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Saoirse Ronan admits she loved wearing 1950s clothes for Brooklyn: “They encouraged curves”

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Saoirse as Eilis in Brooklyn
Saoirse as Eilis in Brooklyn

Saoirse Ronan has admitted she loved wearing 1950s-style costume for new movie ‘Brooklyn‘, as it was a throwback to a time when women were celebrated for having a curvier figure.

The 21-year-old, who plays young Irish migrant Eilis Lacey who travels to New York in the Oscar-tipped flick, said she was delighted to be wearing clothes that came from such a different era.

“The 50s outfits were so womanly, and it encouraged women – as opposed to now, it encouraged women to have the curves and a bum and boobs and all that stuff,” she said

“Girls are so strongly encouraged to be almost waif-like now, and not have any shape at all.”

Saoirse & Domhnall Gleeson star alongside one another
Saoirse & Domhnall Gleeson star alongside one another

The Atonement star also opened up on how she resonated with her role, as she is Irish-American herself and had recently moved out before she began filming.

Saoirse was born in NYC but moved back to Ireland with her family when she was three years old. She moved to London at the beginning of last year, and later revealed she suffered serious homesickness.

Ahead of the European premiere in London’s Leicester Square, she explained: “I really do feel the weight that you experience, the heaviness that you experience when you’re homesick. I’m leaving home for the first time, and haven’t quite settled anywhere, and you’re sort of floating between these two different places, and you can’t quite go back to where you’re from – but you’re not quite settled in this place that you’re moving towards either.

“There is definitely that sense of loss and vulnerability, and you don’t really know when that’s going to be lifted.”

The beauty relates to her latest role
The beauty relates to her latest role

She added: “Ireland offers me what it offers Eilis: that sense of home, and childhood and security, that no where else will ever offer me. But New York is very much the place I want to be when I’m young.”

Brooklyn, which is directed by John Crowley, is Nick Hornby’s adaptation of the award-winning novel by Irish author Colm Toibin. It will be in Irish cinemas next month.

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