Rooney Mara versus Kate Mara: who looked cuter at Kate’s premiere?

Does anyone else feel kind of bad for Kate Mara? She’s Rooney Mara’s older sister (older by two years) and it wasn’t that long ago that Kate Mara was the sister posed for a big Hollywood breakout. Kate was the one working consistently in films and television, and she had more name recognition. Then Rooney scored a small part in The Social Network, which led to the role of a lifetime as Lisbeth Salander in the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which led to magazine covers and fame and money and an Oscar nomination and now people are like “Kate who?”

So these are new photos of the premiere of House of Cards, which is a new TV show starring Kevin Spacey, and Kate has a supporting part. Rooney came out to support her sister, which… is nice, I guess? Kate came to the Oscars last year to support Rooney, and I guess they have a history of showing up for each other’s red carpets and stuff. But it still feels somewhat passive-aggressive on Rooney’s part. Like, “Oh, congrats on your little TV show, I’m about to film a sequel to my Oscar-nominated lead role, haha.” These two just seem more like Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine as opposed to… like, the Olsen sisters.

As for fashion, Rooney is wearing a really terrible Band of Outsiders jumpsuit. Are those Hammer pants? Her outfit looks like something Justin Bieber would wear. Maybe that’s Rooney’s gift to her sister – Rooney will passive-aggressively walk Rooney’s red carpet, but Rooney will make sure that she wears something awful. Kate’s dress is Dolce & Gabbana – it’s sparkly and meh. It would have been a much better look without the white lace hem details.

PS… Is it just me or do both Mara girls have terrible posture? It’s beyond the “hipster slump”.

Photos courtesy of Ivan Nikolov/

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  1. normades says:

    I know I’ll be the outsider here, but Rooney’s look is much more fashion forward.

    As for their careers, anything can happen. Kate could score a big role and become just as big.

  2. Shady says:

    They both look nice but I’ll go with Kate on this one.

  3. TheOriginalKitten says:

    It pains me to admit that Rooney Mara is one of the few women that can pull off a jumpsuit.

    That being said, can I give them a tie for being equally annoying?
    I have irrational hatred for both.

  4. Maya says:

    I really don’t get why so many people here have been so anti-Rooney. Personally, I really like her.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I think it has to do with her giving ungrateful interviews during which she was bashing her early career gigs, like Law& Order: SVU. In my eyes JLaw has said a lot more problematic stuff, but she gets away with it because she is trying really hard to seem relatable and “real”, like someone you love to hang out with, whereas Rooney doesn´t give a fuck about that.
      I still like Rooney a lot, I love her look, very HF and I want to see that Terrence Malick movie with her and Ryan Gosling and Fassbender.

    • minime says:

      hm…to me it also has to do with the fact that her success came from copying someone’s else acting, and rather badly. The hate is not only on her but on everyone who decided that it was necessary to remake a movie that was already done only 2 years before just to put a Hollywood stamp on it(The girl with the dragon tattoo). Noomi Rapace was so great in that role!!

      And her interviews where she comes as an obnexious hipster wannabe don’t help either.

    • Merritt says:

      @ Maya
      Rooney’s privilege came across loud and clear in several interviews she gave. She panned several of her earlier roles.

      She came across as ungrateful because she didn’t seem to get that the roles that she was horrified to have done, an actor who really needed to make it, would have been thankful for.

    • Maya says:

      Lots of good points here – I had totally forgotten about how she badmouthed her early roles. As you guys pointed out, that does suggest a certain sense of entitlement, although I think it also had to do with her being unused to giving interviews and not really realizing that too much honesty is not a good thing.

      Also, I have to disagree with minime’s comment that she simply copied Noomi Rapace in her Dragon Tattoo role. I think they gave very different performances that were both impressive in their own way. And I know I’m in the minority on this but I actually liked the Fincher version a lot more than the Swedish film – I felt like it was more faithful to the book.

      Anyway, something about her recent Vogue profile made me like her a lot, especially learning about the charity she started when she was in college.

  5. Ms Kay says:

    Ah? Well I like Rooney outfit, because that is basically how I dress up and same hairdo at times so I go for the familiar…

  6. Harper says:

    Well, they look like a real barrel of laughs.

  7. Jenna says:

    Eh. I think Kate is cuter in general, so…yay Kate?

  8. lexy says:

    I really liked kate in nip tuck and this rooney seems like a whiney turd. Plus, she must be bitter about the shitty name yea?

  9. Malaney says:

    I can’t stand Rooney but she definitely beats her sister in the looks department. compared to rooney, kate ist very plain looking.

  10. GoodCapon says:

    Meh, they both look really bland here.

    Also Kate Mara was never really on my radar, even before Rooney burst into the scene. I just don’t watch any of her TV shows *shrug*

  11. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Just found out Rooney was originally cast in Bigelows Zero Dark Thirty, but dropped out 2 weeks before the filming started and got replaced by Jessica Chastain.

  12. Amy says:

    House of Cards is also produced and directed by David Fincher.

  13. amanda says:

    They both look like they raided their grans closet. Yuck.

  14. Jm says:

    Could it possibly be that Rooney chose a pantsuit so as not to upstage her sister????????

    Calling her clothing choice passive-agressive is a little much!

  15. mia girl says:

    I really liked Kate Mara in Brokeback Mountain and in the indie film HappyThankYouMorePlease. I find her to be much prettier and watchable than her sister…and just as good an actress. For me, Rooney is blah.

  16. Amanda says:

    Don’t like Complainey Mara as much as Kate, but in this case she doesn’t look so bad. It’s probably because she’s not trying so hard to be “goth” and “cool” to make people think she’s really like Lisbeth Salander.

  17. MrsBPitt says:

    I will always be grateful to my mother for always telling me to stand up straight, until it became second nature…Thanks Mom!!!

  18. The Original Mia says:

    Don’t see any passive aggressiveness. I see sisters supporting each other. Like they always have.

    I prefer Kate’s look, but Mara looks nice too.

  19. sarah says:

    I adore Kate. I’ve never watched Rooney in anything. But Kate is just awesome, she’s so cute. So another one for Team Kate!

  20. Abby says:

    I think Kate is beautiful! wasn’t she in Shooter?

  21. janet says:

    Kate is far better looking…Rooney is the daugther of Spock.

  22. Kate is cute but Rooney is beautiful and a MUCH better actress.

  23. Madpoe says:

    Both their faces are too sharp for my computer screen. sorry

  24. Grace says:

    Ugh. Why is Rooney doing the balled fist Kristen Stewart thing with her hands? Is that what “edgy” girls do now in Hollywood?

  25. Isa says:

    I can’t believe people think Kate is a good actress. I saw her in Shooter and she was so awkward!
    We watched 10 years recently and she was in it. As soon as she came on screen I asked me husband “wtf is up with her lips?!?” After a while it became apparent they were chapped from all the licking, biting, and pulling her top lip under her teeth. Every scene! It was so annoying.

  26. Roo says:

    Now that she’s grown out those fug bangs, I actually think Rooney is more interesting looking then her sister. I liked Kate in AHS, though.

  27. Eleonor says:

    I’ve forgotten she exists.

  28. Mazunte says:

    I really like Rooney Mara. She is the only actress in their 20s who I truly like. An unusual-looking, pretty and talented actress with an unique style, who doesn’t fake smiles on the red carpet nor tries to please everybody like JLawrence. I think she pulls off that jumpsuit. She obviously wanted to wear something more discreet than her sister, because it was Kate’s night.

  29. Chelsea's handler says:

    In those photos Kate by a mile. But in other photos I’ve seen Rooney looks waay better.

  30. Sachi says:

    Kate has a very elegant, refined face. Classic features. She’s one of those people who rarely take bad photos, smiling or not.

    I don’t like her dress, though.

    Rooney’s face is more ‘haunting’ for me. I saw the cover for Vogue with her on it as well as her photo shoot, and I thought she looked very beautiful. She’s not conventionally pretty but she has something that catches your eye and keeps your attention.

    She looks chic and fashionable even with a simple jumpsuit.

  31. Meg says:

    kate has color to her face, skin, clothing. mara looks so extreme-she’s not ugly but man her styling really ramps up her weird features.
    she was so pretty in the social network, can’t believe this is the same girl

  32. Nikki says:

    I love Rooney Mara and just watched TGWTDT two nights ago, for the second time. I was/am entranced by her performance and her interpretation of the role. She is edgy, she is chic. I love her and her like her outfit. Sister, not so much.

  33. Joanna says:

    Kate always looks cuter than Rooney

  34. Delilah says:

    Kate’s prettier. Loved her in Transiberian. I want her on the screen more, but maybe she’s lacking the je ne sais quoi that’s landing her sis the big roles. Kate’s niche is Indie while her sis’ is obviously commercial. Well done both!