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Shooting movies demands focus, says actress Meg Ryan

By Hilary Duncanson

Hollywood star Meg Ryan has told how the “single-minded focus” needed to be a director was the hardest part about getting behind the camera for her latest movie.

Ryan - famous for her roles in When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle - brought her directorial debut Ithaca to the Edinburgh International Film Festival for its UK premiere.

Ryan said she would “absolutely” consider directing again. But asked about the biggest challenge she faced in the job, she said: “The kind of single-minded focus. When you act in a film you’re there for three, four months tops. This was a good long 18 months of concentrating on one thing.”

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