Rooney Mara is everywhere these days, thanks to her breakout role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo released last year. The actress’ turn as the ass-kicking computer hacker also earned her an Oscar nod, and we can’t wait to see what she’ll be wearing this Sunday. Mara isn’t the only new (or new to us) face stepping out this awards season. During our Breakout Actress week, we’ve so far looked at the meteoric career graphs of Melissa McCarthy, Berenice Bejo and Shailene Woodley, and today it’s Mara’s turn to grab the spotlight.
Who: Rooney Mara
What she did before 2012: Rooney’s been acting since 2005, popping on our TVs with roles on ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit before a brief but notable performance as Erica Albright, a.k.a. the girl who broke Mark Zuckerberg’s heart in 2010′s The Social Network. Rooney also had roles in 2009′s Friends With Benefits and A Nightmare On Elm Street.