Rooney Mara opens up about her role in the critically acclaimed movie, ‘Carol’ of a 1950s lesbian couple, in which she costars with Cate Blanchett. After her breakout role in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ once again, she’s drawing Oscar buzz.
The 30-year-old Rooney Mara stars opposite 45-year-old two-time Oscar winning Cate Blanchett in the movie, directed by Todd Haynes (‘Safe’ and ‘Far from Heaven’). It’s a screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel,’The Price of Salt.’ Quite an evocative and obscure title for a book about a well-to-do married woman, the title character, ‘Carol’ (Blanchett) who falls in love with a department store clerk (Mara).
The movie is getting Oscar buzz along with critical acclaim. It’s also evoking extreme nostalgia for its 1950s New York City setting, which is at once lavish and exacting and, quite surprisingly was shot on location in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In an interview with ABC News’ Nick Watts, broadcast on Good Morning America,’ Rooney Mara was asked how she felt about all the buzz, and she said, “I try and like turn that station off.”
She said of the 1950s setting, “That did feel like we were stepping back in time.” She went on to say that the director Todd Haynes “was very generous in sort of sharing his homework with all of us and made us all these mixed CDs of music from the time and gave us films to watch and made this beautiful book of visual references for what he wanted the film to look like.”
Asked if she thought of ‘Carol’ as a political movie, she aid, “I don’t think it is a political movie. Maybe people will get things like that and that’s great but really at the core is a love story and in that sense, anyone can relate to it.”
She also opened up about what it was like to pretend to fall in love with Cate Blanchett and she said it was “very easy.” She went on to say, “She’s as magnetic in film as she is in real life. There’s no one like her.”
In her wide ranging discussion with singer St. Vincent in Interview magazine, Rooney elaborated on what it was like working with Blanchett and said, ““She’s just so incredible. It was pretty easy to pretend to be enamored by her. And she’s quick and witty and funny. She’s very confident. It’s amazing.”
She continued, and added, Usually it’s not that great to meet your idols and work with them; it’s kind of a letdown. This definitely wasn’t.”
The movie had its world premiere Cannes to critical acclaim and now as it hits theaters, the buzz has become quite a swelling sound! You can see the full interview of Rooney Mara and the ‘Carol’ movie trailer below!
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