “I don’t know what would have happened if she hadn’t been around.”

She added: “I wasn’t unaware that there were people in the industry who abused their power. I didn’t leave home at 19 all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – I hadn’t been wrapped in cotton wool – but I had been protected.”

Ronan described her mother as an integral part of her life, adding that she “was always with me” when she was working as a child.

She also discussed the Irish border issue, describing it as a “feckin’ mess”.

Ronan also expressed her fear that it could open up old divisions.

Discussing her friend, actress Eileen O’Higgins, who grew up in County Down during the Troubles, Ronan said: “No matter what side you’re on in the North, nobody wants to go back to that.”

Ronan also revealed her wish to go into directing at some stage. “I’ve always wanted to do it…I was more drawn to that as a kid than I was to acting.”


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