Irish Talent in 2012: Rooney Mara
First on our list is Rooney Mara, who's fiery turn in the US version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a key attraction of the box office smash.
Mara fearlessly brought to life controversial character Lisbeth Salander, from the critically acclaimed 'Millennium series' by the late Stieg Larsson. For those of you familiar with the story, Lisbeth is a troubled young woman, but is so intriguing you're left wanting more from her. Mara certainly does her justice - filling the screen with intense emotion and a daunting feeling of unpredictability. She's certainly one of the most important characters of the naughties and after Mara's portrayal she'll be just as prominent during the next ten years.
Rooney Mara was certainly dedicated. After five screen tests, she was given two months to prepare for the role.