Rooney Mara is One of the Most Underrated Actresses Out There

Rooney Mara

The Girl Who Played With Fire is eventually going to get its time to shine with David Fincher at the helm once again. In the meantime I’ve went back and watched the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again and wanted to point something out – Rooney Mara deserves far more credit than she got for this role! Sure sure, she was nominated for an Oscar (her only nomination to date) and lost to Meryl Streep for her role in the Iron Lady. Now granted the Iron Lady was a strong film and I felt that Meryl deserved the nom (as she ALWAYS does) but the gold statuette should’ve been given to Rooney.

As I sat on my couch watching one of my many David Fincher BluRays, I gazed up at the screen as Lisbeth Salander took off her helmet and got into the elevator. I found myself transfixed on her appearance. I wasn’t just staring at the awkward appearance of her mohawk or the piercings that were all over her face, no I was watching someone who walked in a troubled way. Someone who had a very melancholy and forlorn look that was instantly and readily accessible to sympathize with. Since I had already seen the film before, this time around I was simply watching it to watch it and to marvel at my favorite director’s craft. I had never really considered what Rooney Mara had to go through in order to prepare herself for this role – suffice it to say, she went the extra mile and then some.

Lisbeth Salander Rooney Mara

Hard to believe that Rooney Mara is in there somewhere…

For example, were you aware that all of the piercings she has on her face are REAL!? Who does that?! Rooney didn’t even have her ears pierced until this movie was being developed and then she got each one pierced four times! To tally everything she did that altered her body in some way; she got 4 piercings in each ear, a nose piercing, an eyebrow piercing, a lip piercing, a nipple piercing (OUCH), cut her hair off, bleached her eyebrows, and put herself on a strict diet in order to keep the slimmed malnourished appearance of Lisbeth’s character. Tell me that’s not some inspiring dedication to one’s job.

She even she took the role far enough that she suffered some actual physical abuse for certain scenes in order to depict it the exact way that Fincher was trying to accomplish. I don’t feel that I should have to go into detail here but let’s just say that when you see Lisbeth being choked in a certain hard to watch scene, well, her neck was bruised when that shot was finished. I find myself questioning whether or not an actress should really endure that kind of effort – but at the same time, if you read/watch her interviews, she knew what she was doing and welcomed the challenge. Hell, getting naked was probably about the easiest thing she did for the role.

Rooney Mara Social Network

Oh there you are Peter…

Look, I know there are plenty of “method” actors and actresses out there – more so on the male side it seems. But when I started Googling the topic and Rooney didn’t come up on any of the 5 sites I visited, I felt I owed it to her to shed some light on her brilliant portrayal of Lisbeth Salander and her dedication to the part. If you go back and watch the movie again, and compare notes on performances alone – I want to know if you think Meryl Streep still should’ve won. I feel that while her performance was great in the Iron Lady she would not have won had she not been Meryl Streep. (seriously how many of those gold guys does she need?) But hey, that’s just me.

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