Actress Saoirse Ronan feels parallels between her character's exile in New York and her own time in London prior to filming Brooklyn.

Saoirse had moved away from home to London and was finding her own feet in the months before filming, she told Cahir O'Doherty at IrishCentral.

“You know what it’s like when you’re in a new place and you don’t quite have a purpose and you don’t quite know where you fit into this new world yet?, " she queried. "It’s not necessarily your life yet but you feel like you’re just kind of existing there. It’s debilitating.”

“It feels like there’s this heaviness that follows you around wherever you go. Sometimes it goes away and sometimes it comes back and you’re never quite sure when it’s completely passed. So I was in that kind of state when we made the film.”

When she realized that she would be filming in the town of Enniscorthy, relatively close to where she grew up was a little uncanny.

“To go back home to Ireland and to not only shoot there but in a town that was so close to where I grew up, a place I don’t live in anymore, was strange. To me Carlow will always represent my childhood and this simpler time,”

“For my work and that world – that I’m not a part of anymore – to collide in such a way was overwhelming. It really was. It meant that what I had been through in the years between 18 and 20 meant that I could identify with everything that Eilis had been going through.”