Rooney Mara Biography, Love life, Career and More

American Rooney Mara is Two times Oscar-nominated actress.  She began acting in television and independent films, such as the coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall, and first gained recognition for a supporting role in David Fincher’s biographical drama The Social Network. She is renowned as Therese Belivet of Carol and Lisbeth of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Last, in 2018, she appeared in the movie Mary Magdalene as Mary. She is also a co-owner of the clothing line, Hiraeth.

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As of now, she is filming for a thriller film, Nightmare Alley. Next, she will make her appearance in A House in the Sky as Amanda Lindhout. Back in 2015, she has caught up in the controversy when she portrayed the character of the native American, Tiger Lee in the movie, PAN. At the time, her casting in the role was backlashed as referred to as whitewashing. She has over 11.3k followers on Facebook, over 71.1k followers on Instagram, and over 23k followers on Twitter.

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Rooney Mara Biography

She was born on the 17th of April 1985 in Bedford, New York. Her father, Timothy Christopher Mara, is currently employed as the vice president of player evaluation for the ‘New York Giants,’ a professional football team founded by his grandfather, Tim Mara. Her mother, Kathleen McNulty is a part-time real-estate agent. Rooney’s family owns the ‘Pittsburgh Steelers,’ another well-known professional football team competing in the ‘National Football League’ (NFL). Patricia is the third of the four children of her parents. She has an older brother named Daniel and an older sister named Kate, who is also a successful actor. She also has a younger brother named Conor. They are of mixed (British-Irish-Italian-Germanic-French) ethnicity.

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                         Rooney Mara with her siblings

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Love Life of Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara is in a relationship with her co-actor, Joaquin Phoenix. They started dating each other back in 2016. In July 2019, they announced that they engaged with each other. However, the wedding date is still unknown. The lovebirds are expecting their first child. They shared the news with their fans in May 2020. Recently, in late September 2020, this couple blessed with a child. They named him after Joaquin’s late brother name River Phoenix. Previously, Mara was in a relationship with the director, Charlie McDowell. They started dating in 2010. Eventually, they broke up with each other after six years in 2016.

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     Rooney Mara with her Fiance

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As a child, she was very close to her mother. Her mother also made her watch old movies. Son, she began to develop a keen interest in acting and also took acting classes. She also went to see football games. As a child, she never understood what was special about her family. However, her classmates treated her differently because of her lineage, and this puzzled her to a great extent and made her reclusive and anxious. She attended ‘Fox Lane High School.’  She never at ease in school and spent a lot of time alone, refusing to participate in any school activity, be it sports or drama. Eventually, in ninth grade, she decided to try her luck in acting, appearing for the audition of the school play ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

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Rooney with her Mother

At the audition, she performed her monologue and then darted out of the room. Her English teacher, Mr. Shanley, was one of the judges. He ran after her across the hall, exclaiming, Eventually, she won the role of ‘Juliet.’ In early 2003, graduated from ‘Fox Lane High School’ and then joined a 4-month study-abroad program, visiting Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia in South America. On her return, she joined the ‘George Washington University,’ where she studied for one year. In 2004, she moved to the ‘Gallatin School of Individualized Study’ at ‘New York University,’ studying psychology, international social policy, and nonprofits. Simultaneously, from the age of 19, she began to appear for auditions and started performing in a few student films. She earned her degree in 2010.

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Rooney Mara- Net Worth, Salary

As of 2020. she has an estimated net worth of $12 million. As an actress, her earnings are in the range of $21k to $214k. In 2011, her salary for the movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is $200k. Besides that, she also makes from the profit of the clothing line business, Hiraeth.

Body Measurements of Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara a blue-eyed brunette. Her height is 5 feet 3 inches and weighs around 52 kg.

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Major Works

Mara famous for her role in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ The movie featured her as ‘Lisbeth Salander,’ a computer hacker with a dark past plagued with emotional and sexual abuse. To fit in the role, Mara not only underwent computer and dialect training but also began skateboarding and kickboxing. To look more like a teenaged “punk,” Mara also changed her appearance. She cut her long brown tresses short and dyed them black. She also bleached her eyebrows and got a body piercing done. The role earned her both ‘Golden Globe’ and ‘Academy Award’ nominations. Mara is acclaimed for portraying the role of ‘Therese Belivet’ in ‘Carol.’ Her performance in the film earned her a tie for the ‘Best Actress Award’ at the film’s world premiere at the ‘Cannes Film Festival.’ The same performance earned her an ‘Academy Award’ nomination.


In 2009, ‘Filmmaker,’ a popular quarterly film magazine, included Mara’s name on their list of the ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’ of that year.

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Rooney Mara Professional Career

Professionally, Rooney Mara started her career as an actress in the mid-2000 in some minor roles. Moving forward, she landed her first concrete as Jessica DeLay in the series, Law & Order. After that, she appeared in series likes Women’s Murder Club, The Cleaner, and ER in single episodes. In 2008, she made her debut in movies with Dream Boy. Moving forwards, she featured the movies including Youth in Revolt, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Social Network. However, her character, Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became one of the groundbreaking characters in her career.

Later, in 2015, she featured Carol as Therese Belivet which is one of her best in her career timeline. For that, she was also nominated for the Academy Awards for best actress in the supporting role. After that, she appeared in the movies like Pan, Lion, and Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. She took a break from her acting career in 2019. As of now, she making her comeback with the movie, Nightmare Alley which will be released in 2021.

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Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Units Jessica DeLay  “Fat”
2007 Women’s Murder Club Alexis Sherman “Blind Dates and Bleeding Hearts”
2008 The Cleaner Rebecca Smith  “Rebecca”
2009 ER Megan

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