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Saoirse Ronan on ‘Brooklyn,’ Feminism, and Her Brush With New York’s Escaped Convicts

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On her character in Brooklyn and feminism:
"To see a character like her, set in that time and not have it be solely about the men that are in her life, that’s quite feminist in itself. Actually, all the women in this film are very independent and strong. I think feminism couldn’t flourish then as much as it does now. In a way, it’s become sort of unpopular now for us to be treated as equal citizens. Some people treat feminism as taboo--and if they shave their arm pits then they’re not feminist. To me, feminism is just that we’re equal to men."


"Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the African author who wrote “We Should All Be Feminists”--and Beyoncé quoted her TedTalk in “Flawless”--this is the thing that I hope will change--and certainly in our industry it is a bit already--that the competition between women isn’t becoming so much about men anymore. That we are trying to support each other more, that we’re trying to stick by each other instead of being against each other. It’s about thinking in a different way."

On her upcoming productions Anton Chekov’s The Seagull, adapted for the screen, and a film about Vincent Van Gogh:
"The Van Gogh story is more experimental. They’re getting painters in to hand-paint every frame in the film. I was based on a portrait of a woman he painted at a piano. They suspect she had a relationship with Van Gogh before he was killed, or killed himself, who knows. Visually, it’s going to look so different. And Chekov, we only finished a month-and-a-half ago. We shot in Monroe [New York]. It’s really pretty, but you know those two convicts that went missing? They were found in Monroe. An Amber Alert went off on my phone the first night I was there on my own. It was very exciting, thought I was going to get murdered every day."

Her favorite movies this year:
"I loved Inside Out so much. It was so beautiful, really was so amazing. Trainwreck was great, and Spy was great too."


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