Steven Soderbergh Attacks Rooney Mara for Interview Magazine
An editor's note at the opening of Steven Soderbergh's cover story on Rooney Mara for the new issue of Interview warns that the text contains "exorbitant amounts of biting sarcasm." But if this is Soderbergh's version of sarcastic, we'd hate to see what he's like when he's being genuinely mean. The piece opens with Mara's "Side Effects" director asking his ingenue, "Did you think you were Little Miss Hot S--- in college, or did that come later?" The 27-year-old holds her ground as Soderbergh moves on, alternately insulting ("your dog hates the way you smell") and taunting her ("everyone on the ['Side Effects'] crew called you 'Looney Mara'").
Yet Mara hangs tough. Asked why she's "always naked in every movie," the actress notes that she made a mistake in trusting Soderbergh during "Side Effects," but that usually she respects her director's creative ideas. "I don't think the human body is something to be ashamed of," she says. "Every other person on the planet has the same parts as I do. So seeing them shouldn't be a huge shock to most people." Unlike, say, being interviewed by Steven Soderbergh. (Interview)