Rooney Mara graces the cover of Allure magazine’s January 2012 issue wearing a cotton eyelet vest by Vera Wang. Inside, Rooney discusses her sister, actress Kate Mara, her nude scenes in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the physical changes she made for the role.
On her sister, Kate Mara: “We’re so different that there’s never been a competitiveness between us in work. She is probably much more likable than I am. She’s really outgoing and fun. I’m definitely more of the odd sister.”
On getting her nipple pierced for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: “I’m naked quite a lot in the movie, and I thought, she has it in the book, and she should have it [in the movie]. Because of all the tattoos and the makeup and the piercings, and the physical transformations my body has to go through, it would always feel sort of like I was in costume, even if I was naked. It just felt like a good one to get—a necessary one to get.”
On her nude scenes in the film: “Nudity is such a huge part of the character in the book, so I never thought twice about it. There was no time for hesitation. I didn’t have time to second-guess anything or be scared; I just showed up and was comfortable.”
Also inside the January 2012 issue: a guide to getting perfect skin and a report on the hairstyle that works for everyone. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on December 20 or head to Allure.com.