Saoirse Ronan has admitted she gets homesick when she is away filming on location - because she misses her dog.
The 17-year-old Irish actress was born in New York and travels a lot for her work, filming her latest action thriller Hanna on location in Germany and Morocco.
Saoirse said: "Sometimes it is tough. I've got my dog here and I miss my dog when I'm away, because she's older now."
The Atonement star was at home to officially open the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin this week.
Saoirse is next due to star in The Host, an adaptation of a sci-fi novel by Twilight writer Stephanie Meyer about Melanie and Wanderer, an extraterrestrial "soul" who takes over her mind.
Saoirse said: "There are a lot of projects now that aren't just kind of 'teeny bop' films, they're quality films and they're centred around young people. And you still got the other types as well, which is fine, but I am seeing more quality projects now which is good."
But the Bafta and Oscar-nominated actress revealed she would be happy to star in a romantic comedy, if she was offered a suitable role.
She said: "I actually don't have a problem doing comedy or a rom com, I'd love to do that kind of stuff. It's just been the way it's worked out so far.
"If a romantic comedy of something like that came along tomorrow and it was a good script and had good characters I'd definitely do it."