Co-host Strahan immediately remarked that Mara should have been a model. Her swept-up long hair and suave fashion was a hugely notable contrast to the brow-less punk hacker character, Lisbeth Salander, Mara played in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" to earn her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations last year.
Mara starred opposite leading man Daniel Craig in the film which was based on the internationally bestselling novel by late author Steig Larsson. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is the first novel in a trilogy of thrillers which feature the dark, edgy and brilliant Lisbeth Salander.
Kelly Ripa asked Mara if there is any word on the progress of a second movie on the second book, “The Girl Who Played with Fire.”
Mara said she’s had creative talks about the project, but at this point, she’s not even sure if the film will be made. She told Ripa, “If it’s gonna happen, which I’m not sure, it’s pretty far away, I think.”
Mara also appeared as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s girlfriend, Erica Albright, in the Oscar nominated film, “The Social Network,” which was directed by David Fincher, who also directed her in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Fincher’s "Tattoo" film is the American version, as the movie was originally made and released in 2009 in Larsson’s native country, Sweden.
They moved on to discuss her latest cinematic effort, “Side Effects,” in which she stars opposite Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherina Zeta Jones. The psychological thriller is directed by Steven Soderbergh and Mara’s character, Emily, suffers from anxiety and depression.
Jude Law plays Emily’s psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Banks and Channing Tatum plays her husband, Martin. Kelly Ripa noted there are several twists, turns and surprises in the film. Mara agreed, but was careful not to give any plot secrets away.
She said, “It’s better to go into the film kind of not knowing anything about it.”
The brief plot summary on the film's official website states:
"SIDE EFFECTS is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects."
“Side Effects” opens in theaters nationwide on February 8, 2013.