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    Rooney Mara Says She Almost Quit Acting After Filming "A Nightmare On Elm Street" Because It Wasn't A "Good Experience"

    "It wasn’t the best experience making it and I kind of got to this place, that I still live in, that I don’t want to act unless I’m doing stuff that I feel like I have to do.”

    Rooney Mara is an incredible actor. She's been in tons of stuff that you've probably loved, and she's been nominated for two Oscars too.

    A close-up of Rooney Mara who's rocking a top-knot bun and dark lipstick an an event

    You might also remember that she starred in the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street that came out back in 2010.

    Rooney in a bathtub as Freddy Krueger's hand emerges from the water

    Well, it turns out that the experience of making that film was enough to briefly convince Rooney that she should quit acting completely.

    Rooney wears a long-sleeved turtleneck dress on the red carpet for an event

    In a new interview with the LaunchLeft podcast, Rooney said that filming A Nightmare on Elm Street wasn't a "good experience."

    Rooney at a red carpet event wearing a spaghetti-strap dress that fall just below the knee in a ruffled bottom

    She also said that she has “to be careful with what I say and how I talk about it. It wasn’t the best experience making it and I kind of got to this place, that I still live in, that I don’t want to act unless I’m doing stuff that I feel like I have to do.”

    A close-up of Rooney

    “After making that film, I kind of decided, ‘OK, I’m just not going to act anymore unless it’s something that I feel that way about.’”

    Rooney also explained that when she met director David Fincher while starring in the classic 2010 film The Social Network, she changed her mind about her career trajectory.

    “I got an audition for The Social Network, which was a small part but it was an amazing scene, and then I didn’t work again from that until I think Dragon Tattoo,” she said.

    Rooney outside wearing round sunglasses and her hair pulled back

    “David didn’t want to audition me for [Dragon Tattoo] because he didn’t think I was right for it based on what I did in The Social Network and I kind of insisted they put me on tape anyway so I did, and then he had to fight really hard for me to get the part because the studio didn’t want me for it."

    A contemplative Rooney sitting in a scene from Girl with a Dragon tattoo

    "It was a definite real turning point in my life and my career.”

    Rooney went on to say that, during the yearlong process of making Dragon Tattoo, Fincher became her "mentor" and inspired her to continue with her acting career.

    “He took such great care to make sure that I knew that I had a voice and that my opinion meant something. He constantly was empowering me, which I think really affected the rest of my choices thereafter.”

    Listen to the entire interview here.