Rooney Mara Joins Hollywood’s Elite Team of Butt-Kicking Babes (PHOTOS)

Gabrielle Chung / December 21, 2011

Apparently, girls DO run the world!

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which hits theaters today, actress Rooney Mara showed us just how gritty girls can get. The starlet famously chopped off her locks and endured multiple body piercings to fit the part of Lisbeth Salander, a motorcycle-riding, foul-mouthed hacker who aids Daniel Craig in a murder investigation.

But Rooney isn’t the first butt-kicking babe to hit the silver screen — check out more female action stars in the gallery above!

From Sucker Punch’s Vanessa Hudgens to Angelina Jolie in her Tomb Raider days, actresses are not afraid to get a little sweaty (and maybe bloody) these days. For Mara, she even got a little bit drunk for her role.

The 26-year-old went on Late Night with David Letterman and revealed that she got hammered for her Dragon Tattoo auditions. The reason? The producers had asked her to go on a drinking binge the night before her read.

“Everyone had this hard time picturing me as [Lisbeth] and they wanted me to come in looking a little more strung out,” she said. “And I never drink so I was vomiting all night.”

Just all in a day’s work for a badass chick.

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