ROONEY MARA (Catherine) began her career shortly after
enrolling as a student at New York University. It was during her college years
that Mara decided to explore her interest in acting, landing small parts in
independent films and eventually moving to Los Angeles to pursue it full-time.
Mara mesmerized audiences and critics alike in director David Fincher's U.S.
adaptation of the popular Stieg Larsson book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
released on December 20, 2011. As part of a three-picture deal, to include "The
Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," Mara
portrayed the female lead, Lisbeth Salander, opposite Daniel Craig and Robin
Wright. For her performance, Mara was recognized by the National
Board of Review for Breakthrough Performance and earned Academy Award and
Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.
Mara recently starred in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival competitive entry "Ain't
Them Bodies Saints," for writer/director David Lowery, with Casey Affleck and
Ben Foster. The drama tells the story of a young mother who struggles to cope
with life after her husband is imprisoned for a deadly crime.
She also recently starred in "Side Effects," directed by Steven Soderbergh
and opposite Channing Tatum and Jude Law, as a woman who turns to prescription
medication as a way of handling her anxiety and depression. The film, released
in February of 2013, was an official entry at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.
In addition to "Her," Mara wrapped production last year on the "Untitled
Terrence Malick Project" in which she starred alongside Ryan Gosling, Michael
Fassbender and Natalie Portman. The story involves two intersecting love
triangles, sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin,
Mara just wrapped production on Stephen Daldry's film "Trash," set in the
slums of Brazil, with a script written by Richard Curtis, based on the
best-selling book. She will portray a government aid worker.
Her additional film credits include "Tanner Hall," directed by Francesca
Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg; David Fincher's acclaimed drama "The
Social Network"; "Youth in Revolt"; and "The Winning Season," opposite Sam
On the small screen, Mara's credits include memorable guest-starring roles on
"ER," "The Cleaner," "Women's Murder Club" and "Law & Order: SVU."
Mara is the Founder of the non-profit organization Uweze, which provides
critical care and assistance to poverty-stricken orphans in Africa's largest
slum in Kibera, Kenya.
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