4 posts tagged "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
Rooney Mara may be staying true to her Girl With The Dragon Tattoo bowl cut long after the film’s wrap date, but as it grows out, she’s come up with a few ways to keep things interesting. At the movie’s Paris premiere last night, Mara went with two French braids, which she joined together in a small knot above the nape of her neck. In another welcome twist, she side-swept her thick black fringe, providing a better look at her mascara-lashed blue eyes, sculpted cheekbones, and bright red lips. We have a feeling Mara won’t be diverting from her otherworldly Lisbeth look anytime soon, but we’re all for this adaptation. You too?
The suspense surrounding the release of the film adaption of the Swedish thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been almost as gripping as the novel itself: First we learned that David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) would be directing the project, then it was rumored—and later confirmed—that the not-so-Swedish Daniel Craig would star as the male lead. Next came the unexpected twist of casting the doe-eyed Rooney Mara as the film’s darkly seditious title character. And then the plot thickened even more: Legendary face-painter Pat McGrath was enlisted to be the makeup expert responsible for transforming Mara into a stone-cold, kohl-eyed computer hacker. After receiving a personal e-mail from Fincher—one that almost went overlooked—McGrath flew out to the set in Sweden to design more than 20 looks to be used in the film trilogy. Here, she talks to Style.com about bleached eyebrows, letting “raw” skin show through on camera, and why a red smoky eye reads better on screen than black.
How did the journey with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo begin for you? Had you met David Fincher before?
No, I had never met him before. He sent me an e-mail out of the blue asking me to do the makeup for the film in July, when everybody is on holiday and everything shuts down. I don’t think I saw the e-mail for weeks. Once I realized it was David Fincher himself, I was very excited. I immediately said yes, and the next thing I knew, I was flying out to Sweden to meet David, his team, and Rooney.
You’ve worked in many different capacities at this point, but had you done movies before?
No, this was my first. I’ve always wanted to do movies, and to start with David is amazing. It was all completely new.
Did you have an idea for how you wanted to do the makeup right away?
The moment I heard that Rooney got the part, I thought, wow, the hair has to be short and we have to bleach the brows. As soon as I saw her bone structure and her skin, I knew that I could take her look in so many different directions.
Rooney Mara took her role as Lisbeth Sander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo really seriously—so seriously, she’s finding it difficult to transition back to her pre-GWTDT self. “My wardrobe has completely changed. It had to, partly because of my hair and partly because I stopped feeling comfortable in what I used to wear,” the one-time brunette says. It looks like Lisbeth’s severe black crop, rail-thin bod, and paler-than-pale complexion are here to stay. [Monsters & Critics]
In other book thrillers-turned-forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster news, the on-again, off-again Hunger Games nail polish collection from China Glaze is back…on. [Examiner]
The economy may still be in recovery mode, but plastic surgery rates have never been higher. Can’t afford that tummy tuck? Finance, finance, finance. [Daily Beast]
Franca Sozanni could do without all the nipping and tucking. The Vogue Italia editor is of the mind that “surgery is good when it’s [to help fix] a psychological problem. It helps you to feel more confident. But if, at my age, I have to put Botox in my face and not move, it doesn’t change anything, and I will not look younger…and your children, they won’t forgive you. They don’t want you to be someone else. They want you to be their mother.” Advantage, Sozanni. [Huff Po]
We’re aware that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn premiered last night in Los Angeles, generating thousands of pictures of Kristin Stewart and her on-screen cohorts. But ignoring that media blitz was a no-brainer when confronted with pictures of a transformed Rooney Mara at the 8th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. For your compare-and-contrast pleasure, we present to you exhibit A, a pre-The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo snap of the actress that was taken just a year ago—during which time Mara favored long chestnut curls and minimal makeup—alongside exhibit B, a post-Lisbeth Salander Mara, in which the actress sports jet black bowl-shaped fringe, perfectly groomed brows, a deep berry matte lip, and well-executed spider lashes. If this is what happens when you star in what will surely trump Twilight as the next big book-to-film blockbuster, we’re all in. You too?