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Rooney Mara: I’m terrified of theatre

Rooney Mara was thrilled her Carol meeting with Cate Blanchett lived up to all her expectations and more.

Actress Rooney Mara fears her crippling stage fright will get in the way of her dreams of starring in a play.

The 30 year old has starred in a number of highly acclaimed movies, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Her, and upcoming film Carol, but despite her success on the big screen, Rooney worries her stage fright will hold her back from treading the boards.

“On film, yes, the camera is watching you, but it’s so intimate,” she explained to Interview magazine. “But it’s just you and the other actor and then there’s some people watching the monitor. I would like to do theatre, but I’m terrified. I have such bad stage fright. I hate being on display like that. On stage, there are hundreds of people watching you. I would not be able to perform on stage…but I’m sure it’s exhilarating.”

One way Rooney deals with her nerves on a film set is to make sure she has time away from the rest of the cast and crew, and after long days of filming, the star enjoys going home and having some ‘me’ time.

“I like being alone,” she admitted. “I need a lot of alone time as a human. And especially on a movie set when you’re around people all day long. So it’s actually kind of nice to go home to a hotel and be alone and unwind. But, of course, it gets lonely. I’m constantly either in hotels or somewhere else. But I like it. I might get tired of it at some point, but for now I like being a nomad.”

Rooney may have been more reluctant to head off for her usual alone time on the set of Carol, as she stars alongside Cate Blanchett, who she deeply admires. The women play secret lovers in the Todd Haynes movie and Rooney admits it wasn’t hard to act besotted with the Australian.

“She’s just so incredible,” she gushed. “It was pretty easy to pretend to be enamoured by her. And she’s quick and witty and funny. She’s very confident. It’s amazing. Usually it’s not that great to meet your idols and work with them; it’s kind of a letdown. This definitely wasn’t. She’s much different than I had in my head, but kind of better, in a way. It was also obviously terrifying.”

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