Last week, the Internet was abuzz over a quote Rooney Mara gave to Allure for their new cover story. The New York Post's Page Six picked up a sliver of an excerpt from the magazine, in which Mara appeared to say that her first-ever professional role, as a formerly obese girl who taunts and bullies overweight children, was "stupid" and "awful," amongst other unflattering things. The story took off (including getting picked up here at HuffPost) in part because the world knows so little about the 26-year-old actress at this point.
The incident proved instructive about the more inconvenient sides of celebrity.
Speaking to The Huffington Post in a discussion about her new film, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," Mara cleared up the situation and discussed how it reflects her career's progression.
You've said -- or at least I read -- that you didn't necessarily love your time during that "SVU" episode and some other shoots. So what was it about working with David Fincher on "Social Network" and now "Dragon Tattoo" that rekindled your passion?
First of all, the "SVU" thing -- that's just not true. That was my first job. It couldn't have been more exciting for me. It's an experience I hold very dear to my heart. People take things out of context, and that's just not the case. I was more nervous doing that job than I was doing this job ...
"Nightmare on Elm Street" [Mara starred in the 2010 remake of the horror film] was a really hard movie to make, and I didn't love the experience, but I would never take it back because I feel like I learned something from it and it brought me to my next job. I feel like every job I've ever had has led me to the next, and whether you like something or not, you always learn from it, and I think sometimes it's good to do those jobs that weren't necessarily easy to make, and you learn the most about yourself from those.
I immediately felt bad asking that question, because at this point, the story isn't so much whether you liked those shoots, but what the press and the Internet harps on.
It's really silly. People, especially with young girls, they feel the need to make them out to be a certain way, and I feel so grateful for any job I've ever gotten. I feel grateful for the student jobs I did, I feel grateful for being an extra in some of the things my sister did. I feel like every single job that I've done has shaped who I am and has led me to where I am now.
It's hard to have to talk about yourself all the time and things are out of context, and whatever that quote was, I don't know, but it's certainly not what I meant. If anything, I didn't mean that the storyline was ridiculous; I meant that humanity is ridiculous. I know that 'Law & Order' makes their episodes out of real things that are happening in the city, so to me, by "ridiculous" I meant that humanity is ridiculous. People are awful to one another; and to me, I find it ridiculous.
For more from Mara stay tuned for HuffPost's in-depth interview with the star later today.