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What does Oscar nominee Rooney Mara really think of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” director David Fincher? What Hollywood faux pas are “The Help” star Jessica Chastain and “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence guilty of making? These are the burning questions avid moviegoers (like me!) want to know. And as usual, nobody delivers the goods better than Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood Issue.
Maybe it’s because it’s such an honor to be featured on this special cover, but whatever the reason, Mara, Chastain and Lawrence (along with Mia Wasikowska, Paula Patton, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, Brit Marling and Elizabeth Olsen) are giving up some serious secrets about life as an “It” film actress. And of course, one might expect there to be some bumps along the way.
Taking on the role as Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” took Mara away from the Hollywood social scene for a while. The daughter of football royalty–her paternal side owns Super Bowl champs the New York Giants, and her maternal side the Pittsburgh Steelers–famously shed all outward signs of herself to portray the socially stunted genius computer hacker, shaving her eyebrows, piercing her body in various and sundry locations, dying her hair the darkest of blacks and then chopping it off in a punk ‘do.
These were sacrifices to be sure, she says, but all quite worth it for a chance to work alongside Fincher and a stellar cast, including James Bond portrayer Daniel Craig. Of the notoriously demanding director and his habit of doing numerous takes for each scene, Mara is quick to defend. She says, “Everyone has put in all this effort, you may as well explore it and do it right.”
Chastain has been doing plenty right, gaining praise right and left and an Oscar nomination to boot for her 2011 body of work. Such high regard has led some to compare the natural redhead to one of her idols, Meryl Streep. After rubbing elbows with Streep multiple times over the past awards season, Chastain has not grown less starstruck around Tinseltown’s most revered actress, which probably has an awful lot to do with their first meeting.
Chastain explains to the magazine that Streep came to see one of her stage performances and even came to congratulate her after the show. She says, “Because I was so shocked by it, all I did was I held her hands and went, ‘Thank you, thank you. It means so much to me that you came.’ And I walked away.”
Lawrence has a similar snafu to report from her time on set with Robert De Niro for “The Silver Linings Playbook.” She confesses, “Two days ago I told Robert De Niro I wasn’t gonna get him a wrap gift.” After confirming with the legend that she never thanked him for the gift he’d already given her, she remembers saying, “‘OK, well I probably won’t get you one.’ And when it came out of my mouth, I was like, ‘Just because I don’t think I’m going to have enough time.’” Obviously, she wishes she could take it back. Her words, that is–not the gift!
Check out more from this bevy of Hollywood beauties in the March 2012 Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair.