Rooney Mara says she found it difficult to read negative comments online after she was cast in her new role.
The actress was cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo last year, but some fans of the original book weren’t happy with that.
“It’s not easy to read that stuff but at the end of the day I really believed I could do this and you have to go into it without hesitation,” she said.
The film has its UK release on 26 December.
The 26-year-old says she tried not to let the negative comments bother her.
“I did look online a few times, it’s hard not to look at that stuff. But I didn’t really care, to be honest,” she says.
Mara says she didn’t feel she was in competition with other actresses when producers were casting her new role.
“I always knew the studio were either going hire a very established, accomplished actress, or they were going to hire someone new,” she said.
A number of high profile actresses had been considered for the part of Lisbeth Salander, but Mara says: “I never felt like I was up against them.”
The film is directed by David Fincher, and based on the best-selling book by Steig Larsson.
It’s the second time Mara has worked with Fincher, after appearing in The Social Network last year.
“I went into David’s office thinking that I was going to do some other screen test, and he gave me this long speech about the good things that would come to the person who got this part,” Mara explained.
Rooney Mara stars alongside Daniel Craig in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
“He went on about that for quite a while, and then he handed me the press release that said I had got the part. He said he was prepared to send it out and I had half-an-hour to decide whether I wanted the part or not.”
The actress says she accepted the role before reading the script.
“They told me I had to turn off my phone because I wasn’t allowed to contact anyone until the press release went out.
“I kept my phone off for a little bit because I hadn’t read the script yet. I went into an office and read the script, and when I turned my phone back on I had a million messages.
Rooney Mara has previously appeared in Youth In Revolt and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
She is now likely to take on bigger roles in the future.
“I’ve been really lucky in that this has opened a lot of doors for me,” she said.
“I don’t really have anything next. After working so hard on this for the past year I don’t really want to jump into anything unless I’m equally as passionate about it, and I haven’t found that thing yet.
Source: BBC UK