Saoirse Ronan Gifted Sign By Ellen DeGeneres To Help People Pronounce Her Name
Saoirse Ronan‘s name has given Americans trouble ever since her scene-stealing performance in Atonement. So, Ellen DeGeneres decided to help everyone out by designing a pronunciation signboard for the actress to wear.
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When Ronan stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week, the talk show host gifted her with over-the-shoulder signboards that read, “Hello, my name is SUR-SHA.” The signs also came complete with pockets, in which DeGeneres put a bottle of champagne, snacks and some other items that Ronan might want while walking the red carpet at the 73rd Golden Globes over the weekend.
Ronan, 21, is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her starring role in period film Brooklyn. In the category, she’ll be going up against Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Rooney Mara (Carol) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl).
Back in November of last year, Ronan’s performance in Brooklyn earned her the New Hollywood Award at the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards. Ryan Gosling, who directed Ronan in Lost River, made it a point while presenting her with the award to give the audience a tutorial on how to say the young star’s first name.
“There was a little controversy in giving her this award and no it wasn’t how to pronounce her name, although since we’re all here, I though we could just go over it,” Gosling said. “It’s not Say-or-see or Seer-say or Sor-cery but it probably should be…it’s Ser-sha like inertia.”
Ronan recently revealed that Gosling’s little speech has had quite an impact on people learning how to pronounce her name.
“Someone sent me a photo two weeks later of a cinema in Minnesota, and on the sign in the front it said ‘Brooklyn‘ and then underneath it said, ‘Ser-sha, Like Inertia,”’ she told People at the Palm Springs Film Festival. “I couldn’t believe it! They actually put it on the front of the cinema, so the power of Ryan Gosling is stronger than anything else.”
With Gosling – and now DeGeneres – spreading the word, Ronan shouldn’t have to deal with too many more mispronunciations of her first name going forward.