Rooney Mara Smiles for the Cameras

Posted on December 20, 2011

Rooney did some poledancing for her new movie on a couple talk shows lately. Since the celebrities have abandoned the red carpet this holiday season to spend time with their families, we suppose we have to turn to judging the styling on TV to pass the time. Because being judgmental never stops, kittens. It never takes a rest. And if you don’t express your judgmental opinions, why, all manner of terrible things will happen, from dry skin to oily discharges. Do it for yourself.

Rooney Mara on the ‘Today’ show in Roksanda Ilincic. 

Roksanda Ilincic Spring 2012 Collection

It’s a super-cute dress but it’s got some odd proportions, especially for sitting purposes. This is a cute “walking down the street” dress, but not necessarily a cute “sitting on a set” dress. Also, her hair and makeup freak us out a little.

Rooney Mara on the ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’’ in Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony  Mock Neck Slit Dress

This is much better both for TV and for sitting down. It’s an odd dress, but she’s on odd gal right now so it suits her. Don’t really love the shoes, mostly because we think the dress works much better with booties. But everything on her head is gangbusters. Hair and makeup  make her look cute and fresh instead of wan and a little crazy.

[Photo Credit: Getty, openingceremony.us, elle.com]

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  • Terence Ng

    Wow, she is SO adorably Audrey Hepburn in the second dress.

    • Anonymous

      Especially her eyebrows!!!

    • Anonymous

      YES.  She’s totally giving off an Audrey Hepburn vibe.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely. I immediately thought of Hepburn.

  • Jason Kramer

    Sexy Nun

  • Anonymous

    I really dig her look in general. If any woman can look beautiful while sporting the Moe Howard ‘do, then my hat is off to her.

    I think I like the white dress better. The black & white is nice, but I’m not fond of the fake dress unzipped over a shirt look. She looks like she is wearing a really expensive, fancy dickie.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      I was thinking that second look reminded me of a snake shedding its skin.

      • Anonymous

        A friend of mine chose really a really hideous green, formal, wrap, off-the-shoulder suit thing for us bridesmaids to wear in the early ’90s. I hated it. My husband, who is pretty diplomatic, said when I modeled it for him, “Well…you do kind of look like an unripe, half-peeled banana.” And he was so RIGHT!

  • Anonymous

    Love both looks completely. Hair, make-up all of it. Very stylish girl. 
    ********************
     lo yes, and so many times in the coming days will I be called upon to hold my tongue ,thank you from the bottom of my hateful and vindictive heart for the opportunity, indeed order with threat of curse, to express my honest opinion

    • Anonymous

      God, you and me both, Siren. You and me both.

  • Anonymous

    Hate the weird “I used to be a nun but then I quit but all I had was the old habit so I kind of chopped it up and repurposed it” dress, although her hair is certainly better in that pic. So, yeah, I like the white dress better and I don’t think it looks that bad sitting down, either.

  • http://twitter.com/seventhbrennan seventhbrennan

    I like the outfits, hair and make up but have a terrible desire to walk up behind her and pull her shoulders back. Posture check!

  • foodycat

    Hate the Rodarte. Looks like illusion netting got carried away. If the turtle neck bit had been a shade more contrasting to her skin it might have been better.

    • Alyson Lamble

      I’m not sure anything could have saved the Rodarte.  The Roksanda Ilicic looks great on her as long as she keeps the jet black hair.

      • foodycat

        I fear you are right! Poor love. Such a pretty girl.

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see her smile! (It’s my theme today. Don’t judge.)

  • Anonymous

    Both are adorable, and you are smokin’ something on the booties.  NOTHING looks better with booties.  I know your hate for the ankle strap pump, but my hatred of the bootie is stronger!  We’ll take it to the streets of Tokyo, Godzilla vs. Megalon-style!

    • Anonymous

      Oh this made me lmao!

    • Anonymous

      Amen sister! The only thing I hate more than booties is booties with peeptoes or other cutouts! 

      • foodycat

        Preach! Booties with peeptoes are satan’s own footwear. That’s why they have peeptoes, for the cloven hooves to poke through.

        • Anonymous

          omg – snorted ice water at “for the cloven hooves to poke through.”  LOVE THAT.

    • Judy_J

      I’m with you, sista!  Booties should only be worn with long pants.

      • Anonymous

        I like the bootie with skirt thing in the winter.  Keeps your feet warm and dry while still looking fashionable.  (and for those of us with wide calfs, booties with dark tights achieves the effect of the tall boots we can’t really wear).

        But the peeptoes are so inconsistent with the whole concept of a bootie that they look really stupid.  That’s why you see them on celebrites, but I have never seen a “real” person wearing them. 

    • http://squirrelsandpearls.wordpress.com/ Kelly

      I completely agree with you!  Booties worn with anything other than pants make the wearer look like a stumpy mess.  And if a supermodel with insane legs looks like a stumpy hobbit, there is no hope for a normal person.

    • http://squirrelsandpearls.wordpress.com/ Kelly

      I completely agree with you!  Booties worn with anything other than pants make the wearer look like a stumpy mess.  And if a supermodel with insane legs looks like a stumpy hobbit, there is no hope for a normal person.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the Rodarte, and love the wedges!

  • Susana Reyes

    Love the second look… most of all, the black shoes. :)

  • Anonymous

    She’s really cute, and I love her style.  I don’t think she can do too much with her hair, because she’s locked into playing Lisbeth in two more films over the next couple years, right?

    • aimee_parrott

      Yes on all counts.  I don’t think they’ve even set a shooting schedule for the second and third films (although why they don’t just do ‘em all at once, LOTR-style, I don’t understand).  I know it’s a demanding part, but I’d think she’d want to just do it and then be able to move on to better hair.

  • Anonymous

    The top…her hair looks like a plastic snapon wig.  LIke those kids dolls from way back.  Maybe she should try w/o the ponytail?  The make up is weird.  The dress is cute, but I agree…not for sitting.

    The bottom…her hair looks better.  The makeup seems a bit bare…a bit brighter lip, maybe?  The dress is cute, but I agree, the booties were better.  The maryjanes make her look like a pilgrim.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like such a cotton-headed ninny-muggins (sorry, too much ‘Elf’)—football nut that I am, I had to have some stupid announcer point out to me that she is direct from football royalty!  The Rooneys (Steelers) and the Maras (Giants).  DERP on me.

    P.S. She looks adorable in the second look.

    • Anonymous

      Dear God.  I am such a Steelers fan that I weep black and gold.  And I had NO idea that this young woman was part of THAT Rooney!  So thanks for the info.  And this makes it official:  You’re not the dimmest bulb in this here marquee!

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Her great-grandfather was Art Rooney — yeah, that one.  Her mother’s father father, I believe.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Her sister Kate sings at Giants games pretty regularly, too:)

  • Anonymous

    Second, she is SO pretty! Even though weird, (and the first is of course weirder) I’m glad to see that chances are still taken. But it’s so amazing to me that her recent styling has been so *remarkably* weird that I’d forgotten how darn pretty she is!! Sure, the part calls for it on-screen, and perhaps to a degree during promotions, but making herself into a basket-case-looking zombie 24/7 is totally unnecessary commitment! 

  • Anonymous

    I like the white dress and the whole look that goes with it.

    The Rodarte is clearly a post-menopause dress:  When the hot flash starts, pull the black part of the bodice down as far as you need to.  When it stops, pull the black bodice up again. 

    But seriously, I think it is a singularly ugly dress–a white turtleneck?  Seriously? 

    Boys, every time I read one of your lines about how so-and-so was “poledancing to promote” whatever, I chuckle. Every single time. 

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to jump in, but I personally hate that phrase and especially the frequency with which it’s deployed here. Even if I didn’t hate the comparison for my own reasons, objectively, I think there’s a difference between appearing on a respected talk show to discuss your starring role in a critically acclaimed Oscar-bait film/promote yourself as likeable offscreen vs, like, appearing in a Karl’s Jr. ad in a bikini to promote your “personality-based” reality show with you as the “star”. There are even times in the grey area in-between where it may be amusing. But maybe not every time there is any kind of promotion going on. If you’re going to use the phrase, please use it when derision is called for.

  • Anonymous

    Both dresses suit her very well. I like the hair and makeup MUCH better in the second set of photos. She’s got an adorable tomboy in a dress thing going on in that outfit.

  • MilaXX

    I agree the first dress is a standing/walking dress but I like that color on her. The second dress is odd looking but it works on her. I actually like the boots with it. I just wish she or whoever is doing her hair would continue to side sweep her bangs until they grow out a bit more.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, no, the boots look dreadful and clunky.  She definitely made a better footwear choice.

  • Allison Woods

    I kind of like the weird little white number. Can’t do the dickie look on the second dress. Agree on the way she’s done her hair in the second look.

    Does she not know what earrings are?

  • Anonymous

    She’s pretty odd but I think oddness works for her.  Sadly, I am afraid she is going to keep those bangs.  They, along with the pony tail, do not make for an attractive hairdo.  I like the little white dress.  It suits her.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      She might be keeping it for all the movies…

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Is she wearing any other colors besides black and white on her promo tour?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Love the 2nd look.

  • Anonymous

    Would have loved to see hair #2 with dress #1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1462762652 Tara Benchina Calise

    I really do not like the look she has now. The bangs, makeup and styling is so severe. It is not pretty at all.

  • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

    Audrey Hepburn Redo. Even her expression in the first picture — Not necessarily intentional, but she gives off the sweet fawn vibe here. I’m looking forward to Dragon…

  • Anonymous

    the first thing i thought before seeing the heading was “oh, someone’s trying to pose as audrey hepburn…”

    • Mary McClelland

      Or Winona Ryder in Reality Bites.

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

    No matter how many times I see her name, I still want to call her Mara Rooney.  Be that as it may, she’s just too adorable and quite chic here. I think I love her, though I agree with T-Lo that the Rodarte with the boots is definitely better, killer, in fact.

  • Anonymous

    She’s such a pretty girl and I like her look, but she looks slightly hunched over in these photos. Both dresses could definitely be improved by better posture.

  • Anonymous

    She pulling off the odd Rodarte very nicely. Somehow it works on her and I disagree on the shoes. I think the mary janes looks adorable with this and give the dress whole new look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

    Audrey Hepburn is back (little black dress #2 – seriously), and I actually don’t mind the makeup/banks with look #1

  • Anonymous

    I prefer her wan and crazy.

  • Anonymous

    I like the Rodarte dress better on her than on the model, and I disagree on the booties (I loathe booties with skirts just generally, and I’m a huge fan of Mary Janes). But oh my Bob, I’m turning into my mother: stand up straight, young lady!

  • Mary McClelland

    I really just don’t dig her style. It always seems like she’s trying too hard. And her hair is just ick. I had the same hair cut in second grade and I didn’t like it then either. Adult women shouldn’t have child’s hair – I don’t care how cute you think Twee reads.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18901391 Carolyn Daw

      I highly doubt it’s because she think it’s cute, more like it’s the unfortunate grow-out of hair for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

  • Anonymous

    I think she is adorable and I have a huge girl crush on her right now!  I love both looks.

  • Anonymous

    Yes she is locked into playing this character for the next two films. As to her being forced to keep the bangs for the next ___ years… a) they’re filming the second and third movie all at once, so that should shorten the time she’s devoted to the film’s look and b) I think Salander’s hair grows out as time passes in between and during the books. There’s a line in book 3 that suggests her look has become unremarkable (sans crazy hair, face piercings, visible tattoos…) to the point where she notably doesn’t “look insane”. Lisbeth’s appearance and how it’s manipulated is pretty critical to the plot at several stages, so hopefully, Ms. Mara won’t be stuck with those painfully short bangs for long.

  • Anonymous

    Rodarte is the work of the devil.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get the huge vertical darts on the first dress. Very unflattering and awkward. The second dress is fun and looks good. A bit of the maid black dress with white collar going on but in a fresh way. 

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    oh i love the model in that white dress!

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    oh and she is quiet beautiful, im jealous 

  • Anonymous

    i like both dresses. actually, i like the second one better w/ the mary janes than w/ the booties. odd for me, but yeah. otoh, why that thing is called an, & i quote, Mock Neck Slit Dress, well, i have no idea. the mock neck i see but i’m looking for the slit in the dress & i see none. what i think is they were trying to catch an unnecessary edge by entitling it that, which is kinda sorta offensive to me. i do have a friend who slit his throat, so you see. he didnt die that time.

    not her fault but still not a good name for a dress. even though the dress, itself, is very nice.

    • Anonymous

      I think the slit in the dress refers to the black “over dress” thing and its neckline. It looks like a high-necked dress that has been slit down the neckline and peeled back to create a wrap effect. So, the black part is the slit neck and the mock is the white under shirt. I called it a fancy dickie in my comment. (Sorry about your friend and the unpleasant association the dress’s name recalled.)

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    she’s doing something so smart for her career. now that the red carpet has really become an enormous portion of image, she’s working against possible future typecasting. lisbeth salander may be a role that makes her career, and she’ll be fielding all kinds of offers to play edgy, dark characters. however, by showing up prim and proper on the red carpet and for talk shows, she’s showing her audience and potential bosses that she is much more than the one rebel archetype, and can work wholesome and demure as well, thus opening up doors to a much more versatile future body of work.

  • Anonymous

    they’re pushing a little audrey hepburn vibe on her. Lets do something besides that ponytail though shall we? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    I’m fine with weird, but both of these dresses are just shapeless, colorless and blah. 

  • Anonymous

    That first dress is definitely NOT a “sitting for an interview” dress and I hate her overly severe hair and tired make up.  But that Rodarte dress is perferct for her, the event and the season, LOVE IT.  And I must disagree, great shoe choice.  The booties were too heavy and reminded me of the edgy girl who wore boots to the prom.

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    Anyone else have to stop while scrolling through the photos because the runway model looks a lot like Diana Argon?

  • Anonymous

    You know, if you’re not paying attention it kind of looks like she’s wearing the black dress over the white dress! Strange…

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Nope, like the first look better. There is something sad about the top of that Rodarte dress. I don’t know if it’s the weird little lapels? The naked shoulders. It looks sloppy to me.

  • Sarah Thomas

    I don’t know, I liked the first look. It was gamine. She reminded me of Audrey Tautou.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a huge Rodarte fan, but I really like this dress. I really love both dresses, but you’re right about the sitting thing with the first. She’s growing out those bangs from the movie, so the poor thing’s at a tough place. I think this length looks cute on her.

  • Anonymous

    I love how daring she is with her clothes, and while that hair is growing out it’s going to look a little severe.  I guess she’s keeping it jet black to play up the role, but I like her better in her natural brunette state.

  • Anonymous

    She looks a little like Audrey in that last shot! Like, to the degree that she could probably play her in a biopic.

    Nice to see her do something cute with those bangs.

  • Anonymous

    Love the Rodart on her!

  • Anonymous

    I like her odd choices and the fact that she doesn’t seem quite comfortable in the spotlight yet (I’m only going by photos here).  She comes off as slightly dorky, which I love.

  • Ebony Dawkins

    I can’t wait for her bangs to grow out a little.