Rooney Mara Surprised by 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Nominations

December 19, 2011 By:
Rooney Mara Surprised by 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Nominations

Rooney Mara, the actress who plays the edgy, aloof lead in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, says she was surprised to find out she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

“We’d had three premieres in three countries, in three nights, so I was kind of half asleep,” Rooney told Ann Curry of learning about her Golden Globes nomination last week. “I kind of forgot that that was happening, so I was very surprised.”

David Fincher directed the movie, the same guy behind Fight Club and The Social Network, so as an actress, Mara knew this wasn’t going to be an easy gig.

Curry explained: “When [Fincher] laid out the requirements for this role, that you would need to smoke, that you would need to learn how to ride a motorcycle, you would need to be naked a lot…why did you say yes?”

Insert cash register noises here. But Mara gave a more graceful response:

“Because I had read the books. And I fell in love with this character. And an opportunity like this doesn’t come around very often.”

Rooney continued that she could relate to the character in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander:

“Whenever I read the books, she felt very familiar to me…she does have a lot anger, but it was always something that she’s trying to keep at bay…so when it does come out, it’s much more shocking.“

Mara continued:

“The way that she presents herself to the world…she dresses that way to keep people away from her.”

Wait, that’s all it takes to keep people away? Consider myself tattooed and pierced.

Before she was in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney played Eric Albright, Jesse Eisenberg’s ex-girlfriend in The Social Network. One thing’s for sure, the girl can transform.

Shaving off your eyebrows, helps, too.

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