“[She] has that innate quality. It’s called watchability.”
Steven Soderbergh is talking about Rooney Mara, the leading lady in his new thriller, Side Effects. And Hollywood has been watching the 27-year-old actress very closely, ever since she caught the town’s eye in David Fincher‘s The Social Network. Mara went from the founder of Facebook’s ex-girlfriend to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, scoring an Oscar-nomination for the latter in the process.
To celebrate Mara’s new role as Channing Tatum‘s psychologically-damaged wife in this weekend’s Side Effects, Celebuzz went digging to find 5 things you need to know about this rising young star.
Click here to launch Celebuzz’ gallery of the 5 things you don’t know about Side Effects star Rooney Mara
Like most young starlets, Mara found early success in the horror genre. In 2009, she headlined the critically-panned remake of Nightmare on Elm Street – an experience that almost turned her away from acting.
“I hated it,” Mara told Vogue Magazine. “It left me thinking, If this is what is available to me, then I don’t necessarily want to be an actress. And then I got the script for The Social Network.”
Thankfully, not even Freddy Kruger could detour Mara from becoming one of the most watchable talents working today.
Get to know Mara in the gallery above, then check out Celebuzz‘ exclusive interview with the Side Effects star below.
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