Rooney Mara On Her Dragon Tattoo Diet, Plus More Images From Her Vogue Shoot

Just a few days ago, the first grainy shots of Rooney Mara‘s American Vogue cover made the internet rounds. …Now we have been delivered the full editorial–lensed by Mert & Marcus–which features a gamine Mara with of-the-moment bold brows and otherwise looking kind of blank and sad. She is, of course, in the middle of a massive PR blowout in support of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, her first blockbuster headlining gig directed by David Fincher.

Oh, also. I don’t know anything about the book but apparently her character Lisbeth Salander is described as “anorexic”? That’s kind of purple, isn’t it? Anyway, I guess Mara had to diet or something but it sounds weird and she doesn’t eat her fish. From the interview:

When a waiter appears to take our order, we are all looking at our menus, but I see out of the corner of my eye Fincher nudging Mara. He says with quiet seriousness, “You can eat.” I look up to see her reaction. Mara rolls her eyes, and Fincher laughs. “You can have lettuce and a grape. A raisin if you must.” She orders a piece of fish and barely touches it. In the book, Salander is described as boyish and awkward, “a pale, anorexic young woman who has hair as short as a fuse. . . .” Noomi Rapace, the magnetic star of the Swedish versions, looked more like Joan Jett. “One of the things that make our version that much more heartbreaking,” says Mara, “is that even though I am playing a 24-year-old, I look much younger. I look like a child.” I ask if she had to get unhealthily skinny for the role. She says, “Umm . . . not really.”

“It hasn’t been too hard for her,” Fincher quickly adds.

Poor Rooney! We hope she gets cast in a movie soon that lets her eat more than barely fish.

The photos are all via Vogue. To learn more about the shoot or to read the whole interview, you can visit the site or buy the issue on Tuesday.

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    • Megan

      In other words, “Yes, this sucked balls, but the PR machine won’t let me admit it.”

    • PAJ

      I looked at various pictures of her from about the last 2 years (I think) and she has a very unhealthy look, and has obviously lost a significant percentage of her weight. My bona fides are that I am an RN, and have battled weight/health issues for most of my life.
      Even the story indicates she is eating barely a starvation diet (“You can have lettuce and a grape. A raisin if you have to”). Every health care professional will decry this as unhealthy, and that she is malnourished. Even my brother, who had 0% body fat looks healthier (he has a genetic issue that prevents any body fat).
      This is even less healthy than gaining weight for a part, given the long term effects of starvation/malnutrition.