Rooney Mara for The NY Times T Style Magazine

Posted on August 27, 2013

These are some seriously serious sweaters, you guys.


Rooney Mara is featured in the The NY Times T Style Women’s Fall Fashion 2013 issue photographed by David Sims and styled by Joe McKenna.

“In high school, people thought I was stuck-up because I didn’t talk to anyone. It was just because I was shy and scared, but I think because I’m super-self-possessed that it doesn’t come across as scared so much as stuck-up. I would hear what people thought and be like, ‘No! I’m actually nice!’ But now people can think whatever they want.”

“I haven’t worked since last Thanksgiving and I have no plans on working anytime soon. After a movie I always feel a little lost. While you’re doing it you feel like you’re having some sort of revelation, like it’s real, and then its over and you’re like, ‘That was not real.’”

Céline Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Hilary Rhoda (OUI)

Hermès Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Mariacarla Boscono (VIVA)

Jil Sander Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Kirstin Kragh Liljegren


It’s her schtick and she does it well, we suppose. Certainly the images are arresting and the styling looks fabulous. We don’t know. We’re feeling like it’s time for her style to evolve. We realize she didn’t style herself here, but they’re clearly working within the boundaries of a specific style she’s cultivated and maintained for a good while now.



[Photo Credit: David Sims for T Style Magazine,]

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    • MilaXX

      yeah, I’m over her and this Audrey bot thing.

      • buttercup

        Yeah, let’s just change her face or something.

        • alyce1213

          And perhaps she could change her facial expression. The operative thing for me is “bot.”

        • Sarah

          Nobody said she needed to change her face.

        • MilaXX

          Nothing wrong with her face that a smile can’t cure

          • Rand Ortega

            Any old expression besides blank would do just fine.

            • Little_Olive

              This ^

      • Spicytomato1

        Hmm. I really like the Audrey bot thing myself. And I like how she’s developed sort of a signature style, vs. trying and discarding a variety of styles/schticks. Her existence doesn’t irk me like it seems to irk so many others. Although I don’t disagree that some new facial expressions would be refreshing.

        • lamamu

          There’s something to a girl knowing what works on her and sticking with it.

        • melisaurus

          I agree, atleast her style has room to explore. There are other people where their style is very limiting like Jen Anniston or Heidi…

    • crash1212

      Love those sweaters. Can’t hardly wait for Fall.

    • Kitkat

      Every time I see her face, I am amazed at how much she looks like a female Tom Hiddleston. If they ever start playing with Loki’s gender-bending in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here’s their Lady Loki.

      • MauveSF

        Your post gave me a ‘It’s a duck and a rabbit!’ moment. I would have never made that connection, but now it seems so obvious.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I thought the exact same thing when I got to that last shot – it’d never occurred to me before though!

      • embers618

        Yes, I think this every time I see her looking straight on. It’s not so striking in profile. I’d love to see her look straight into the camera on her next RC and give her best Loki grin!

      • foodycatAlicia

        Or Sebastian and Viola in Twelfth Night, directed by Joss Whedon. Let’s start a kickstarter.

        • Kitkat

          You’ve got my money for it!

      • Kimmu

        That last photo really does highlight how similar their faces are.

        Though the comic pedant in me goes that they already have their Lady Loki actress, as Lady Loki as I am sure most people picture him, is Loki in Sif’s body thus Lady Loki would be Jaimie Alexander and that would be all sorts of fun to see her pull that off. Actual, shape shifted into a woman Loki is harder to come by in the Marvel universe.

      • fursa_saida

        You’re a genius,

    • kimmeister

      I had no idea the NY Times had a style magazine.

    • NoveltyRocker

      The snagging and rubbing that must be happening on those cinderblocks, eep!

    • Random Compliments

      I love me some Rooney.

    • Bethany Fairbrother

      She’s amazing, but haters gotta hate.

    • In_Stitches

      She has a bit of a dumb stare in most photos, like she’s thinking, “I could really go for some cheese”. I kind of love that about her. I think she’s workin’ it.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      I now have an unholy lust for that Hermes cape. S’mine!!!

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I think she looks striking and oddly beautiful, which somehow goes with her interview.

    • Karl Schappell

      Nah, the bitch is amazing. Giving some delicious face!!

    • Figgy

      Christ, I wish I had the kind of life where I could just say “Oh, I haven’t worked since last year, but it’s cool. I’ve found myself” and then just go tra-la-la-ling around in giant sweaters without having to earn a living.


      • MilaXX

        The family owns a very successful sports team, she’s never had to struggle as an actress.

        • mlle

          She’s descended from, and named after the owners of, TWO successful sports teams (the Rooneys own the Steelers, the Maras own the Giants).

      • Laura Renee

        Yeah, that was really irritating to me too. Last Thanksgiving was almost a year ago now — and what’s even more galling was her casual admission that she doesn’t *intend* to start working anytime soon, either. Do these people ever hear themselves, or are they so tightly encased in the celebrity bubble that they don’t need to think about the other 99% of the population?

        • Little_Olive

          If she had started the phrase with something like “I’m very lucky because…”, would you feel different about it? I mean I know it may sound cruel in comparison with others’ reality, but why should she feel bad that she is able to do it?
          Most hollywood stars take time off, anyway, thanks to most ridiculous paychecks which no one seems to complain about.

          • Laura Renee

            That would have at least acknowledged her privilege, yeah, and that she’s very fortunate to be able to just stop working for however long and not worry about food, shelter, or health care. Not asking for guilt, just a little self-awareness.

            • Denise Alden

              But that’s the thing about privilege, isn’t it? We never see when we have it!

    • alyce1213

      The quotes have me scratching my head, for example “. . . shy and scared” AND “super-self-possessed.” Eh? People who are self-possessed (even regular, not super) aren’t shy and scared, they’re assured and confident. Maybe she doesn’t have a good vocabulary, maybe she meant “super-self-centered” or “super-self-absorbed.”
      As to the photos, meh. She’s still not working.

      • filmcricket

        Disagree. You can be sure of yourself and yet not be sure that other people will accept who you are. You can be scared to talk to people and yet not walk around with the mein of a puppy looking to be whipped. You can be good company for yourself and yet doubt your ability to be good company for others.

        • alyce1213

          We live in society with other people and have to see ourselves in that context as well as our personal self-perception. Maybe the kids in high school didn’t think she was nice because she really wasn’t nice, even though she thought she was.

          • filmcricket

            I don’t see what that has to do with your original comment. You were quibbling with her use of “self-possessed” and I’m saying it’s possible to be self-possessed AND shy at the same time.

            • alyce1213

              It has everything to do with what she said — about how she sees herself and how others perceive her.

            • filmcricket

              But I’m responding to you, not to her. Your original comment was a semantic quibble, and that’s what I was responding to. “Self-possessed” means calm, serene, in control of oneself. If you don’t see how that’s totally compatible with “shy” then I don’t know what to say.

              It’s certainly possible that she was actually stuck-up. But it’s also possible that she genuinely is shy and yet refused to behave like a wall-flower, which would come off as stuck-up to people who didn’t know better.

            • alyce1213

              Semantic argument. I define self-possessed differently than you. My definition includes Presence, which requires the observation of others.

      • Imasewsure

        Yeah I wasn’t really buying that one too although I get what she says about people misunderstanding her motives… luckily high school is a long time ago (even for her!)

      • Alloy Jane

        I’m with filmcricket. Plenty of introverts are fully self-possessed. You don’t need to be self-loathing to be shy. Shyness is about being reserved with others, self-possession has to do with internal placidity so the two qualities are independent of each other.

        • alyce1213

          Wait – Who said anything about self-loathing?

          • Alloy Jane

            I did. I said “you don’t need to be self-loathing to be shy,” but feel free to strike that sentence if you like. Shyness and self-possession still remain independent of each other, as do presence and self-possession. You don’t have to go far in Hollywood to find someone with presence who is terribly insecure, aka NOT self-possessed. These things do not go hand in hand.

    • ali meowmeow

      I would like to see her be the one to shatter this b&w trend on the red carpet.

    • Just Me

      She looks like she woke up in a Kafka novel…and interviews like it, too.

    • Imasewsure

      She’s giving off an O’Keefe/Kahlo vibe in the close up which I like. Love it when an actor doesn’t rush from project to project too. I wouldn’t have worked since Thanksgiving too if I had the $$ and the clout so YOU GO GURL!

    • Jacquelyn

      I like the third sweater.

    • elemspbee

      I don’t know. I think something quite magical is happening with the third foto face.

      And yes Rooney, that was not real. it’s a movie.

    • nannypoo

      I actually think she looks better when she’s on the red carpet staring vapidly into the camera. And I’m glad she finally grew out those ridiculous bangs. She’s a very pretty woman but she’s starting to come across as odd.

    • viridian61

      Those are some swell sweaters, even in b&w

    • Glammie

      Two thoughts:
      How hard would it be to knit Sweater no. 3?

      Rooney Mara has no sense of humor, does she?

      • DB Ruberto

        With you on the knitting… but I was thinking about that Hermes and how to modify it a bit..

    • nowlo

      If it ain’t broke, why fix it? She’s found her style niche and it works for her. Which means she’s ahead of ~90% of other celebrities out there.

    • filmcricket

      I imagine when you work with auteurs, particularly when you’re young, and particularly back to back, your view of the world probably does get warped a bit. In the last four years she’s worked with Fincher, Malick and Soderbergh. I’d need time off too.

      Agreed, though, that it’d be nice to see someone style her differently. She’s in danger of becoming to Fincher what the ice-blondes were to Hitchcock, if that makes any sense.

      • ankali

        How is that a bad thing, though? The Hitchcock blonde is an icon.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      otoh, maybe that’s her brand.

    • Michelle Wilson

      I love that first one, both the sweater and the photograph. I know they’re impractical but I love really creative sculptural clothing, especially winter knits because it’s the only time of year you don’t mind wearing something a little bulky.

    • akprincess72

      In the last picture she reminds me of Daniel Craig for some reason…

      • In_Stitches

        Maybe it’s a Dragon Tattoo flashback? They were costars in that. Although she shares his resolute/pensive stare, so it could certainly be that as well.

        • akprincess72

          Shouldn’t be, I never saw the movie, though I know he was in it. I think you’ve got it on the resolute/pensive thing. She’s kind of got the 1,000 yd. killer Bond stare. They look as if they could be related.

    • ankali

      Where would she go next, then? Her style is minimal, edgy, & very grownup, so I’m not sure what evolution would look like from here. (I am not great at fashion, style, & vision.)

    • Alloy Jane

      Audreybot is an inorganic entity incapable of evolution. The user must root the Audreybot in order to reprogram, but this will void the manufacturers warranty. Root at users own risk.

      But srsly folks, those sweaters are ugly. Although this:

      “After a movie I always feel a little lost. While you’re doing it you feel like you’re having some sort of revelation, like it’s real, and then its over and you’re like, ‘That was not real.’”

      That’s exactly how I feel after I read fiction. And now in my little fantasy world, her and Mayim Bialik will become best friends and she will do a guest spot on the BBT as Koothrappali’s new, robot-like girlfriend. Kinda like when he was dating Siri. Trust me, it’ll be awesome.

    • MzzPants

      She resembles Cillian Murphy in that second shot.

    • hankdiggles

      The high ISO in some of these photos is fucking killing me.


    • Qitkat

      She is one of those whom I appreciate so much more in motion, whereas her nuances are largely lost in still photos, as she loves that thousand yard stare thing.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      The second one’s okay, but that first one has got to go. I get that it’s more editorial, but it just overwhelms her. And it’s not that she’s too skinny – she’s made for designer clothes like that, that isn’t the issue. The issue is that I can’t see a girl of normal size wearing it either.

      • mlle

        It hurts that we can’t see her lower body in the photo, to contrast the shape of her legs with the bulkiness of the sweater.

    • RussellH88

      I’m just happy to see some sweaters. It’s getting close to the time of year when pale nerds like myself can venture from our lairs without fear of bursting into flames.

    • hillmad

      Those sweaters just say stifling sweat and unbearable itch to me! Damn this menopause!

    • SM

      I keep expecting Spinal Tap to jump out and start playing Stonehenge.

    • sagecreek

      I can’t, it’s still triple-digits here. I don’t even want to LOOK at a sweater.

      • RedRaven617

        I was thinking exactly the same thing. Triple digits here and I started sweating the minute I saw the photos.

    • dalgirl

      That first sweater is shaped like a hockey jersey-just needs a stick and some knee pads-

    • Shawn EH

      Love the Jil Sander plaid; other two are drab.

    • PastryGoddess

      ya know Rooney, if you have to TELL people you’re self-possessed…you probably aren’t

    • Julia

      I have no desire to work until Thanksgiving either, Audreybot.

    • formerlyAnon

      I like the Hermes.

    • clairellis

      “‘While you’re doing it you feel like you’re having some sort of revelation, like it’s real, and then its over and you’re like, ‘That was not real.’”–you’re an actress by definition your work isn’t real. Ugh, she annoys me.