Rooney Mara Talks to St. Vincent About Living Life as a Nomad

Would you believe Rooney Mara has terrible stage fright?

The actress, who is starring in Carol and Pan, opened up to St. Vincent for Interview magazine about her crippling fear of being on stage.

“On film, yes, the camera is watching you, but it’s so intimate. But it’s just you and the other actor— and then there’s some people watching the monitor. I would like to do theater, but I’m terrified. I have such bad stage fright,” she says. “What are you afraid is going to happen?” Clark asks. “I hate being on display like that. On stage, there are hundreds of people watching you. It’s so much energy directed at you. I pick up energy really easily. Even if I go to the grocery store and no one is paying attention to me, I can pick up other people’s moods and it’s really intense. I would not be able to perform on stage the way you do, but I’m sure it’s exhilarating.”

Kinda makes you wonder how Mara would have felt had she won Best Actress at the 2012 Academy Awards for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She even says to go on stage with the Black Lips at Austin City Limits in 2012 to film a scene for her upcoming Terrence Malick film, she had to get really stinkin’ drunk.

“Oh my God, I got really drunk to do it. I was learning on the acoustic guitar. I don’t know how to play electric guitar. So I had to kind of learn it, just so I knew where my hands should be, but there was no way I was going to actually play,” she said. “It was quite the experience. I should have come up with something a little more exciting, but I was just drinking whiskey and got really drunk.”

Rooney also talked about what it was like to act alongside Cate Blanchett in Carol. “She’s just so incredible. It was pretty easy to pretend to be enamored by her. And she’s quick and witty and funny. She’s very confident. It’s amazing. Usually it’s not that great to meet your idols and work with them; it’s kind of a letdown. This definitely wasn’t.”

And the 30-year-old also opened up about living life on the road as a busy actress. “People ask me where I live, and I say L.A. or New York, but really I don’t spend much time in either of those places. I’m constantly either in hotels or somewhere else. But I like it. I might get tired of it at some point, but for now I like being a nomad.”

Launch the gallery to see Rooney Mara’s stunning shoot for Interview.