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Overview (3)

Born in Bedford, New York, USA
Birth NamePatricia Rooney Mara
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009), and has since starred in the horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), the biographical drama The Social Network (2010), the thriller remake The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and the romantic drama Carol (2015).

Patricia Rooney Mara is one of four children of Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney) and NFL football team New York Giants executive Timothy Christopher Mara. Her grandfathers were Wellington Mara, co-owner of the Giants, and Timothy Rooney, owner of Yonkers Raceway, and her grand-uncle is Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, the former Ambassador to Ireland. She is the great-granddaughter of Art Rooney, the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers football franchise. Her father has Irish, German, and French-Canadian ancestry, and her mother is of Irish and Italian descent.

After graduating from Bedford's Fox Lane High School, she went to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in South America for four months as part of the Traveling School, an open learning environment. She attended George Washington University for a year and then transferred to New York University, where she studied international social policy psychology and nonprofits. She took her degree from New York University in 2010. Her studies focused on non-profit organizations, as her family has a tradition of involvement in philanthropic causes.

She had thought of acting after watching old movies and attending musical theater, but did not think of it as a serious vocation and was afraid she might fail at this. As a result of her reservations, she appeared in only one play while in high school.

She began seriously focusing on acting when she was at New York University, appearing in student films. Inspired by her older sister, actress Kate Mara, she began to pursue the craft, auditioning for acting jobs at age 19. She appeared with her sister Kate in the video horror movie Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), billing herself as "Patricia Mara". As "Tricia Mara", she had guest roles on television and won her first lead in the movie Tanner Hall (2009), which was shot in the fall of 2007.

She originally auditioned for the supporting role of Lucasta in "Tanner Hall", a $3-million independent film, but director Tatiana von Fürstenberg was so impressed by the young actress, she had her return to audition for the lead role of Fernanda, which Mara won. Furstenberg was delighted with her nuanced performance, saying, "Still waters run deep".

Continuing to call herself Tricia Mara, this was during the making of "Tanner Hall" that she considered changing her professional name to Rooney Mara, soliciting the advice of the cast and crew. After premiering at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, her performance in "Tanner Hall" brought the rechristened Rooney Mara a "Rising Star" award at the 2009 Hamptons Film Festival and a "Stargazer Award" at the 2010 Gen Art Film Festival.

She received her first lead role in a major feature, in the $35 million remake A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). The movie proved disappointing at the box office, grossing only $63 million domestically and racking up a worldwide gross of just under $116 million. However, she was noticed by critics in the small but pivotal role of the Boston University undergrad Erica Albright who dumps Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010). Director David Fincher subsequently cast her as the lead, Lisbeth Salander, in his thriller remake, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium book series. She received critical acclaim for her performance, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama.

She starred in the thriller film Side Effects (2013), the independent drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), and the acclaimed sci-fi romantic drama Her (2013). The following year, she starred in the adventure drama Trash (2014). She garnered further critical acclaim for her performance in Todd Haynes' romantic drama Carol (2015), for which she won the Best Actress Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama and the SAG, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In the spirit of her family's philanthropic endeavors, Rooney created Faces of Kibera, a charity that provides food, medical care and housing to orphans in Nairobi, Kenya's Kibra district, a small slum that houses a million people. There are many orphans as AIDS is rampant in the slum.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Family (3)

Children River Mara Phoenix
Parents McNulty (Rooney), Kathleen
Mara, Timothy Christopher
Relatives Kate Mara (sibling)
Wellington Mara (grandparent)
Timothy Rooney (grandparent)
Art Rooney (great grandparent)
John Mara Jr. (cousin)
John Mara (aunt or uncle)

Trade Mark (6)

Petite figure
Light blue eyes
Dimples that appear when she smiles
Often plays characters who are immensely troubled
Dyed raven black hair and pale skin
Often works with Garth Davis

Trivia (35)

Younger sister of Kate Mara. Cousin of John Mara Jr..
Considers Gena Rowlands to be her favorite actress and A Woman Under the Influence (1974) to be her favorite film.
Great-granddaughter of Art Rooney.
Granddaughter of Wellington Mara and Timothy Rooney.
Great-grandfather Tim Mara founded the New York Giants. Great-grandfather Art Rooney founded the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Daughter of Timothy Christopher Mara, a scout for the New York Giants and Kathleen McNulty, née Rooney.
Uncle John Mara is CEO of the New York Giants since 2005.
Rooney Mara founded the non-profit organization Faces of Kibera. It provides housing, food, and medical care for orphans in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The charity's goal is to build an orphanage in the region, for which six acres of land have been purchased. The charity auctions memorabilia from the Steelers and Giants, as well as training camp events on eBay to raise money.
Rooney and her sister Kate Mara both appeared in Best Picture Oscar nominated films in 2011. Rooney was in The Social Network (2010), Kate in 127 Hours (2010).
Several sources, including Vogue and Entertainment Weekly, reported that the piercings (including multiple ear, eyebrow, and nipple piercings) that Rooney Mara sports, as Lisbeth Salander, in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) were real, not cosmetic simulations. Mara got the piercings in a series of sessions in Brooklyn and Sweden.
Voted #3 on Ask men's top 99 "most desirable" women of 2012.
Learned to play the guitar for her role in the romantic drama Song to Song (2017).
Turned down the role of Estella in Great Expectations (2012). Holliday Grainger was eventually cast.
Her paternal grandfather was of Irish descent and her paternal grandmother was of half German, as well as of French-Canadian and Irish, ancestry. Her mother is of Irish and Italian descent.
Great-uncle Dan Rooney was the US Ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2012.
Her favorite actors are Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Attended and graduated from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York (2003).
Attended and graduated with a degree from New York University (2010).
Was in a long-term relationship with Charlie McDowell from 2010 to 2016.
She hated A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) and her performance in the horror remake.
As of 2022, she has appeared in 4 films that were nominated for Best Picture: The Social Network (2010), Her (2013), Lion (2016), and Nightmare Alley (2021).
In an interview with W Magazine in 2016, she told that her favorite love scene is the one between Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust and Bone (2012).
Mara is pronounced mair-a, not mahr-a.
Good friends with Brie Larson.
Began dating Joaquin Phoenix on the set of Mary Magdalene (2018).
She hated working on A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) so much that she seriously considered giving up acting as a result.
She was originally cast as Maya Hansen in Zero Dark Thirty (2012) but dropped out to do Side Effects (2013) and was replaced by Jessica Chastain.
Announced her engagement to actor Joaquin Phoenix on July 21, 2019.
Born on the same date as Luke Mitchell.
Sister-in-law of Jamie Bell.
Has one child: son River (born September 2020) with fiance Joaquin Phoenix. The boy is named after his late uncle, actor River Phoenix.
She and actor Joaquin Phoenix have a son together named River, after Phoenix's late brother.
Returned to work 9 months after giving birth to her son River to begin filming Women Talking (2022).
She is vegan, just like her husband Joaquin Phoenix and sister Kate Mara.
Born on the same date as Luke Mitchell.

Personal Quotes (25)

[on the poster for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)] There's a certain way people are used to seeing nude women, and that's in a submissive, coy pose, not looking at the camera. And in this poster, I'm looking dead into the camera with no expression on my face. I think it freaks a lot of people out.
[on portraying Lisbeth Salander] I spent over a year with the character and there are so many different things that I love about her. I think the thing that makes her such a compelling character is that you do sort of fall instantly in love with her, but at the same time you don't always agree with what she's doing and you also question her and you get frustrated by her. She's just an incredibly multi-layered character.
[on her The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) character] She's unlike any character I've read before, and I think there's a reason the whole world has fallen in love with her. It's hard not to. I felt like I really understood her. I went in for Erica Albright never thinking I'd get it because I couldn't really relate to her. Playing that character was actually much more foreign to me than playing Salander, but they loved me, which was a shock.
I refuse to engage in anything until I'm fully sure that I'm capable of it.
[on Lisbeth Salander] There aren't many interesting and diverse parts out there for women. There seem to be a few different stereotypical roles that get recycled, so it was refreshing to have this complex character for a woman; very rare.
My favorite thing about acting isn't necessarily the acting part. It's that you never stop learning, you're constantly learning new skills and new things about people. To me that's really interesting and fun.
When I was at college, my nickname was Keds, because I wore Keds. I guess it wasn't really a nickname, because nicknames are usually given to you by people who are your friends and who know you. But I didn't know the people who called me Keds. I think that they didn't like me because I didn't want to join a sorority. I left that school.
[on her The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) character] It's certainly hard to sort of embody such a dark place for that amount of time. I felt as though it was much harder to come out of it than it was to go into it. Going into it was really easy for me.
I don't know if it's so much a movie that has a lot of money versus a movie that has no money. I think every film you do has its differences. It's about the combination of people that you're with.
I don't think the human body is something to be ashamed of. Every other person on the planet has the same parts as I do. So seeing them shouldn't be a huge shock to most people.
Sometimes, you read a review to see if anyone else picked up on something bad that you already picked up on yourself... In fact, rarely do you believe it when someone says something nice.
I think that I have a pretty vivid imagination despite my stable household. Everyone's family has their quirks. No one is perfect.
My sister was really upset when my mom brought her home a training bra. She didn't want it, so I moseyed on over and picked it up. I was very eager to get boobs.
You kind of forget that it's me on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). It doesn't look like me. It doesn't walk like me or talk like me. And so I think it was easier for my family to get lost in it than maybe any other part.
It's not that different than when you're 4 years old playing house. I'm really good at playing house. I love playing house.
I pick up energy really easily. Even if I go to the grocery store and no one is paying attention to me, I can pick up other people's moods and it's really intense.
I like being alone. I need a lot of alone time as a human.
[on if there is anyone currently working in Hollywood who has a career that she admires - Indiewire, November 2015] Cate Blanchett. I think Cate is kind of everybody's benchmark with everything she does. She does incredible work and always has. Definitely her. There's a lot of people. Daniel Day-Lewis - he's a man obviously, but I really admire his work. Marion Cotillard is one of my favorite actresses.
I'm probably more insane than most people, and less than a lot of others. I'm somewhere in the middle.
When I was much younger I'd become friends with everyone. I was so enthusiastic. And then, the older you get, it's like you're friends during the day, but you know this isn't real life, you have better boundaries.
Everyone on set is also a gypsy. We're all like carnie folk. We're all freaks. We're all insane. But there is an understanding there.
[on the award season campaign placed on her for the romance drama Carol (2015)] It's such a weird process... The whole thing feels kind of gross to me. If [Cate and I] were male and female, there probably would be no question. Getting nominated means something. You will get better parts, and I really do want people to see the film. But I don't feel like it's something I'm desperate for. I would forgo it all to keep my integrity.
[on Christmas, 2015] Last year, me and my siblings and even my parents were like, "No, I don't want a gift. I'm not getting you a gift. We're going to donate." Now I give everyone Oxfam - I get everyone goats and pigs and cows.
I have a playlist for Nancy for just every day, and I have a specific playlist for the stuff I have to do today, which is really hard-core and I really have to kick ass today.
[on her role as Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)] It's quite stressful. There are big shoes to fill, and people love Nancy. There's a lot of pressure to not let people down.

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