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Rooney Mara Chats With Vogue About The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Posted on Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:58 PM PDT

rooney-mara-vogue-3.jpgPhotos courtesy of Vogue/Mert Alas/Marcus Piggott

rooney-mara-vogue-cover-230.jpgRooney Mara covers the November issue of Vogue Magazine, and the star of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo chats about her dramatic transformation into Lisabeth Salander, how she handled the film's brutal rape scene and she even slams one of her first big roles.

When it came to completing her look, Mara reveals that she had ALL of the body piercings done on the same day. "I went in looking like Erica Albright and I came out like this ... The eyebrows were the biggest shock because that really changed my face, and I didn’t recognize myself.” And the body modification didn't stop there! Mara had to stay super thin for the role, and she noted, “One of the things that make our version that much more heartbreaking is that even though I am playing a 24-year-old, I look much younger. I look like a child.” When asked if she had to get unhealthily skinny for the role, she says, “Umm ... not really.” Director David Fincher (who accompanied her for parts of the interview) quickly added, “It hasn’t been too hard for her."

The writer for Vogue commented on the relationship between the young starlet and Fincher, describing it as one that is "charged with the electric current of the mentor-protegee crush, which is both touching and occasionally uncomfortable to watch." Daniel Craig (who plays Mikael Blomkvist in the film), says of the interaction between the two, “It’s f***ing weird!” Fincher auditioned everyone from Scarlett Johansson to unknown actresses from New Zealand, so it's interesting that he went with Mara, who worked with him on 2010's The Social Network.

When asked about the film's controversial rape scene, Mara admits it was a bit traumatizing. “I don’t know how to describe it. I think, physically, it was hardest," she says. "I got really beat up. But I gave myself a few days and then I was fine.”

Check out the gallery below for more photos, and click after the jump to read the rest of Ms. Mara's interview, including a quote where she talks smack about one of her first real jobs!

On her rise to fame, Mara makes comments very similar to things that have slipped out of Kristen Stewart's mouth during interviews. “Where do I go from here?” she says. “I’ve been trying to really live in the moment because I will never get this part of it back. As soon as the movie comes out, everyone will turn it into what they believe it is, so I’ve really been trying to appreciate every minute of now. Because I know what’s coming ... That kind of fame is not something I ever wanted for myself. It just so happens that this huge, gigantic monster of a film came around that also happens to have the most incredible character that I ever could have dreamed up. But my fear with a movie like this is the kind of exposure you get from it. I think that can be death to an actor. The more people know about you, the less they can project who you are supposed to be. It’s unfortunate that you really only get one shot at that. After this, I won’t be able to be that girl again.”

Mara also speaks negatively about her experience on the set of Nightmare on Elm Street, which was one of her first big roles. “I hated it,” she says. “It left me thinking, If this is what is available to me, then I don’t necessarily want to be an actress. And then I got the script for The Social Network.” Hmm, is Rooney going to be the new K. Stew/Megan Fox? That kinda makes us love her even more!



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