Saoirse Ronan on being scared to drive in Los Angeles and Meryl Streep's love of fast food

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has revealed how the American accent she adopts in most of her movies is almost second nature to her.

Saoirse Ronan on being scared to drive in Los Angeles and Meryl Streep's love of fast food

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has revealed how the American accent she adopts in most of her movies is almost second nature to her. The Carlow actress was speaking on The Ellen Show where the host made her scream twice with her famous scare pranks.

The Little Women actress said she finds it really easy to adopt the US accent.

“It’s something I have just always done”, she explained. “My favourite accent is the Valley Girl accent which I do all the time. What I love about it is you don’t have to push your voice at all. You can just sort of chill and talk at the same time", she said in a Valley Girl drawl.

She also told Ellen DeGeneres how she found it much easier to drive in Ireland than on Californian highways.

“I’m driving now. I had a provisional licence for a few years so I had to have a fully licenced driver beside me. A provisional (Irish) driver’s licence is like half your licence", she explained.

"So it’s like ‘we don’t fully trust you yet so put your Mam or Dad in your car at all times’ so basically it just stops you driving your car because all you want to do is drive on your own.

I did it this year around my birthday and I got it. I’m a terrific driver, I haven’t driven in LA yet because driving in LA scares me because at home we have literally have four cars on the road at any given time whereas here you have four lanes of traffic. It’s just a lot. I don’t know why I drive actually.

The 25-year-old, who is already getting Oscar buzz for her upcoming Little Women role, revealed she lives between London and Ireland when she is not in Los Angeles.

“I live between Ireland and the UK, so I go back and forth and I’m mainly in London when I’m the UK.”

The Carlow actress, who stars alongside Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh in the upcoming remake of Little Women, revealed how the venerated actress loves fast food.

She said: “It was my first time working with Meryl. I had met her at things, and I was always ‘it’s Meryl’ and I could never be cool around her. We had one scene together and she had been doing all this stuff with Flo (Pugh) and Timothée (Chalamet).

“I remember them texting at the end of one of their shoot days saying ‘Meryl ordered a Wendy’s today’. She was hungry and said ‘I’d love some fries or something’. I thought it would be great and lovely to have this one scene with her and it was.

“I kept my cool because I had to because we needed to make sure the scene was right. When they called ‘Cut’ I was like, 'Oh my God, I got to work with Meryl Streep.’”

Towards the end of her American TV interview, the actress, clad in hot pants and a T-shirt, screamed when a crew member covered in a sheet jumped out of a box. Seconds beforehand she told the host she felt like she was going to be scared on the show.

“I said to your crew before I came on someone is going to jump out of something is going to scare me because its’ the day before Halloween”, she mused. “I wasn’t expecting that”, she said before getting a second scare and screaming again.

“I honestly didn’t know. My whole body just went into defence mode. Knee first. That’s what I say.” She said Halloween was a much bigger holiday in America. “It’s not nearly as big as it is here, you guys are mad for it.”

She said she loves playing the role of Jo in the upcoming remake of Little Women which opens at Christmas.

“It’s obviously a famous book written by Louisa May Alcott, it’s about this girl called Jo, who is a writer. It’s about her and her three sisters and their mother and it’s during the Civil War.

“It’s very much about a person figuring out their own path, own way in life, they all want different things. For Jo it’s her work and writing and she lives and dies by that.”

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