ETonline: How are you? All talked out yet?
Saoirse Ronan: You
know I’m doing OK. I do always get sick every time before I do a press junket
though. It’s like I’m allergic to press or something.
Yea, I’m allergic to you. Stay away from me!
Such a sweet part of Brooklyn was how Tony (Emory
Cohen) courts your character, Eilis. Watching it, I thought, that’s just not
ever going to happen to me--or my girlfriends--today.
I know. I think we all live and hope, don’t we? We’re never
going to meet someone like that. Back then, there was a process: there’s the
initial meeting, the courting period, then marriage, then sex. People weren’t
as tactile then. It wasn’t in the culture to be physical with each other--even
if you were just chatting with someone. We’re quite cuddly now--especially
actors--all kisses and hugs. John [Crowley, the director] had to keep an eye on
that with us during filming. We couldn’t hug each other; we had to be quite
restrained. It adds a sexual tension, the not touching, so that just the
touching of a hand means so much.