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Saoirse Ronan Hosts a Song-Packed ‘SNL’

The Lady Bird star teaches you to pronounce her name and welcomes you to hell.

Last weekend’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by Saoirse Ronan, the star of Lady Bird (also known as Rotten Tomatoes' best-reviewed film ever). The 23-year-old actress opened her SNL monologue with an answer to the question on everyone’s mind: how do you pronounce Saoirse? There are so many vowels it’s like a doomed Wheel of Fortune puzzle Ronan jokes before Leslie Jones casually calls her Cersei. The million dollar answer is: "Sur-sha". The actress played on her name's Irish origins and sang a little tune to help viewers remember. But it wasn’t the only song of the night.

Female cast members came together to sing “Welcome to Hell,” a catchy, pointed song about sexual harassment. In the video, a sugary collage of clouds, unicorns, and the color pink, Ronan and cast let others in on “a secret every girl knows: This been the damn world.” In her verse, Ronan muses, “House of Cards is ruined, and that really sucks. Well, here’s a list of stuff that’s ruined for us,” as the not girl group (“we just travel in a group for safety”) listed off parking, walking, Ubers, and hotels.

The Bronx-born, Dublin-raised actress’s SNL debut brought together the heavy and the light-hearted and officiated Ronan as a new young woman to watch.

"Welcome to Hell"

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