Watch: Rooney Mara Reveals How She Beats the Acting Odds

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Since 2010, Rooney Mara has worked with David Fincher twice and Steven Soderbergh once – not bad for an actress whose “breakthrough” role also came that same year when she starred in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

But the actress tells Celebuzz that even with the abundance of great opportunities she’s enjoyed recently, there’s still a depressing dearth of real acting challenges for women.

“It’s hard,” Mara says. “There aren’t that many roles out there that are great for females, that are dynamic and complex.”

In Side Effects, Mara plays Emily, a young wife struggling to deal with depression who eventually turns to prescription medication that has dangerous side effects. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the roles that have distinguished her – her lead in Nightmare, and the title character in Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – have all been not just meaty, but dark, featuring a complexity, and a certain kind of melancholy which she’s really mastered.

Despite the acclaim she’s received, however, Mara insists that she’s interested in taking on different kinds of characters, and has tried to do so as much as possible. “Hopefully I’m succeeding, but I try and make sure everything I choose is very different from the last,” she says.

“I am more drawn to the darker stuff, but I think that’s because those are normally the more complex, interesting characters.”

Side Effects opens in theaters nationwide on February 8. Watch Celebuzz’ exclusive interview with Mara, and a TV spot, and then let us know in the comments section below: what do you think of her as an actress?

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