About the lead actress, she was born in the U.S. and her family moved to Ireland when she was three. She's in her early 20s and, reportedly, has lived in Manhattan for about one year. BROOKLYN brought Saoirse her second Oscar nomination. Her first came for Best Supporting Actress in ATONEMENT, a deep-dish British romantic drama set during WW2. She was only 13 when she got her first Oscar nomination for playing a wealthy British girl in her early teens.
To really see the range that Saoirse Ronan had when she got her Oscar nomination for 2007's ATONEMENT, you must see her in a 2007 U.S. romantic comedy that was never released. Why, I do not know. Heckerling's comedy went straight to DVD. Maybe it's not a great comedy like the best of Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder, but it's a helluva lot better than most of those juvenile Adam Sandler comedies that got wide release. The 2007 comedy was directed and written by Amy Heckerling. It's called I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN. This sweet comedy stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd and Tracey Ullman as "Mother Nature."