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Saoirse Ronan 'not thinking about Oscars or diets'

Saoirse Ronan will not be going on crazy diets ahead of the Oscars, saying: "I love my grub."

The actress said she has not thought about the Academy Awards and said she still "can't believe" the success of Brooklyn in which she plays a young Irish immigrant.

Ronan, 21, was speaking on the red carpet at the Moet British Independent Film Awards where she is up for best actress.

Asked if she had thought about what she would wear at the Oscars, she said: "No, shush. No, I don't ... haven't thought about any of that stuff."

And asked if she would feel under pressure and go on a diet ahead of the big night, she told the Press Association: "No not at all. I've got a great group around me that are very supportive. I don't think about any of that. I love my grub."

Talking about the popularity of Brooklyn, she said: "I didn't expect any of it really, not because of the film not being good or anything like that, but I think it was something that I really wanted to get right.

"I really didn't want to mess it up and was very aware of that responsibility to everyone at home and the people that were on the job.

"Definitely for the first week or so I was convinced I was messing it up so to have this reception to it has been ... we're pinching ourselves. I still can't believe it."

The Irish star does not dwell on what is expected of her, adding: "You can't think about the pressures because otherwise you'll just become a basket case."

Meanwhile, fellow Irish star and Brooklyn actor Domhnall Gleeson said he has his father Brendan's acceptance speech in his pocket.

Domhnall is up for best supporting actor for his performance in Brooklyn, while Brendan - who was unable to make it to the event - is up for the same award for his role in Suffragette.

Asked about the father/son battle, Domhnall said: "I don't think of it as 'against'. I think 'with'. But yes I'm desperate to win."

He said they have been pitted against each other before, adding: "It's always just kind of funny."

Talking about the key to a good acceptance speech, he said: "The key is don't get drunk early. Wait until your category is done and then have a good time. I think that's the only rule."

Ireland is well represented at the event with Colin Farrell up for best actor for his role in The Lobster.

Domhnall said: "I think the Irish are better than the rest of the world combined. Yes, yes, we're taking on the world.

"We've got a really, really good group of people all working at the moment."


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