Today is Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara’s birthday, so we figured now was as good a time as any to pit her against older sister Kate in a head-to-head battle to determine, once and for all, WHO IS THE BEST MARA?!?!?
We’ve picked a few categories in which we can directly compare the work of the two Mara sisters, so without further ado, let the battle begin!
1. Law & Order: SVU appearance
In what has become an unspoken initiation into acting, every young actor must guest star on L&O. Like so many before them, Kate and Rooney made appearances on the show early in their careers. Kate played a gymnast with an eating disorder hiding the secret behind her friend’s murder. And Rooney starred in an episode called “Fat” as a girl who attacked fat people.
Kate barely edges out Rooney here. Rooney’s part is so ridiculous that it’s comical.
2. Lead role in a horror flick
Both actresses have varied film careers. Rooney practically came out of nowhere with The Social Network before jumping into darker films, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Side Effects. Meanwhile Kate house bounced back and forth between TV and film with supporting roles in more popcorn fanfare like We Are Marshall and Entourage. But both share experience in doing horror. Kate starred in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and Rooney almost quit acting thanks to her part in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The win here goes to Rooney. Both are thankless roles but Rooney had more to work with in this high-budget remake that explored Freddy Krueger’s back story.