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Although she had roles in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Social Network, Rooney Mara gained mainstream success when she played heroine Lisbeth Salander in the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
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She cut, shaved and dyed her hair black, bleached her eyebrows, and got body piercings. The film was released in 2011 to much critical acclaim, and Mara was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress.
Mara has carried on the tradition of philanthropy in her family, founding Faces of Kibera, a charity that provides food, medicine, and housing to orphans in Nairobi, a slum in Kenya. Mara is close with her family, and while she didn't love football growing up, she says it's the glue that holds them together. She has lived in Los Angeles since January 2011.
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