#WCW: 24 Photos That Prove Rooney Mara Is Always Red Carpet Ready

Considering the fact that Rooney Mara hates the red carpet, she’s actually one of the few celebrities who always stands out.

Since making her Hollywood debut in 2009, the actress has come a long way. Not only is she an Oscar favorite at this year’s Academy Awards, but her style has evolved dramatically. She’s no longer the girl next door nor the girl with the dragon tattoo. These days she’s always red carpet ready — whether she likes to admit it or not. For those reasons and more, the star of Carol is Celebuzz’s Woman Crush Wednesday this week.

Mara — who once called walking the red carpet a nightmare — has had quite a few epic moments. She also constantly proves that you don’t have to be over-the-top when it comes to standing out. In just eight years, she’s evolved from fresh-faced young lady to edgy red carpet trendsetter. In some of her first-ever appearances, she’s almost unrecognizable.

Ahead of the 2016 Academy Awards, here is a look back at Rooney Mara’s red carpet style evolution. Check out the gallery above for 24 photos of her through the years.