With Pan now playing in theaters, I recently sat down with Rooney Mara for an exclusive interview. During our wide-ranging conversation she talked about what it is about Peter Pan that has fascinated generations, what it’s like to have won the “actors lottery” and work with so many great directors on exciting projects, what traits David Fincher, Joe Wright and Terrence Mallick all share, Fincher’s axed HBO series Utopia, getting to voice a character in Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings, and so much more. If you’re a fan of this gifted actor, I think you’ll really enjoy this conversation.
If you’re not familiar with Pan, which is a re-imagining of the classic J.M. Barrie story, the film takes an origin approach to Peter Pan, as we follow newcomer Levi Miller and other young wartime orphans being kidnapped by the men of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), thus beginning a series of adventures in Neverland that shape the boy into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan. The film also stars Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevigne, Adeel Akhtar, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na,Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis Macdougall, and Leni Zieglmeier. For more on Pan read Adam’s review.
Here’s my interview with Rooney Mara:
- Talks about how she has such a full slate of films heading to theaters in the near future.
- Jokes about how her life is about to change with the increased media attention.
- Why is Peter Pan a story that resonates with so many people?
- What is it like to have won the “actors lottery” and work with so many great directors on exiting projects?
- What is it like working with directors like David Fincher, Joe Wright and Terrence Mallick? Do they have a quality that they all share?
- How has her process as an actor changed with all this experience?
- Talks about how far along she was with David Fincher’s axed HBO series Utopia.
- Says Utopia was going to be amazing.
- Talks about her new Laika voiceover project Kubo and the Two Strings.
- What is it like to film with someone like Terrence Malick who works in such unorthodox ways?
- What’s coming up next?