Saoirse Ronan And Her Very Cultural Life

The Brooklyn star reveals the music, film and TV that shapes her

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Saoirse Ronan is a star. At 21 she's already had a career most of Hollywood would happily retire on. And yet she's only just getting started, this month she stars in Brooklyn - a gorgeous love story about a young woman called Eilis who immigrates from Ireland to New York in the 1950s.

Naturally Saoirse (pronounced sir-sha in case you were struggling) shines.

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Here she tells us about her very cultural life - and yes, it involves the X-Factor. 

The film of 2015…

‘I am very drawn to films about friendships between women, I saw ‘Miss You Already’ a few weeks ago, and I just thought Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore were so amazing together. It was lovely to see female relationships on screen that aren’t catty or anything like that. There’s a bond there with each other and they help each other, and that’s exciting.’

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A book to read…

‘I’m doing the ‘Crucible’ in January so that will be my bible for the next eight months. But I just finished ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou, and it was incredible.’

The TV show to get hooked on...

‘I’m watching Peaky Blinders – love that. Cillian is the best. So is Helen McCrory. I also love Veep, I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And Homeland - the new series started and I’ve recorded them at home. That and the XFactor. So there’s a lot to catch up on.’

An album to play on repeat…

‘I always buy the new Beach House album when they come out, because I they’re great. The Weeknd’s quite exciting. And Gabriella Aplin, she’s always great.’

And the theatre to see…

‘I saw Borstal Boy at the start of the year, with a great Irish actor called Peter Coonan, who was amazing and it blew me away. And I saw Hamilton in New York last week and it’s so good. As soon as you watch it you want to watch it again straight away.’

Brooklyn is in cinemas Novemeber 4.

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