Her look on this cover is intentionally in stark contrast to her more dark and dramatic first cover story, which centered around her haunting role in Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Though Mara will be reprising that role in a sequel, it won't be out for a while, and this cover story focuses more on some smaller projects the actress has been working on and her strangely charming shyness and anxiety issues. We were surprised to learn that, aside from watching her own movies, there are few things she dislikes more than walking a red carpet.
While she "loves" her stylist--“He’s very quiet and thoughtful, and we just instantly got along”--she finds all the red carpet preparations annoying:
The thing is, it’s kind of an annoying part of the job—because I’m not a model, and I don’t want to be. I didn’t try to be a style icon. I’m just not that interested in that world. But it does matter, and either I can fight that or I just have to accept that it is a part of my job, and I may as well wear things that I like and that represent me.
And she makes the actual red carpet, which she pretty much always dominates, sound really awful:
[It's] a nightmare! It’s a panic attack waiting to happen. I don’t even like people to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me. When we wrap a film and everyone claps and cheers, I turn red. And then I have to walk out onto the middle of this carpet and there are all these photographers, and they’re all screaming at you. And usually there’s a party at the other end of it, so it’s not even like I have solace at the end of the carpet! It’s like then I have to walk into my other nightmare!
Could you imagine anything worse? We bet she's really dreading May 6, when she's set to co-host one of the biggest parties of the year, the annual Costume Institute benefit gala at the Met for its "Punk: From Chaos to Couture" exhibit.
Click through to see a couple more photos from her spread (throughout which, for some reason, she wears only mesh and other clothing that is riddled with holes) and head over to Vogue to read the full story.
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