ROONEY MARA recently talked to celebrity news about getting her nipple pierced—as well as the other drastic changes she had to undergo—for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” which premiered on Monday at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, and we’ve got all (or most) of the gory details.
Rooney, who plays pierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander in the film adaptation of the novel “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson, had to undergo a drastic and scary makeover for the role.
Which is totally fine… a lot of actors have to do crazy things to make their character seem as authentic as possible. But has anyone ever had their nipple pierced, like Rooney?
The actress tells Allure:
“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.”
In addition to the nipple piercing (which she got on her right nipple), Rooney also got her lip, nose, brow and ears (multiple times) pierced. And out of all those punctures, you’d think the one in her nipple would hurt the most… but Rooney admits:
“It was actually not that painful… Everyone thinks that would be the most painful.”
What must have been painful—at least to us, and probably to a lot of other girls out there—was the fact that Rooney also had to chop off her luscious brown locks, dye the remaining hair black, and style it into the crazy, goth-ish Lisbeth Salander haircut.
“I had parts of my head shaved… I was in that character for over a year. If you’re going to do it, you have to do it.”
And she wasn’t upset about it either! She says:
“People always ask, ‘Were you crying when they cut your hair?’ And it didn’t freak me out at all. I was really happy to do it.”
Rooney’s such a trooper, isn’t she? Other girls would probably need years of therapy to get over all the mutilation she endured to prepare for her role, but she’s just “happy to do it.”
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