Saoirse Ronan is opening up about the realities of achieving success at such a young age, after stepping in to the spotlight at just nine years old with her role on The Clinic, and reaching Hollywood fame just a few years later, receiving her first Oscar nomination at just 13-years-old.
Opening up on The Ryan Tubridy Show, the now 28-year-old actress confessed that while she had a great childhood, there are a lot of things she missed out on.
Joking: “I mean I have been to Longitude so I don’t feel like I missed out on that. I go to all the festivals sure!”
Before explaining: “I do feel like there are things I have missed out on but to be honest you’re always going to feel like you have missed out on something. Especially, when I was a teenager that I wish I could have been part of more socially because it’s such a formative and independent time.”
“I think being part of younger people’s social circles, I wasn’t really around that as much,”
But the Carlow native also appreciated everything she was able to learn from working with industry professionals at such a young age.
Saying: “But, event though I wasn’t necessarily around a bunch of people my own age – from say 15-18 – I was working with people who were older, who were free in their expression.”
“I really learned a lot from them. It wasn’t like I was training to be a doctor… I was in a playgroup essentially.”
Overall, Saoirse emphasised how she has no regrets.
Explaining: “There’s always going to be things that you feel you’ve missed out on but whatever price you have to pay for doing something that you really love, and you really feel free doing, then I ultimately think that it’s worth it,”