When she is not working, Saoirse loves to shop, participate in sports, play video games, and hang out with her friends and her dog.
Saoirse was only eight years old when she auditioned for The Clinic in Dublin.
Saoirse has blue eyes and light brown hair.
Saoirse has a beautiful singing voice. She sang in the movie I Could Never Be Your Woman and learned to play the guitar. Ronan wishes to learn to play the piano when she enters high school.
Saoirse was ranked No.23 on Entertainment Weekly's "30 Under 30" actress list in 2008.
Her first name, Saoirse, is a common Irish name which means "freedom". Although her name is pronounced as "seer-sha" in traditional Irish, she says it as "sur-shuh". One publicist correctly pointed out that her name rhymes with "inertia".
Saoirse owns a border collie dog named Sassy.
Saoirse's parents are Monica Ronan and actor Paul Ronan.
Ronan's favorite music artists include KT Tunstall, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and Scissor Siters. She tends to buy singles which she likes rather than buying the whole album where she might not like some of the songs.
Saoirse loved to create elaborate scenes using her Toy Story action figures and her Polly Pocket dolls. While her parents watched and listened, she would make up different characters and come up with accents for her dolls. This skill came in useful when she had to conceal her thick Irish accent for her performances on film.
Saoirse has been nominated for several awards in various award-giving bodies for her role in Atonement (2007) including the 2008 Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" and the 2008 Academy Award for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role".
Saoirse: I'd like to be known as an actress who does films that make you think about life and how things are in the world.
Saoirse: If I hadn't doing acting, I like arts. I would've liked to be an artist or maybe a writer. I like to write stories, which I suppose is like scriptwriting really. I prefer the creative stuff to the logical stuff – like maths!
Saoirse: Acting is one of these things that I can't really describe – it's just like, why do you love your mum and dad? You know, you just do.
Saoirse: (on where she goes to school) It's kind of like a private school, but it's not a posh school, if you know what I mean. We don't wear like gold buttons on our uniforms or tiaras or anything like that.
Saoirse: Fame shouldn't really matter... The hair and makeup are fun, but nothing compared to the excitement of making a movie. That's how I feel.
Saoirse: When I did Atonement, I knew I want to do this for the rest of my life, it's kind of like a drug: Once you start, you can't stop.
Saoirse: (on Vanessa Redgrave and Romola Garai following how she acted out the character Briony in "Atonement") Yeah, kind of, I suppose. I mean, I don't know whether I taught Vanessa Redgrave. I don't want to say that. But yeah, I suppose I kind of set Briony up and then they followed me.
Saoirse: This is what I try to do with everything - is just be the person. Be the person I'm playing. That's what acting is. You're pretending to be someone else.
Saoirse: I like books that are exciting and that make you think about things as well. I like things that have a twist – like "Atonement", which I haven't read obviously, as I'm a bit young.
Saoirse: (on acting) I think, until you experience it and until you actually do it, then you don't know that you're interested in it. That's definitely what it was like for me, anyway.
Saoirse: I think that when you're an actress, you have to think about what kind of a role model you're going to be. I hope that I'm a good role model for young girls. I'm not going to, if people still want me in their movies, I don't want to be one of these girls who goes around partying every night and is in rehab. I don't want to do that.