Rooney Mara has always been an absolute f-cking weirdo (even Channing Tatum, her co-star in the upcoming thriller Side Effects, thinks so) and she’s not showing any signs of toning down the crazy if her interview with director Stephen Soderbergh about the film in the new issue of Interview (via NY Daily News) is anything to judge by.
It goes a little something like this: Rooney doesn’t mind getting naked on screen or simulating sex with her fellow actor because there’s nothing to be ashamed of in the human body. She’ll basically do anything that a director tells her to do, no matter how debauched. However, she does have some amount of dignity – she draws the line at doing reverse cowgirl (????).
“I just do what I’m told, when I’m told,” she says. “There is a line, though — like when you asked me to do reverse cowgirl with Channing and I put my foot down. If the character should be nude in the scene and it makes sense and I trust the person making the film — and I regret my decision to trust you now that I know you more — then I don’t see a problem with it. I certainly don’t want to be involved in anything that is gratuitous, but I don’t think the human body is something to be ashamed of.
“Every other person on the planet has the same parts as I do. So seeing them shouldn’t be a huge shock to most people,” she says.
I mean, I feel you – people’s bodies are nothing to lose your mind over because we’ve all got them and the less we sensationalize things like this, the less of a big deal it’ll be and on a bigger scale, the less issues women will have in the wider world, which treats breasts and vaginas like things to be coveted, ogled, chased after, etc. We won’t go down that road, but whatever.
The issue I have here is that she does what she’s told, when she’s told. I suppose you could frame that as her just doing her job and being a good employee, of sorts, as you want to honour the director’s vision and all that bull, but that’d be the day I’d do something I was extremely uncomfortable with for the sake of seeming agreeable. And believe me, I draw the line far before the reverse cowgirl.