Kata Mara may be fantastic but her sister, Rooney Mara, proves movies are a family business with a long list of memorable roles herself.
- 1 Rooney Mara: Age, Net Worth and more about Kate Mara’s Sister
- 2 Fact #1: Rooney Mara Comes From A Powerful Football Family
- 3 Fact #2: Rooney Mara Traveled and Studied A Lot After High School
- 4 Fact #3: Rooney Mara is Heavily Involved in Charity Work
- 5 Fact #4: Rooney Mara was Inspired by Old Movies and Her Sister, Kate Mara
- 6 Fact #5: She Just Tried Pie For The First Time Very Recently
- 7 What’s On the Horizon for Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara: Age, Net Worth and more about Kate Mara’s Sister
Kate Mara came on the scene in 1999, making a string of memorable film, photo, and television appearances in everything from We Are Marshall and Fantastic Four to American Horror Story and Nip/Tuck. In 2005, she starred in the direct-to-video horror film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and introduced her sister, Rooney, to the world of acting with a role as an extra. Rooney Mara continued to appear as an extra in a number of her sister’s films before breaking out on her own in the 2009 coming of age film, Tanner Hall. Since then, she’s appeared in a long list of films including the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Pan. Like her sister, Kate Mara, Rooney has taken roles in both small indie films and big budget blockbusters, making for a really interesting resume. Her performance in the 2015 film, Carol, earned a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award as well. Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985, the third of four children in her family. She is 5 foot 2 inches tall and has an estimated net worth of $8 million. Rooney Mara is a bit of a quiet, mysterious personality and has taken on so many interesting roles, so let’s get to know her better with some fun facts.
Fact #1: Rooney Mara Comes From A Powerful Football Family
Rooney Mara has connections to popular NFL franchises on both sides of her family. Her mom’s family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers, while her dad’s family founded the New York Giants. Both families are still actively involved with the teams, Rooney’s uncle John Mara is the president and CEO of the New York Giants while another uncle, Art Rooney II, is the current president and owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rooney has expressed that she enjoyed growing up in a football family and once said that football was, “the glue that holds our family together.” Of course, we’ll see if she’s still saying that if the Giants and Steelers ever end up playing each other in the Superbowl.
Fact #2: Rooney Mara Traveled and Studied A Lot After High School
Rooney Mara, along with her sister Kate were born and raised in Bedford, New York. In 2003, Rooney graduated from Fox Lane High School and decided to set out for a bit of adventure. She went to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as part of Traveling School that operated in an open air environment. Following that trip, she returned to the states to attend George Washington University before transferring to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. While there, she studied psychology, international social policy and nonprofits.
Fact #3: Rooney Mara is Heavily Involved in Charity Work
After studying nonprofits in college, Rooney Mara decided to launch one of her own. She founded the charity, Faces of Kiberia which was dedicated to providing housing, food and medical care to orphans in Kibera, a slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The goal of the charity was to build an orphanage on 6 acres of land that it had purchased. Rooney was very involved with the fundraising efforts, arranging Giants and Steelers memorabilia to be auctioned off, taking photos, and visiting the area herself. At one point, she expressed that it was difficult to balance both the charity work and her acting career but that it was important for her to do both. In 2011, Faces of Kiberia merged with the Uweza Foundation. Rooney currently serves as the president of the board of directors.
Fact #4: Rooney Mara was Inspired by Old Movies and Her Sister, Kate Mara
When she was younger, Rooney Mara was hesitant about going into acting and it was actually a friend who signed her up to audition for her only high school role, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet. Rooney cites watching classic movies like Gone With The Wind and Bringing Up Baby as one of the biggest motivators for her gaining interest in becoming an actress herself. She also says that she wanted to be like her sister, Kate Mara, who was beginning to have some success in Hollywood. One of her first professional roles was in the direct-to-video film, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, which starred her sister, Kate. They weren’t just working together during that time; Rooney actually moved in with her sister when she first moved to Los Angeles. She said that they grew closer during that time and would help each other go over scripts and projects together.
Fact #5: She Just Tried Pie For The First Time Very Recently
There’s an unforgettable scene in 2017’s A Ghost Story where Rooney Mara, playing a grieving widow, eats an entire pie in a single sitting. The scene is a bit shocking in its own right but even more shocking when you find out that this was actually the first time Rooney had ever eaten a pie. When discussing the film with the Los Angeles Times, Rooney said, “I’d actually never had pie before. That was my first and last pie…I just don’t really have a sweet tooth and I was a really, really strange, geeky child. Something about pie always grossed me out and I just never tried it before.” Soon after, someone on Twitter asked Kate Mara if she had ever tried pie. She responded, “Never.”
What’s On the Horizon for Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara made an impression on audiences with her brief appearance in the opening scene of The Social Network and then brought a literary icon to life in David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Since then, she’s been a constant on the big screen and there’s no sign of her slowing down anytime soon. In 2017, Rooney Mara starred in the Netflix film, The Discovery, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song and received critical acclaim for her performance in A Ghost Story.In 2018, she’ll appear as the title character in Mary Magdelene and is attached to star opposite Jude Law in Vox Lux, a movie about a pop star who finds success under unusual circumstances.