Saoirse Ronan Wants to Star in a Comedy Like ‘Bridesmaids’: ‘I Would Love to Do Something Modern and Funny’

Four-time Oscar nominee and indie darling Saoirse Ronan revealed in a recent Harper’s Bazaar UK interview that she’s keen to star in a comedy soon, referencing Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” and the Larry David-created sitcoms “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as her favorite comedic projects.

“I would love to do something modern and funny,” Ronan said. “But to be able to do comedy well requires so much skill and musicality. I don’t necessarily think I have that yet — although as I’ve got older, I am more comfortable and confident to try.”

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Ronan is best known for her dramatic roles, and has earned Academy Award nominations for “Atonement,” in which she plays the petulant and jealous younger sister to Keira Knightley; “Brooklyn,” which follows a young Irish immigrant navigating life in 1950s New York; “Lady Bird,” in which she stars as a headstrong teenager at odds with her mother; and finally, “Little Women,” in which she played the iconic Jo March.

She has also starred in other period dramas like “On Chesil Beach,” “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Ammonite,” and her upcoming film “Foe” will showcase her opposite Paul Mescal in a futuristic sci-fi story.

Ronan recalled leading the West End production of “The Tragedy of Macbeth” in 2021, referring to her part as Lady Macbeth as her “most difficult” role to date.

“It was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, professionally, because of the discipline that it required: getting on my bike at 5 o’clock night after night, in the dead of winter, to do a play that dark and at a time when the country was still in the throes of COVID,” Ronan said. “Meaning we were all carrying a heaviness already. With ‘Macbeth,’ it did feel hard to find the light.”

While movies like “Lady Bird” certainly required comedic chops, Ronan has yet to star in a full-fledged comedy like “Bridesmaids.” Although she wasn’t able to make time for a cameo in Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster “Barbie,” Ryan Gosling has previously referred to Ronan, who starred in his 2014 directorial debut “Lost River,” as the next Meryl Streep.

“Yeah. I probably paid him to say that,” Ronan said about his comment, though she also said she was proud to be associated with Streep.

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