Fugger: Rooney Mara

SAG Awards Fug Carpet: Kate and Rooney Mara in Valentino

These two gave THE most excruciating interview on the E! pre-show, some of which might be because Brad Goreski is not adept at this and thus does not have enough experience milking a stone. But the sisters had weirdly little chemistry together. It was like they’d been CAST as sisters, then instructed to walk around pretending they’d really bonded on set.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Golden Globes Fug Carpet: Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen

I’ll be blunt. Rooney had a bad weekend.

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Fugs and Fabs: Everyone Else at the W Great Performances Party

There is a SHARP demarcation here between the people who thought, “It’s cold. I’m wearing a coat to this thing,” or even, “it’s cold. I’m going to wear pants,” and people who thought, “NO. I DON’T CARE HOW COLD I AM. Look at my outfit!”

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Fug the Covers: The W Movie Issue

So I guess all the cover-worthy “breakthrough years” were had by white people? Try harder, W. 

Not only is it disappointing to see such a glaring lack of diversity on these covers — Michael B. Jordan just won Best Actor for Creed from the National Society of Film Critics, and if you think people don’t want to buy a magazine with Michael B. Jordan’s great face on the front of it, you are wrong; Oscar Isaac is great both in The Force Awakens AND Ex Machina; Mya Taylor (who is featured inside the magazine, at least, and gets name-checked in the second line of the piece) is apparently fantastic in Tangerine – but also, albeit much less importantly, every single person who is on these covers has somehow been given exactly the same face. The photographs are well done, but once you’ve seen this, you cannot unsee it and it’s WEIRD. Rooney Mara looks like Carey Mulligan looks like Brie Larson looks like Eddie Redmayne looks like Saoirse Ronan looks like Alicia Vikander. You guys, if I can’t tell, at first glance, if I’m looking at Rooney Mara or Eddie Redmayne, you’ve got a problem.

Not to mention the fact that Rooney Mara was nominated for an Oscar in 2011; she may be wonderful in Carol, but her breakthrough came when she was in Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. She’s been the blooming host of the Met Gala already!  Saoirse Ronan was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 (although I would actually accept an argument that this is the year she’s broken through as an adult; still). Carey Mulligan was Oscar-nominated in 2010 — for pete’s sake, give Daisy Ridley that cover if you’re so intent on a pale British brunette! Even Eddie feels like his breakout was well before this year, but I suppose, given that it’s POSSIBLE this headline refers to LAST year, in which he ALSO won an Oscar, I will allow it. That said: A MAJORITY OF THESE PEOPLE HAD DEFINITELY BROKEN THROUGH BEFORE THIS YEAR.  I DON’T THINK THAT WORD MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS.

[Covers: W Magazine]


Fugol: Rooney Mara in Lanvin

Contrary to what I normally say, I think the makeup on Rooney works because her eye is SO strong that a bright lip would’ve looked aggressively Moulin Rouge with it.

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However, the ENTIRE rest of her demeanor in this tube-with-lace-accents seems to suggest, “They told me it was time to bring Black Swan back around. I think they lied.”

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Fug or Fab the Cover: Rooney Mara on Elle, January 2016

With this cover story, Elle is basically asking a question that touches half of what comes up in the GFY comments when we feature Rooney: Can you be famous and an introvert? The existence of Nicole Kidman would seem to say yes.

This excerpt circles the issue but doesn’t quite hone in (maybe she says more in the full interview):

“People don’t really want me to be honest,” she insists. “People want me—people want girls—to be grateful, gracious, poised. Not real. I watch interviews from the 1970s, of Patti Smith or John Cassavetes, and everyone’s smoking, drinking, totally misbehaving, but they’re being completely authentic, and I’m so jealous because that would never happen today. There’s always a pre-interview, so you know what jokes you have to hit, and there’s nothing genuine about it. And I hate that. I hate being a phony. I hate having to censor myself. [...] Like, not that I tweet, but if you tweet the wrong thing, you have, like, four different organizations on your ass, asking for an apology. Artists are deeply sensitive, vulnerable people, and when you are super candid and then you get ripped apart for it, you’re not going to want to do it again.”

Thoughts? I personally see her point on a lot of it, but the flip side is that we as consumers never know when the drinking, misbehaving, “authentic” people are ALSO putting on a show (ahem, Miley). It’s a tangled web. I also don’t know that we need to treat artists with kid gloves just because they’re sensitive. For one thing, they don’t have the monopoly on feelings, and for another, that’s just… life. Sometimes you get ripped apart and have to apologize, whether it’s fair or not. I don’t know if blaming the establishment really hits the mark. But again, at the same time, I understand it. She takes it on the chin more than people who aren’t famous. And yet she chose that fame. It must be difficult to resent the very thing that fuels your fire — or at least, the celebrity that fuels the career that is fueled by your passion.

[Photos: Elle]


The Girl With the Dragon Fug: Rooney Mara in Chanel

I really, really want Karl Lagerfeld to call me and explain his current brand messaging vis a vis the celebrity styling they’re doing over at Chanel this week:

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Obviously, this phone call would — I assume — a lot of him berating me, ideally in German, but then we’d bond over a shared love of Diet Coke and eventually I’d learn that the magic equation at Chanel right now is BALLERINA + REGRET = FASHION. (Even worse is the fact that this dress was a bold blue when it went down the runway. CHOOSE COLOR, ROONEY.)

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]