1. Saoirse Una Ronan was born on April 12, 1994. That makes her 18 years old—though she’ll be turning 19 in just a few weeks.
2. Her Irish parents, Paul and Monica Ronan, were living in the Bronx, New York when she was born; the family moved back to Ireland when Saoirse was three, though, so she was mostly raised in County Carlow in the province of Leinster.
3. She’s an only child.
4. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Saoirse is a dual citizen of America and Ireland.
5. Wondering how to pronounce her name? Although the traditional Irish pronunciation is “Seer-sha,” Saoirse herself pronounces it “Sir-sha”—“like ‘inertia,’” she’s said. “It’s Irish for ‘freedom.’”
Above: Saoirse on the poster for ‘The Host.’
Up next: What her name really means and more!