“[Being on Law & Order: SVU] was so awful. So stupid. People are obsessed with that show. I don’t get it. Me and my boyfriend—although I don’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? Who would beat someone up because they’re fat? And as retribution, they sodomized her. I mean, I’ve been sodomized since the beginning of my career. I should have known then it would come full circle.”
Didn’t she come off like the biggest brat that ever was? Of course she did, but the thing is, now Rooney’s claiming that the whole thing was taken way out of context:
First of all, the “SVU” thing — that’s just not true. That was my first job. It couldn’t have been more exciting for me. It’s an experience I hold very dear to my heart. People take things out of context, and that’s just not the case. I was more nervous doing that job than I was doing this job [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] …
“Nightmare on Elm Street” [Mara starred in the 2010 remake of the horror film] was a really hard movie to make, and I didn’t love the experience, but I would never take it back because I feel like I learned something from it and it brought me to my next job. 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 really silly. People, especially with young girls, they feel the need to make them out to be a certain way, and I feel so grateful for any job I’ve ever gotten. I feel grateful for the student jobs I did, I feel grateful for being an extra in some of the things my sister did. I feel like every single job that I’ve done has shaped who I am and has led me to where I am now.
It’s hard to have to talk about yourself all the time and things are out of context, and whatever that quote was, I don’t know, but it’s certainly not what I meant. If anything, I didn’t mean that the storyline was ridiculous; I meant that humanity is ridiculous. I know that ‘Law & Order’ makes their episodes out of real things that are happening in the city, so to me, by “ridiculous” I meant that humanity is ridiculous. People are awful to one another; and to me, I find it ridiculous.
When I first read Rooney’s explanation of this, I thought that was ridiculous. I thought that she was surprised that she got called out for her comment as much as she did, and that she was trying to save face. But after reading her initial SVU quote again, I can actually see how that could be taken out of context. If you read the quote and consider that she’s talking about humanity as opposed to the actual script, then I can kind of see what she means. And she’s been cute and sweet in interviews before, so I think it might be ok to give her a pass on this one.
How are you feeling about Rooney Mara these days?