Rooney Mara was born on April 17th, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She acted in a few student films during her time at New York University and started auditioning for professional roles at the age of 19.
Her first film role was as an extra in the straight-to-video…more
In , Rooney won a Virtuoso Award by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
In , Rooney was won a NBR Award by the National Board of Review in the category of Best Breakthrough Performer for her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), tied with Felicity Jones for Like Crazy (2011).
In 2012, Rooney was nominated for three MTV Movie Award, in the categories of Breakthrough Performance, Best On-Screen Transformation and Best Female Performance, for her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
In 2012, Rooney was nominated for a Empire Award in the category of Best Actress for her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
In , Rooney was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in the category of Best Actress for her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
In 2012, Rooney was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) .
In 2012, Rooney was nominated for a Oscar by the Academy Awards in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
Rooney plays the guitar, which she learned for a role in a upcoming movie project.
In 2012, Rooney was voted #3 in Top 99 Most Desirable Women by Ask Men magazine.
Rooney is the founder of Faces of Kibera, a non-profit organization, to improve Kibera, a slum in Nairobi Kenya, by provided housing, food and medical care.
Rooney is connected to both the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. Her great-grandfather, Tim Mara, was the founder of the Giants and her great-grandfather, Art Rooney, was the founder of the Steelers.
Rooney's older sister is the also actress Kate Mara.
Rooney: (on her in the poster for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) There's a certain way people are used to seeing nude women, and that's in a submissive, coy pose, not looking at the camera. And in this poster, I'm looking dead into the camera with no expression on my face. I think it freaks a lot of people out.
Rooney: (on her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) I spent over a year with the character and there are so many different things that I love about her. I think the thing that makes her such a compelling character is that you do sort of fall instantly in love with her, but at the same time you don't always agree with what she's doing and you also question her and you get frustrated by her. She's just an incredibly multi-layered character.
Rooney: (on her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) She's unlike any character I've read before, and I think there's a reason the whole world has fallen in love with her. It's hard not to. I felt like I really understood her. I went in for Erica Albright never thinking I'd get it because I couldn't really relate to her. Playing that character was actually much more foreign to me than playing Salander, but they loved me, which was a shock.
Rooney: I refuse to engage in anything until I'm fully sure that I'm capable of it.
Rooney: There aren't many interesting and diverse parts out there for women. There seem to be a few different stereotypical roles that get recycled, so it was refreshing to have this complex character for a woman; very rare.
Rooney: My favorite thing about acting isn't necessarily the acting part. It's that you never stop learning, you're constantly learning new skills and new things about people. To me that's really interesting and fun.
Rooney: When I was at college, my nickname was Keds, because I wore Keds. I guess it wasn't really a nickname, because nicknames are usually given to you by people who are your friends and who know you. But I didn't know the people who called me Keds. I think that they didn't like me because I didn't want to join a sorority. I left that school.
Rooney: (on her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) It's certainly hard to sort of embody such a dark place for that amount of time. I felt as though it was much harder to come out of it than it was to go into it. Going into it was really easy for me.
Rooney: I don't know if it's so much a movie that has a lot of money versus a movie that has no money. I think every film you do has its differences. It's about the combination of people that you're with.
Rooney: I don't think the human body is something to be ashamed of. Every other person on the planet has the same parts as I do. So seeing them shouldn't be a huge shock to most people.
Rooney: Sometimes you read a review to see if anyone else picked up on something bad that you already picked up on yourself... In fact, rarely do you believe it when someone says something nice.
Rooney: I think that I have a pretty vivid imagination despite my stable household. Everyone's family has their quirks. No one is perfect.
Rooney: My sister was really upset when my mom brought her home a training bra. She didn't want it, so I moseyed on over and picked it up. I was very eager to get boobs.
Rooney: You kind of forget that it's me on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It doesn't look like me. It doesn't walk like me or talk like me. And so I think it was easier for my family to get lost in it than maybe any other part.