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Saoirse Ronan’s idea of relaxing off-screen isn’t a spa day — it’s playing with sharp objects.

The 25-year-old, three-time Oscar nominee has just completed an introduction to cooking course she took with a friend in Edinburgh, shortly after wrapping production on “Little Women,” the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel that opens Dec. 25.

“Have you ever chopped garlic and it just gets stuck in your hands? If you run your fingernails down the safe edge of a steel knife under hot water, it comes right out,” Ronan tells Variety with an easy smile.
It’s not a huge revelation, she admits, but the actor says she needs to keep herself occupied between jobs. “I find my brain turns to mush. I go a bit thick when I’m not working, so I wanted to do something in the interim that’s not acting.”

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