Rooney Mara Should Stop Bashing Hollywood Before It Hurts Her Career

Oh, Rooney Mara. I want to like her so much, since she absolutely rocked as Lisbeth Salander in the David Fincher version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and obviously worked her tiny ass off to get the job. But someone in her life needs to gently take her hand, look her in the eyes, and tell her to STFU ... before she turns into yet another starlet who sabotaged a promising career by bad-mouthing her former acting gigs.

Mara earned a lot of unwanted attention recently when she described her former Law & Order: SVU acting break as "awful," and unfortunately, it seems she hasn't quite learned her lesson. Her latest diss? A 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street role, which she said she "didn't even want."

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The complaint about her Law & Order role came during an interview with Allure, when Mara was quoted as saying,

It was so awful. So stupid. Me and my boyfriend — although I [didn't] look old enough to have a boyfriend — went and beat up these fat people, and at the end of the show you find out that I used to be obese and I hate fat people. It’s ridiculous. Who would ever do that? (...) People are obsessed with that show. I don’t get it.

Well, I have to say I agree with her that the Law & Order storyline sounds abysmally stupid, but dude, that's the sort of thing you chuckle about ruefully when you're accepting your lifetime achievement award and someone cracks a joke about that terrible movie you made 15 years ago—you don't rip on your previous acting jobs when you're a 26-year-old actress with one breakout role under your belt.

Mara also told Entertainment Weekly that her 2010 Elm Street role discouraged her from acting:

You kind of learn to self-sabotage with things you don't want to get. Sometimes you don't want to get something, but you do a really good job and you get in anyway. That's kind of [what happened] with A Nightmare on Elm Street -- I didn't even really want it. And then I went in [to audition], and I was like, "F**k. I definitely got that." (...) I was like, this isn't what I signed up for. If this is what my opportunities are going to be like, then I'm not that interested in acting.

The problem here isn't really that she's being honest about the shitty jobs she's had—who among us hasn't done that?—it's that in the movie industry, it's a really bad idea to badmouth your former employers. Anyone remember Megan Fox's "honesty"?

I mean, I can’t shit on (Transformers) because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting.

That little comment, along with others, got Fox booted from the third Transformers installment.

Katherine Heigl is another actress known for publicly dissing Grey's Anatomy, the TV show that made her famous, and going on to criticize her own summer blockbuster Knocked Up:

Knocked Up paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as goofy, fun-loving guys ... It was hard for me to love the movie.

Where's Heigl now? Festering in a putrid series of critically-panned rom-coms, that's where.

Man, I'd hate to see something similar happen to Rooney Mara, because she's clearly incredibly talented as an actress and willing to go the extra mile to shine in a role. I'm guessing her recent missteps are less related to any major bitterness about past jobs, and more to do with the bizarre experience of having to suddenly do so much publicity for Dragon Tattoo. Her recent interview with The Huffington Post certainly makes it sound like she's learned a thing or two on how to control her own spin:

I feel like every job I've ever had has led me to the next, and whether you like something or not, you always learn from it, and I think sometimes it's good to do those jobs that weren't necessarily easy to make, and you learn the most about yourself from those. (...) It's hard to have to talk about yourself all the time and things are out of context.

Much better.

Do you think an actress in Rooney Mara's position needs to be careful with public comments like she's made?

 

Image via The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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