Actress Rooney Mara on same-sex relationships and wanting to quit Hollywood
THERE is more to Rooney Mara than the buzz created by her unusual hair-do on the red carpet. The 30-year-old bagged the Cannes best actress award last year for British-American drama Carol, where she plays a shop girl, Therese, who falls in love with an older woman (played by Cate Blanchett). This year, with an Oscar nomination for the same and rumours of Mary Magdalene’s role falling in her kitty, she talks about her character and the movie’s vintage elements.
Does the film have the power to change viewers’ perspectives on same-sex relationships?
At its core, it’s a love story between two humans. People who aren’t as open-minded aren’t going to feel defensive because we’re not telling them right from wrong. There’s a chance for everyone to see these characters as relatable humans. There’s so much about Therese that girls can relate to.
A recent interview said you considered quitting Hollywood early in your career.
When I said that, I was referring not so much to leaving Hollywood as to not feeling fulfilled by the work I was getting. If I want to act, I only want to do what I’m inspired by, and that wasn’t the case for me at that time. Now, I’m lucky I get to work with the
The sets in the film are incredible, particularly the department store.
That was my favorite set. It felt authentic with the toys and everything. Everything was vintage. Even the display cabinets. Because it was a small budget, they didn’t build any of it, they found vintage stuff.
Does that apply to the costumes, too?
All of my costumes were vintage. The one I wear in the scene that bookends the film, was custom-made, based off of a vintage dress. Most of Cate’s were remakes of existing pieces.
Is there anyone currently working in Hollywood who has a career you really admire?
Cate is kind of everybody’s benchmark. Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard are two others.
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