Saoirse Ronan has said that she prefers to be a 'mouthpiece' for others rather than take on the role of an activist herself.
The Carlow native prefers to rely on those who ‘know what they’re talking about’ when it comes to topics of importance.
Ronan has emerged as an outspoken voice on a range of topics over the past number of years, including the #MeToo movement.
She spoke about activism during a class she held as part of the Toronto International Film Festival, where she was promoting her new movie Ammonite, which was directed by Francis Lee.
Ronan says that it's important that she amplifies the voices of people that "actually know what they're talking about".
"Being a mouthpiece for the people that actually know what they’re talking about is really how I always felt about it.
"I’ve met a lot of people that support incredible causes and are unbelievably passionate about it and incredibly hardworking in terms of getting the message out there.
"I’m kind of like everyone else in saying, 'oh, what do you need me to do to spread that message out there?'."
During the same chat, Ronan also talked about the differences of her playing her first major role in Atonement at the age of 13 versus her starring role in Brooklyn at the age of 20.
"I was absolutely a wreck, the difference between the way I was as myself and as an actor on Brooklyn, versus the way I was on Atonement.
"I was 20, so the hormones were hanging all over the place anyways. It's an intense time for anyone because it's usually when they move away and get a job or go to college or whatever."