So: how should I put this? Rooney Mara is just so very… distant. And cold. And still, she seems to have sneaked & got stuck under Anna Wintour’s skin. I imagine that if Noomi Rapace would’ve been American, she’d be on the cover of this Vogue US February 2013 issue.
Because as hard as I’m trying to see her in some other role, Rooney is still The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And will remain so until her new movie, Side Effects, hits theaters this February. But I somehow doubt that role will erase her previous dark one from everyone’s minds.
David Sims photographed Rooney for this American issue but still didn’t pulled out more charm or warmth from Miss Mara here. She looks cold as ice and she’s just as vibrant and as appealing as a deep freezer is. The inside pictorial doesn’t help either. But I think I understand why Anna went with this somber, tragic look: the issue must’ve been prepared or masterminded during or in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
At that particular time, I can imagine why Anna didn’t want a smiling, friendly face looking back at us from the newsstands. However, if the very American essence lies in ‘skin experts’, ‘cool, sexy nights out’ and ‘bags of the moment’, there’s not a single brain left for Sandy & her kind to wash out!