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Saoirse Ronan Is Ready to Follow Her Dream of Directing Thanks to Greta Gerwig
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Long before Saoirse Ronan was an award-winning actress, she had dreams of becoming a director. Thanks to Lady Bird helmer Greta Gerwig, Ronan finally has the courage to make that dream a reality.

In a preview clip of her Sunday Today interview with Willie Geist, the Oscar-nominated actress shares that watching Gerwig work reignited her desire to direct.

“[Directing] was something I was drawn to even before acting,” Ronan says. “[As a little girl] I’d bully all my friends into being in little films I made. I’d get the camcorder—I loved bringing all of this together to make one thing.”

She goes on to express that Gerwig, who established herself as an actress before writing and directing the beloved coming-of-age film, helped her realize her aspirations were completely achievable: “It wasn’t until I saw Greta talk about the film and making it and putting it together, and how all of this came from her and she’s done something brilliant that people truly love and it’s a great piece of work. I thought, ‘Oh yeah, I do want to do this now, and maybe I could actually do it.’”

More female directors? Hell yes.

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