Ruth Negga has told Ryan Tubridy that attending the Oscars in 2017 was an 'overwhelming' experience.
The Irish star was appearing on the Late Late Show, where she spoke about her acting career and how things were shaping up for her both on the screen and on the stage.
As well as her new film Passing, which had a special screening in Dublin on Thursday night, she’s also set to appear next year in William Shakespeare’s legendary play Macbeth on Broadway with Daniel Craig.
She told Ryan that performing the role of Lady Macbeth would be "a great challenge" and that she felt "very lucky" to be making her Broadway debut. Alongside the recently-retired 007, no less.
Ryan then noted that her new film Passing is generating some genuine Oscar buzz. "It’s lovely to hear," she admitted. "I don’t know anyone who does their job for the Oscar, but it’s a lovely thing to be acknowledged by your peers."
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The Ethiopian-Irish star received her first Oscar nomination for her role in Loving, with La La Land's Emma Stone taking the award at the ceremony in 2017.
She recalled at the time that she was rather naive about Tinseltown’s big night, and the level of campaigning involved in the Oscar race - but on Friday she told Ryan Tubridy: "It’s very overwhelming.
"It’s so different to acting because, while there is a certain amount of surrender, you do have an awful lot of control - but with this thing you don’t. And the scrutiny is uncomfortable.
She added: "They’re trying to dissect you. I think that I love - I personally love mystery. There’s a sort of glamour to mystery, an elegance to not knowing everything about someone. I love that.
"I suppose it’s a bit snobbish, really . . . I think mystery can rise something above the pedestrian . . . it's escapism."