Rooney Mara Almost Quit Acting After ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Remake, Says David Fincher Saved Her Career

“He constantly was empowering me, which I think really affected the rest of my choices thereafter,” Mara said of her collaborations with Fincher.

Christian Zilko
January 8, 2023
IndieWire

It’s been a good two years for Rooney Mara. The Oscar nominee has received strong reviews for her back-to-back appearances in Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” but those films were preceded by a multi-year hiatus from acting. Fans of the actress have had to make peace with her sporadic work habits, given that she has become famously selective about the roles she’s willing to take.

In a new appearance on the LaunchLeft podcast, Mara explained that her selectivity is partially a result of an unpleasant on-set experience in the late 2000s that almost led her to quit acting.

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