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Saoirse Ronan 'How I Live Now'

Saoirse Ronan in "How I Live Now"

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:48PM

Saoirse Ronan saw Ryan Gosling up close but can’t comment on his abs.

“He didn’t take his shirt off in front of me,” says the 19-year-old. “And I know every single woman says he’s really dreamy. He is my boss.”

Ronan just wrapped Gosling’s directorial debut, “How to Catch a Monster,” about an underwater city. “Years ago, I was supposed to work with Ryan and he was going to play my dad. So, I look at him as Dad … which I guess is different than the rest of the female population.”

In her current movie “How I Live Now,” Ronan plays Daisy, an American girl sent to the English countryside for a visit with relatives. Life turns upside down when a nuke explodes, the UK is turned into a military state and she must fight for her own survival.

Action isn’t foreign to Ronan after her acclaimed film “Hannah” (2011) and last spring’s “The Host.”

“I was so desperate to play someone so current and modern. She’s a girl with a lot of issues,” she says. “I’ve played a few girls in supernatural situations. This was very real.”

As for the action scenes, she jokes, “Nobody knows this, but I’m actually Bruce Willis’ muse.”

“It’s funny that every single film I’m in there is always a scene in a woods with action,” she says. “I’m always running away from somebody. I love action. In fact, the other day, I was watching TV at home in Ireland and someone was doing jiujitsu. I thought, ‘I’d really like to do that in a movie.’”

She does other things this holiday season in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” directed by Wes Anderson and co-starring Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes and Jude Law.

“I play a girl with a birthmark on my right cheek in the shape of Mexico,” she says. “I’m also the love interest for the main boy in a story about a priceless painting that’s being pulled back and forth.”

Does she ever get nervous in such A-list company? “I got nervous about doing the right thing for Wes. Doing good work is what makes me the most nervous.”

Cindy Pearlman

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