Rooney Mara for Interview Magazine

Posted on March 08, 2013

Audreybot gets the opportunity work a lens for Interview and runs with it.

Rooney Mara covers the March 2013 issue of Interview magazine photographed by Mikael Jansson.

On reviews: “I tend to not put too much credence in what other people think, but then, of course, you are curious as to what other people think and you want people to respect you. So, I don’t know. At the end of the day, I am so much more critical of myself than anyone else could be, and I know when something I’ve done is really bad or kind of good.”

On nudity: “I certainly don’t want to be involved in anything that is gratuitous, but I don’t think the human body is something to be ashamed of. Every other person on the planet has the same parts as I do. So seeing them shouldn’t be a huge shock to most people.”

Calvin Klein Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Antonina Vasylchenko

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Ruby Aldridge (NEXT)

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Ruby Jean Wilson


She really needs to take a page from Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett and just take an entire year or two to allow herself to be feted by the fashion world. It should be glossy editorial after glossy editorial, straight down the line. Our point: she’s that rare star who’s possibly better at modeling than she is at her chosen profession. We’d say the same about Swinton and Blanchett, who are also world-class in their modeling skills, but they’ve long since proven themselves to be equally as world class in their acting abilities.

We don’t mean that Rooney should give up acting – or even that she’s not a good actress. We’re just saying that Swinton and Blanchett really benefited from working their naturally chic selves to the delight of the fashion world and wound up getting a lot of fantastic press for it. So much so, that neither of them seem to feel that they need to do it all that often anymore. Rooney’s a good actress and a promising talent and she’s just post-fetally young. She’s got a hot career ahead of her if she does it right. Work that lens every chance you get, girl. You’re building an image click by click of the shutter.


[Photo Credit: Mikael Jansson for Interview,]

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  • Pants_are_a_must

    I very much enjoyed her work in Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, personally, and I thought her poledance for that movie should’ve merited many more forays into the fashion world after. She’s very striking when she wants to be. Strike the iron while it’s still hot for you, Mara, and it could be you and Saoirse Ronan who eventually take the mantle from Blanchett and Swinton.

  • jackiexx

    she looks absolutely striking, especially in the cover shot, can’t wait for the Girl who Played with Fire to come out!! 

    • Kristin McNamara

      ITA. In that cover though, I thought it was Dianna Agron for a second! 

  • Sobaika

    What a striking editorial. She can work a camera, certainly.

    I do think her very specific aesthetic may get tiring, for me anyway.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Girl, you take that stellar advice from dear Uncles T and Lo and you run all the way to the bank with it!

  • MilaXX

    I haven’t seen her in any interviews just RC when she’s doing press for her movies. I do like her RC choices and she wasn’t awful in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It will be nice to see how her career plays itself out.

  • SewingSiren

    The camera loves her. And she has the ability to make dresses with lots of cut outs and skin look very refined and elegant.

  • lalagigi

    The cover shot is mesmerizing.

  • Muyserin

    The way she turned that mod Marc Jacobs into something straight out of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, is simply astonishing!

  • charlotte

    It’s just that Cate and Tilda (and whoever decides what they are doing) seem to be more versatile in their editorials. Rooney should really stop with that Lisbeth Salander shtick and show different (softer?) sides.

    • Sobaika

      Pretty much. I don’t know about softer, but a little variety never hurt anyone.

  • j_anson

    Still, can’t resist noting that not EVERYONE on the planet has the same parts she does. Heh.

    • DamiaRain

      I took her quote (“every other person”) to mean 1 out of every 2 people have the same parts -> every other person is a woman and every other, other person is a man.. :)

      • j_anson

        Heh. Fair enough.

  • libraangel

    LOL – She is a bot. She wants to listen to people, she doesn’t want to. She wants to be nude, she doesn’t. She wants to look good, she doesn’t. What is with eyebrows this year – are they meant to look like furry centipedes?!

  • Danielle Lisle

    It’s funny, I’m not really a fan of the Maison top on the runway, but on Rooney it sings.

  • Veronika Kaufmann

    A classic beauty reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood. Her beauty will endure. 

  • suzq

    She managed to get a shape out of that Marc Jacobs car wash dress.  I’m impressed.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    what an intriguing young woman.  her attitude towards the body fits with mine exactly.  we all have the same parts, what’s everyone so excited about?  priceless.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    No really, in the thumb nail I was 100% sure that was Elijah Wood. 

    • Spicytomato1

      Ha! I thought it was Juliette Lewis.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    It’s amazing how different she looks in bot-mode, than she did in The Social Network.  

    But what is going on with her head in that second picture? Where her hair meets the background?

  • Shannon Stewart

    I just always try to picture her in a jersey, watching a football game, and there’s such a disconnect there that it gives me vertigo.  

  • Alyssa

    She definitely knows how to work the camera. I would like to see her being a little more fun, but that’s because I think everyone looks better when they smile, especially on the carpet!

  • Carina

    Love her, love these pictures. She and her sister are on my list of favorite young actors.

  • mjude

    please follow our dear TLO’s advice girl. 

  • Sara__B

    The lens loves her. Thanks for sharing this with us, T Lo!

  • kschwarting

    There is something about the planes of her face that is really striking.

  • f_yeah_marie

    I think the Dragon Tattoo movie (hopefully trilogy!) was the best thing to happen to her image.  I don’t recall Rooney ever having this kind of style before that film and it looks like she’s so comfortable with it now that you can’t imagine how she used to be before it.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Yeah, there was a remark David Fincher made on the Dragon Tattoo commentary where he said that Rooney had been wearing all feminine stuff, printed dresses and the like, prior to getting the Lisbeth role and that when it came time to shoot scenes where Lisbeth dresses as “Irene Nesser” and wears more feminine garb, she was “crawling out of her skin” because she was so used to wearing the more severe-seeming stuff by that point/

  • Monique Jones

    I would love to see tons of Rooney Mara editorials. Maybe she was a model in a former life. 

  • lrober03

    This is fantastic.  Looking at just the runway shots for each outfit, I would never have guessed they would look so amazing in an editorial.  She is improving all of them

  • Imasewsure

    Great face, great looks (and a photographer who knows what to do with it!). 

  • Shawn EH

    Mikael Jansson knows his Man Ray photography; she’s channeling 20th century avant-garde, as usual.

    • Kristin McNamara

      I just love that that photographer’s name looks like it came right out of the Dragon Tattoo books! So Swedish!

      • Shawn EH

         And that Noomi Rapace gets similarly arch spreads in mags!

    • libraangel

      stealing from Man Ray?!

      • Shawn EH

         Well, Man Ray can’t patent solarization (as in the 2nd shot) or even the “Rayograph,” so let’s call it an homage!

  • Gabriella M

    Love her in that Maison Martin Margiela dress – the shrink wrapped look reminds me of Warhol prints, which is apropos for Interview. 

  • flamants

    Does anyone else think she’s a dead ringer for Dianna Agron in the cover pic?

    • Kristin McNamara

      Whoops! Just posted this as a reply to someone higher up. Should’ve scrolled!
      But YES, omg, all I can see in that cover is DA.. Rooney would’ve been like, my fourth guess as to who that is, if someone asked me.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Hot damn, the girl with the dragon tattoo was one of the most surprising and funny and smart and intense creatures I have seen on screen in years. I am very curious about her just based on that. But I agree, she does this kind of thing very well indeed.

  • Comus

    In an interview with Vogue earlier this year, Rooney Mara described the red carpet as an annoying part of her job, “because I’m not a model, and I don’t want to be.  I didn’t try to be a style icon.  I’m just not that interested in that world.  But it does matter, and either I fight that or I just have to accept that it is a part of my job, and I may as well wear things that I like and that represent me.”

    • libraangel

      “I’m not a model” but I will appear in a magazine and get paid lots for it, bitch!

  • quiltrx

    She really is a fabulous thing, isn’t she?

  • MissAmynae

    Love her, unreservedly. Stunning pictures, per usual. She’s just a natural charisma with a camera. 

    I’m seeing great things in her future.

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful cover!

  • iheartbuffy

    She is serving up FACE on the cover!!! Girl has some lens working skills just waiting to break out. Not TOTALLY impressed with the other two… thinking of flipping through the actual magazine…

  • kathrineb

    I hate all the nasty effects they added to the ‘interview’ masthead. Looks really cheap and 90’s.