The February issue of Vogue features a profile of actress Rooney Mara, who played Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood/David Fincher version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie that debuted in December 2011. It’s a worthwhile character study of the Academy Award nominee.
The article opens with this word picture:
Before Rooney Mara was cast as Lisbeth Salander—the heroine of Stieg Larsson’s novels—the only thing edgy about her looks were her enviable cheekbones and piercing blue eyes. Her traditional beauty underscored her lineage: Born in 1985 in Bedford, a tiny suburb of New York, she is the great-granddaughter of the founders of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. But her preparation for her role as the antisocial computer hacker in the Millennium trilogy consumed her. Her chestnut locks vanished beneath a sheet of black, razor-sharp hair; her ivory skin was made somehow paler; she was covered in piercings and tattoos; and her girlish softness was replaced by sinew and muscle….