As a young Irish immigrant arriving in the U.S. in the 1950s, Saoirse Ronan carries the weight of the Oscar-contending film "Brooklyn" squarely on her 21-year-old shoulders. But that was the easy part of making the film about growing up and coming into your own as a young person.
The harder part was experiencing all those things in real life right along with your character.
"I couldn't get my head out of the fact that I was feeling all these things every day that this person felt, you know? It takes your head a second to manage all of those emotions. I felt completely out of my depth for the first little while," Ronan recently told The Times.