14 Things to Know About Actress Saoirse Ronan

by Shanee Edwards
Jan 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET

This Irish-American actress has stolen our hearts with powerhouse roles. You may remember her breakout part in The Lovely Bones, or you might recognize her from her work in The Host, The Way Back, and now, her Golden Globe-winning performance in Greta Gerwig's critical darling, Lady Bird, which is already making its mark on the 2018 awards show season.

But Ronan is so much more than an up-and-coming actress with a handful of awards nominations (and her first win!) under her belt. She's got a lot going on these days, and you can bet you're going to be hearing more about her (and that means you'd better brush up on correctly pronouncing her name, because people are going to be talking about her). As Ronan is becoming a household name, you might want to brush up on some fun facts to share about her to impress your friends and co-workers. Here are some things you may not have known about Ronan.

1 /14: Golden Globe Winner in 2018

1/14 :Golden Globe Winner in 2018

Ronan won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role in Lady Bird, a coming-of-age indie flick about a high school senior (Ronan) and her contentious relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf). Lady Bird got a standing ovation when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it's a favorite during this year's awards season.

2 /14: Part of Time's Up for women's rights

2/14 :Part of Time's Up for women's rights

At the Golden Globes, she supported Time's Up by wearing black, alongside her Lady Bird co-stars Timothee Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf and Greta Gerwig. The movement was inspired by 2017's flood of sexual assault and harassment allegations in Hollywood, and almost everyone attending the 2018 Golden Globes wore black to support safe, equal treatment for women in the entertainment industry.

3 /14: Gorgeous at the 2016 Oscars

3/14 :Gorgeous at the 2016 Oscars

When Ronan attended the 2016 Academy Awards, her sparkling green dress was custom made by Calvin Klein and green to honor Ireland, where she's lived since she was a toddler. She was nominated for best actress for her role in Brooklyn, but lost out to Brie Larson.

4 /14: Nominated in 2008

4/14 :Nominated in 2008

Ronan nabbed her first nomination for an Academy Award all the way back in 2008, when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Atonement. Ultimately, Tilda Swinton took home the award, and Ronan left empty-handed that year.

5 /14: Seventh youngest female to be nominated

5/14 :Seventh youngest female to be nominated

At just 13, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Atonement, making her the seventh youngest actress ever to be nominated for the award. The youngest ever was Tatum O'Neal, who won an Academy Award at just 10 years old — and has held the record for youngest winner for 43 years.

6 /14: How do you even pronounce her name?

6/14 :How do you even pronounce her name?

Ronan's parents gave her a very Irish name to go with her very Irish heritage — Saoirse means "freedom" in Gaelic. When Ronan hosted Saturday Night Live in 2017, she joked about how difficult the name is to pronounce, and revealed that her parents actually made a typo in its Gaelic spelling, further complicating things. While people have tried pronouncing it "Cersei," "Sushi," and even "Sore Cheese," the correct pronounciation is "Sur-Sha."

7 /14: Was born in the Bronx

7/14 :Was born in the Bronx

Ronan was born in 1994 in the Bronx, New York City. Both of her parents had immigrated to the U.S. from Dublin Ireland, and when she was three, they decided to move back. They settled in County Carlow, in Southeast Ireland, where Ronan spent much of her childhood.

8 /14: Supports same-sex marriage

8/14 :Supports same-sex marriage

Ronan has long been a proponent for marriage equality. In 2015, she was an outspoken supporter of the Marriage Equality Referendum to ammend the Irish constitution, saying in interviews that she was "honored" that her first vote would be in favor of the referendum. It passed, allowing marriage equality in Ronan's home country.

9 /14: Won an award, kicked off shoes

9/14 :Won an award, kicked off shoes

In 2010, at just 15, Ronan won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress for her role in The Lovely Bones. Then she made headlines for kicking off her uncomfortable high-heeled shoes, going barefoot for the rest of the night.

10 /14: Was cast from an audition tape

10/14 :Was cast from an audition tape

If this isn't testament to Ronan's raw talent, nothing is. When she landed her 2007 role in Atonement, Ronan was cast based on nothing but an audition tape she made with her father. Director Peter Jackson didn't even meet her in person before handing her the role.

11 /14: Has dual citizenship

11/14 :Has dual citizenship

Ronan has lived full time in New York City since 2016, but she has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland. Her first home was actually one she purchased in 2013 in Howth, Ireland, a small fishing village where she lived during her teenage years. Soon after, though, she decided she needed to live stateside to pursue her acting career.

12 /14: Considered for 'Cinderella'

12/14 :Considered for 'Cinderella'

When Disney was casting its live-action remake of Cinderella, there were rumors flying that Ronan was in talks for the role. She denied the rumors, and the role ended up going to Lily James, known for Downton Abbey.

13 /14: First choice for 'Scarlet Witch'

13/14 :First choice for 'Scarlet Witch'

Reports have said that Ronan was Joss Whedon's top pick for the role of Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch, in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, she reportedly turned down the role, which then went to Elizabeth Olsen.

14 /14: Her Broadway debut

14/14 :Her Broadway debut

In March of 2016, Ronan made her stage debut on Broadway in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. She played Abigail Williams for a limited run of the show.