In 2015 Rooney Mara won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her role as Therese in Carol, a performance that would also receive a nomination for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. Rooney Mara mesmerized audiences and critics alike in the David Fincher directed U.S. adaptation of the popular Stieg Larsson book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In a three- picture deal, to include The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Mara portrays the female lead Lisbeth Salander opposite Daniel Craig and Robin Wright. For this role, Rooney was recognized by the National Board of Review for Breakthrough Performance as well as earned a Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress, Drama.
In 2013, Rooney 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. Also in 2013, Mara starred in Side Effects directed by Steven Soderbergh and opposite Channing Tatum and Jude Law. Rooney appeared in the Academy® & Golden Globe® Best Picture nominated film Her, directed by Spike Jonze and also starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, and will next be seen starring alongside Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman in the Untitled Terrence Malick film. She will work again with director Garth Davis in See-Saw Film’s Mary Magdalene, currently in production.
In addition, Rooney will star in Stephen Daldry’s film Trash, set in the slums of Brazil with a script written by Richard Curtis, in Pan, directed by Joe Wright (with Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried) and also in Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture along with Vanessa Redgrave and Jeremy Irons.
Additional film credits include Tanner Hall, directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg; David Fincher’s The Social Network; The Weinstein Company’s Youth in Revolt and The Winning Season opposite Sam Rockwell.
On the small screen, Rooney’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.