Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut “Lady Bird” is a not-so-concealed semi-autobiographical film set in her hometown of Sacramento. But the city of Toronto actually played an outsize role in getting Irish actress Saoirse Ronan to play the all-American title role.
Gerwig also didn’t sweat Ronan’s strong Irish accent in considering her for the role.
“She’s highly skilled with accents,” Gerwig said. “She told me very early, because she’d read the script and was really interested in making it, and I was very excited that she might do it.”
Metcalf — who won three Emmys on “Roseanne” and a Tony earlier this year for “A Doll’s House, Part 2” — complimented Gerwig on her strong guidance and careful attention to detail.
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