'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Actress Gets a Hardcore Piercing for Role


Rooney Mara Allure cover
Rooney Mara
Many Oscar-winning actresses have drastically changed their appearances to "get into" character for their roles -- remember how Charlize Theron got "ugly" for Monster and Hilary Swank went "totally boy" for Boys Don't Cry. Gaining a little weight and cutting your hair is one thing, but Rooney Mara, star of the upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, actually went under the needle for her role. That's right! Mara got pierced in multiple places on her face AND body, just for the role.

To add authenticity to her character Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, who is described in Stieg Larsson's book of the same title, Mara got her ears, eyebrow, lip, and nose pierced for the film, and that's not all. She also got her right nipple pierced. About the nipple piercing, she told Allure magazine:

It was actually not that painful. Everyone thinks that would be the most painful ... I'm naked quite a lot in the movie. And I thought, She has it in the book, and she should have it [in the movie]. Because of all the tattoos and the makeup and the piercings, and the physical transformations my body has to go through, it would always feel sort of like I was in costume, even if I was naked. It just felt like a good one to get -- a necessary one to get.

Necessary huh? Wow, now that's professional dedication! Of course, I'm sort of not believing her when she says it didn't hurt that bad because when later asked in the interview if she has taken the nipple ring out since the movie wrapped, she said she hasn't. Wanna know why? Well, depending on the success of this first movie, there could be two movie sequels based on the other two Larsson books, and Mara says, "It's not something I want to ever get repierced. So I'm going to keep it in."

Yeah, it totally hurt. I knew it.

Have you ever had your nipple pierced? Would you?


Image via Allure

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Ms.Pu... Ms.PuNkrOckStar

Now she will have holes in her face and in her nipple xD But no piercings dont hurt that much. I have gotten several piercings but not the nipple

Jespren Jespren

I'd think this could be a detriment to catching future roles since healed peircings can leave noticable scars (especially on the nipples) and unhealed peircings are rather noticable.

Jecky... Jeckyls-mommy

That and if she takes it out and it heals, it will most definitely hurt the second time round cuz of scar tissue.

Anast... Anastazia975

I am a painted and pierced mom. The nipple piercing does not hurt every one. Not even the second time around. It's all about the piercer. Also, not every piercing is noticeable without jewelry. Again, have a very good piercer.

nonmember avatar Karen

I had my nipple pierced but took it out when my oldest was born because I nurse. It did not hurt to have it done but was sore after. It has closed up except for one side and when I nursed the second milk would come out. It does the same with the third.

TLVitale TLVitale

According to an interview in entertainment weekly, the nose and lip piercing are fake.

nonmember avatar Jay

Got 'em done in college. Everyone loves them. Just gives me an excuse to take my shirt off.

Gifte... GiftedMommy

Had my left nipple pierced for 5 years till I had my daughter so I could nurse.

LikeA... LikeAVirgin

I think pierced nipples on women is hot. I would love to get it done but I don't think my boobs are big enough lol. If they were bigger I would love to get one or both of them pierced.

Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

I have my nose pierced, and a scar from a labret piercing in the early 2000's. I like my nose ring, but my lip scar looks like an acne mark.

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