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Actress Rooney Mara says appearing in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo changed her style and made her less feminine. The 26-year-old plays the role of the rebellious Lisbeth Salander in the movie. “Before I got the part, I was definitely more feminine and girlie. I wore a lot ofÂ pale shades and I haven’t really rediscovered that yet,” contactmusic.com quoted Mara as saying.
Â ”I’ve kept with the black and dark colours,” she added.
At the close of the Toronto International Film Festival,Â StarÂ writers typically make their picks for Fresh Faces of the fest; actors who show the promise that leads to solid careers.
Among my choices in 2009 was Rooney Mara, 24-year-old co-star of a small-budget boarding school dramaÂ Tanner Hall, a demurely dressed young woman who posed for a photo at the Hotel InterContinental in a blue frock with white lace collar.
On Dec. 20, audiences will see Mara covered in facial piercings, dressed in leathers and sporting chopped inky hair and bleached eyebrows as hacker Lisbeth Salander inÂ The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Based on Swedish writer Stieg Larssonâs massive 2005 bestseller and directed by David Fincher, the thriller, co-starring Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard and Christopher Plummer, is making an impression on critics and has netted a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination for Mara.
âWere we outside with all the girls? Or we were outside? I remember, and we took a picture,â Mara said with laugh of that afternoon in Yorkville. âAnd look where I am now. Very exciting.â • Read full story »
The suspense surrounding the release of the film adaption of the Swedish thrillerÂ The Girl With the Dragon TattooÂ has been almost as gripping as the novel itself: First we learned that David Fincher (Fight Club,Â The Social Network) would be directing the project, then it was rumoredâand later confirmedâthat the not-so-Swedish Daniel Craig would star as the male lead. Next came the unexpected twist of casting the doe-eyed Rooney Mara as the filmâs darkly seditious title character. And then the plot thickened even more: Legendary face-painter Pat McGrath was enlisted to be the makeup expert responsible for transforming Mara into a stone-cold, kohl-eyed computer hacker. After receiving a personal e-mail from Fincherâone that almost went overlookedâMcGrath flew out to the set in Sweden to design more than 20 looks to be used in the film trilogy. Here, she talks to Style.com about bleached eyebrows, letting ârawâ skin show through on camera, and why a red smoky eye reads better on screen than black.
How did the journey withÂ The Girl With the Dragon TattooÂ begin for you? Had you met David Fincher before?
No, I had never met him before. He sent me an e-mail out of the blue asking me to do the makeup for the film in July, when everybody is on holiday and everything shuts down. I donât think I saw the e-mail for weeks. Once I realized it was David Fincher himself, I was very excited. I immediately said yes, and the next thing I knew, I was flying out to Sweden to meet David, his team, and Rooney. • Read full story »
Rooney Mara went through a drastic transformation for her role inÂ The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, shaving parts of her head and piercing not only her lip, eyebrow, and nose, but her nipple too.Â For our January cover, the actress revealed a soft and sweetly pretty side,Â and toldÂ AllureÂ about her low-key real-life beauty regimen.
Her one-minute makeup routine:Â ”Tinted moisturizer, concealer if I need it, and some powderâprobably Laura Mercier or Chanel. I use a Nars blush stick on my lips, too.”
Her scent of choice:Â ”This year, when I was screen-testing for [The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo], all of my clothes had this smell on them. I asked the wardrobe lady, and she’s like, ‘The woman who makes the clothes, it’s the smell that she puts in it.’ That woman has a candle and a perfume line, so I do wear her perfumeâAgatha Blois Carnival Wax, Black Amber.”
How she maintains her flawless complexion:Â ”SPF. I can’t leave the house without that. For my face, I use Dermalogica.”
Her short hair story:Â ”Now, I do nothing. Before, I had so much hair and it was so much maintenance.”
Stylist meets the girl who won Hollywoodâs most coveted role
In Stockholm, the sun went down half an hour ago. Itâs 3pm. Iâve just completed the Millennium Tour â an hour-long walk around the city where parts of Stieg Larssonâs bestselling trilogy (65million copies sold in 46 countries) were set
The darkness and the medieval beauty of the city, along with the memory of the booksâ violence, have unnerved me as I return to the hotel where Iâll be interviewing Rooney Mara; the relatively unknown actress cast as Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming,Â The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Fans of Larsson (who died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 50 in 2004, shortly before the books were published) will know what I mean when I say Rooney is âvery Salanderâ. For those of you who donât, let me explain. Salander is a slight, tattooed, multi-pierced, social outcast deemed legally incompetent by the state. Sitting before me now, Rooney is neither tattooed, nor multi-pierced and seems entirely capable of looking after herself; but she is very guarded. Sheâs petite and her short hair dyed jet black makes her look even paler. When she shakes my hand, her touch is so delicate, I fear I may have broken her fingers. We start the interview; her arms are folded. Sheâs prone to one-word answers â and donât even think about asking her about her boyfriend, Curb Your Enthusiasm director Charlie McDowell. The room is eerily quiet; Iâm starting to worry this wonât go well.
After three very successful Swedish film adaptations of the trilogy â starring Sherlock Holmes 2âs Noomi Rapace â were made just two years ago, it was surprising when The Social Networkâs director David Fincher announced in 2010 he would make an American version. Apart from one omission, Fincherâs much slicker version takes in every twist and turn of the novel, something which nudges the film towards the two-and-a-half hour mark âŠbut which keeps you spellbound for every minute. And Rooney is brilliant. Emotionally (and physically) naked for much of the film, she deserves an Oscar nod. Maybe thatâs whatâs worrying her. The 26-year-oldâs life is set to change dramatically. • Read full story »
A dressed-in-black Rooney Mara looks more like an upwardly mobile ingenue than a ragged street punk, as she casually chats to an acquaintance in the stylish lobby of the Crosby Street Hotel.
Her real-life persona serves to underscore the magic of her transformation into the streetwise computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the David Fincher-directed adaptation of Stieg Larssonâs popular novel,Â The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Opening Dec. 20, the thriller features Mara as the dysfunctional but brilliant Salander, hired by reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to help him with an investigation into the disappearance of a girl 40 years earlier. Assigned to the job by the rich patriarch (Christopher Plummer) of the girlâs family, Salander and Blomkvist uncover horrifying events from the familyâs past and present.
The details of the case, and the lead characters in the whodunit, are familiar to Larsson fans, and there are many. The dearly departed writer sold more than 65 million copies of his crime trilogy,Â Dragon Tattoo,Â The Girl Who Played with FireÂ andÂ The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetâs Nest. The Swedish/Danish trio of films of the books were released in 2009, with Noomi Rapace playing Salander and Michael Nykvist playing Blomkvist. So comparisons to the Fincher production are inevitable. • Read full story »
To play the role of Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Rooney Mara had her hair dyed black and chopped short and asymmetrical, her eyebrows bleached blonde, and her eyebrow, ears and nipple pierced. And that was only the beginning of her transformation.
A scion of football royaltyâher great-grandfathers, Timothy Mara and Art Rooney Sr., founded the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectivelyâMs. Mara parlayed a popular (if small) part in David Fincher’s “The Social Network” (as Mark Zuckerberg’s jilted girlfriend) into consideration for the central role of Lisbeth in Mr. Fincher’s new adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel.
To win the role, Ms. Mara, who was born and raised in Westchester County, endured a two-month audition process that included being asked to get drunk and then do a screen test while hung over. The Journal recently sat down with the 26-year-old actor, who was dressed in black from head-to-toe, at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo.
A goth haircut is one thing, but were you nervous about getting all those piercings for the role of Lisbeth?
I wasn’t really fazed by it at all. I was auditioning for two and a half months at that point, so I was already getting into character and anxious to get started. They cut and dyed the hair and bleached the eyebrows all in one afternoon here at the Crosby Street Hotel. Then we went to Brooklyn and got the piercings. We walked in, we knew what we were going to do. It was me and David [Fincher] and Trish [Summerville, the costume designer], and she got me some orange juice and we got the piercings. David didn’t want to stay in the roomâhe is really squeamish about those kinds of things, which is really funny considering the movies he makes. And it was really easy. It hurts for a second but I wasn’t very scared. • Read full story »
I have consolidate all “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“Â movie reviews for you guys:
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a beautiful thriller
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