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Rooney Mara on ‘Women Talking,’ how her son River changed ‘everything’

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Rooney Mara isn’t known for playing nice. 

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress has long portrayed characters that might be described as somber, spiky or subdued. She brilliantly dressed down Jesse Eisenberg’s haughty Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network,” and dispensed violent revenge as a mohawked hacker in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” (And let’s not forget when she tearfully inhaled an entire pie in “A Ghost Story.”) 

Ona – Mara’s character in “Women Talking” (in theaters now)  – still has a dark undercurrent, as she and other women in a Mennonite colony discuss how to move forward from pervasive sexual assault. But even with her bottled rage, Ona radiates patience and warmth. Instead of responding to their attackers with violence or forced forgiveness, she advocates leaving their community to create a better future. 

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