It’s easy to be dismissive now that Rooney Mara is on top of the world. But when the star of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was cast as Nancy Holbrook in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I guarantee she was excited. It was a pretty huge step up from her role in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary.
Now that Mara is a big star, she’s comfortable downplaying a role other actresses would have killed for. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she explains that she didn’t want the role, and even tried to sabotage her chances.
“You kind of learn to self-sabotage with thing you don’t want to get,” she tells the magazine. “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, [whispering] “F—. I definitely got that.”
Kind of an insulting story to reminisce on, although I understand her embarrassment. Still, she doesn’t have to piss all over a film that she clearly used as a career stepping stone; treat it like a battle wound and wear it like a badge of honor. There’s nothing I hate more than excuses…