Rooney Mara covers the November issue of Vogue in anticipation of her forthcoming film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which comes out in December. In lieu of any visible ink, Mara wears a dress with an embroidered dragon pattern for the cover shot; in Jonathan Van Meter's accompanying article, she discusses her breasts, or more specifically, a pierced nipple, which is exposed on one of the film's posters. "There’s a certain way people are used to seeing nude women, and that’s in a submissive, coy pose, not looking at the camera," Mara tells Vogue. "And in this poster, I’m looking dead into the camera with no expression on my face ... I think it freaks a lot of people out."
In addition to getting several facial piercings and half her head shaved, Mara also had to lose weight for the role of Lisbeth Salander, which was a decidedly more awkward topic than her naked breasts:
When a waiter appears to take our order, we are all looking at our menus, but I see out of the corner of my eye [David Fincher, the film's director] nudging Mara. He says with quiet seriousness, “You can eat.” I look up to see her reaction. Mara rolls her eyes, and Fincher laughs. “You can have lettuce and a grape. A raisin if you must.” She orders a piece of fish and barely touches it. In the book, Salander is described as boyish and awkward, “a pale, anorexic young woman who has hair as short as a fuse" ... “One of the things that make our version that much more heartbreaking,” says Mara, “is that even though I am playing a 24-year-old, I look much younger. I look like a child.” I ask if she had to get unhealthily skinny for the role. She says, “Umm ... not really.”
“It hasn’t been too hard for her,” Fincher quickly adds.
Rooney Mara: Playing with Fire [Vogue]