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Bedford, New York, USA
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A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.
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Patricia Rooney Mara (born c. 1985) is an American actress. Her films in 2009 include Dare, and the upcoming The Winning Season and Tanner Hall. In 2010, she appeared in Youth in Revolt and stars in A Nightmare on Elm Street, a remake of the 1984 horror film. Mara also oversees the charity Faces of Kibera, which benefits orphans from the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the largest slums in Africa. She is the younger sister of actress Kate Mara.
Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York, a town in Westchester County, a suburb of New York City. She is the daughter of Timothy Christopher Mara, the vice president of player evaluation for the New York Giants, and Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney). She has three siblings: Daniel, Conor and Kate. Mara is the great-granddaughter of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. and Giants founder Tim Mara. Her grandfather, Tim Rooney, has run Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York since 1972, and her uncle, John Mara, is the co-owner of the New York Giants.
Mara graduated from Fox Lane High School and then travelled to Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia in South America for four months as part of the Traveling School, an open learning environment. She attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where she studied psychology, international social policy, and nonprofits.
Mara was inspired to act by going to see musical theatre and by watching old movies, like Gone with the Wind (1939), Rebecca (1940), and Bringing Up Baby (1938), with her mother. She also wanted to be like her older sister, Kate Mara, a professional actress. Mara resisted pursuing acting as a child, stating to The Journal News that "it never seemed that honorable to me, and I guess I was always afraid that I might fail." While at NYU, she acted in a few student films and won the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, after being signed up to audition by a friend. Mara then began pursuing a career in acting.
Mara made her professional acting debut in a bit-part in the direct-to-video horror film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary in 2005, which starred her sister. She next appeared on the New York City-based television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2006, in the episode "Fat", playing a girl who dislikes fat people. In 2007, Mara guest-starred on the legal drama Women`s Murder Club in the episode "Blind Dates and Bleeding Hearts". In 2008, she appeared on the TV series The Cleaner, in the episode "Rebecca", playing a drug addict. She also appeared in the feature films Dream Boy and Friends (With Benefits) that year. In 2009, Mara guest-starred on NBC`s ER as Megan, in the episodes "Old Times" and "I Feel Good".
Mara landed her first lead role in the film Tanner Hall, starring Amy Sedaris and Tom Everett Scott. A story of four girls set in a boarding school, Mara plays Fernanda, who has an affair with a married family friend (Tom Everett Scott). After working on the film, Mara dropped her first name, Patricia, to be known professionally by her middle name. "I never really liked my first name," Mara said. "I never felt like a Tricia. And Rooney is more memorable", she stated to Paper magazine.
Mara`s experience lead to other film work, including the comedy Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera and directed by Miguel Arteta. The film is based on the 1993 cult novel of the same name by C.D. Payne. Mara plays Taggarty, the love interest of Cera’s best friend, a character who is trying to sleep with 50 guys before she goes to college.
Mara appeared in the independent film Dare in 2009 as Courtney, the best friend of Alexa (Emmy Rossum), a high school student set on expanding her life experience. She also filmed The Winning Season that year, starring Emma Roberts and Sam Rockwell, playing a high school basketball player in a story similar to The Bad News Bears. Dare and The Winning Season premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Mara was included on Filmmaker magazine`s list of "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in mid-2009.
Mara stars in A Nightmare on Elm Street, a 2010 remake of the 1984 horror film of the same name. Mara plays the protagonist Nancy Holbrook, based on the original film`s Nancy Thompson, a teenage girl who is eager to leave town after graduating from high school. Directed by Samuel Bayer, Mara began shooting the film in Chicago on May 5, 2009.] Mara told Filmmaker that she felt that the remake`s Nancy is "completely different from the original" and could be described as "the loneliest girl in the world". The film was released on April 30, 2010. Depending on its box office performance, Mara will appear in a sequel to the remake, continuing her role as Nancy.
Mara appeared at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2009 as part of its Breakthrough Performers Program, where she was tutored alongside Zach Gilford, Emmy R
Fox Lane High School in 2003
Full Name at Birth
Patricia Rooney Mara
Patricia Rooney Mara MARR-ə (born April 17, 1985) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in 2005, and has gone on to star in films such as the remake A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network and Trash.
Timothy Christopher Mara
Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney)
Daniel Mara, Conor Mara
Wellington Mara (grandfather), Timothy James "Tim" Rooney (grandfather)
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Green Eyes, Tough Attitude
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George Washington University for a year, New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, for psychology, international social policy, and nonprofits, graduating in 2010