Rooney Mara in red lace Valentino in Rome: very pretty or too frilly?

These are some new photos of Rooney Mara and her God and Creator, director David Fincher, in Rome. I guess Daniel Craig wasn’t contractually obligated to make appearances for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo any further than Berlin. Or maybe Rooney and Fincher just wanted to have some private time in Rome. Is that gross? I can’t decide if it’s really gross or just sort of uncomfortable. Obviously, there’s the age difference, and the difference in status. It’s all so Pygmalion – Prof. Higgins and his Eliza Doolittle. And look at the way they look at each other. They’re doing it. Gross? Eh.

As for Rooney and her shot of color – my immediate assumption was correct, this dress is Valentino. It reminds me of the lace dress Keira Knightley wore at the 2011 Venice Film Festival premiere of A Dangerous Method, although I liked Keira’s a lot better, and Keira wore her dress with more elegance. Still, it’s interesting to see Rooney in color. Red works on her, and I appreciate that her makeup is improving. I still think she needs a new stylist, though.

I’m also including photos from the photo call earlier in the day yesterday. I wish we had better photos of Rooney’s dress at the Rome photo call. She wore this odd Dion Lee leather dress – you can see it here. It’s… weird. I don’t think Rooney has the kind of figure that she thinks she has.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. NosPe says:

    Very, very, very, very pretty dress. I wish someone like Angelina Jolie had worn this at the prime of her beauty.

  2. Scarlet Vixen says:

    She needs to hike her boobs up a few inches. They looked sad and neglected.

    And the red dress would look better cocktail or even tea-length.

  3. Kendall says:

    I don’t like her hair. I wish she’d wear more makeup, too. She looks like a zombie. The Valentino dress is nice, but everything else is just ick.

  4. CG says:

    I wish she’d do something about those godawful bangs. Yes, I realize she’s probably contractually obligated to keep them until the second and third movies are done filming, but she’s pushed them off to the side on one or two red carpets and that makes her look so much better!

  5. Marjalane says:

    Bangs trauma. They look like a low slung yarmulke.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I like that dress, and I’m not really a frilly person. Her makeup looks great with it too, but I agree the hair is too severe.

  7. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Ha ha..oh man…the bangs trauma just kills me. The dress is awful but I guess it suits her *oh-so-avante-garde-style*? She’s just so completely unattractive to me. Bleh. Cue the “she’s so edgy and stylish and different!” defense comments.

  8. Kaboom says:

    I’m seriously bored by her.

  9. ladybert62 says:

    Dress is ok – makeup is better than usual. The bangs have got to go – makes it look like she only has half of a head.

  10. someone says:

    the last picture says it all….but on a positive note her makeup is really pretty!

  11. carrie says:

    OMG she’s in colorful clothes!!! she looks better

  12. Franny says:

    I think she looks very nice. I don’t even hate the bangs when they are styled like they are in the red dress. She looks very pretty which she has that little angelic smirk on her face…she knows how to work her angles, thats for sure.

  13. Boo says:

    Rooney is homely looking, and I’m sick to death of everything about her–her horrible make-up, those dumb bangs, her “I’m so edgy” terrible fashion choices, and her superior attitude. Go away, Rooney. Please.

    • MST says:

      She reminds me of another actress that was touted as the next big thing — Hilary Swank. Talented, but not lots of appeal, for some reason.

  14. Maya says:

    Valentino is for women who are over 30.
    After the royal wedding, and that hideous beige number that Princess Eugenie (either her or her sister) wore, I dislike Valentino. He needs to retire.
    This dress, although a nice colour, reminds me of a toilet roll cover.

    • JulieM says:

      Um- Valentino did retire about 4 years ago. Two shoe/handbag designers are now running the line. Watch “The Last Emperor” if you want a good laugh.

  15. Mi says:

    What is up with her face? In some photos I’ve seen of her from this litttle tour she looks very unattractive and goofy and yeah you get my meaning. Then in others she looks really gorgeous!

    • yael says:

      she’s a hit-or-miss photographee (is that a word?)

      i feel her pain on that one. some photos you look great, and then a tiny shift of the head and you look like a troll.

    • janie says:

      Meh, I bet she’s prettier in real life. I have the same problem as her-sharp features, thin face, ears that stick out- and look consistently horrible in about half the photos I’m in. With a thin, angular face, even the slightest asymmetry can show up in photos and make a person look “off” while you would never notice it in person.

    • DeE says:

      The last pic of her looking up smiling…that one she looks soooooooo CUTE!

  16. says:

    I like the top part of the red dress. The bottom, not so much.

  17. Blue says:

    I just feel like tilting her chin up. The way Fincher is looking at her makes me feel icky.

  18. Jules says:

    Her make up looks very nice. I also hate those bangs, but I guess she has to keep them for a bit.

    • normades says:

      yeah, people don’t get that she’s still slightly keeping in character for the promo of the film. Her hair and style will change after it’s over.

  19. Talie says:

    These two definitely have something between them–you can see the tension in the photos. I feel bad for Cean, his producing/life partner. Unless she’s really evolved, I doubt she’ll take it well.

    • Esmom says:

      I know. Ugh.

    • ad says:

      *sigh* What an assumption! They’ve worked together for over a year. They likely know each other pretty well, just as she knows Daniel Craig well. The idea that two people can’t make eye contact on a red carpet or else they must be fucking is pretty insane.

      It’s funny to me the idea that people on Celebitchy would know more about their relationship than Cean Chaffin, who produced the movie & was on set every day.

  20. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Oh I “get” that she has to keep the hairstyle for movie promotions but it doesn’t change the fact she still looks awful.

  21. MST says:

    The only pretty thing about her are her eyes.

  22. Ctgirl says:

    This dress is such a throwback to the 1950′s. Not in a good way.

  23. MST says:

    Fincher has a face like a drunken bird of prey and is chunky, just a few pounds away from having man-boobs. Now, I don’t judge people by their weight, but if this was a female director with more than a few extra pounds, she would be talked about like a dawg, (and probably right here on this site).

  24. taxi says:

    Cute in the dress. Alien ears.

  25. ruby says:

    Her makeup is improving and I find myself liking this dress. I still hate her hairstyle, it’s a trainwreck.

    I hate admitting this but my gut feeling is that there is something inappropriate with her and Fincher. Really hope I’m wrong.

  26. Marianne says:

    For all the people who don’t like her hair. It’s her “lisbeth hair”. There obviously isn’t much she can do with it. Even if she didnt have another Dragon tattoo movie to shoot, her hair would still be growing out, and therefore she would still have bangs.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Shave her head or wear a fucking wig or a big 10-gallon hat. Any of those ridiculous options would still be better than this shit.

  27. Ravensdaughter says:

    The red really suits her. If you remember all the silly color matching from the 1980′s, she’s a “Winter”. The dress is perhaps a bit too girly, but again-that red is gorgeous.

  28. stephanie says:

    dress is amazing.

  29. Sarah says:

    Does it come in white? My daughter needs a dress for her 1st communion.

  30. marie says:

    Dr. Spock beam up your daughter….she’s a freak.

  31. Amy says:

    Ok. I’ve changed my mind about Rooney. I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo today, and I thought she owned it. I was prepared to hate her as much as I loved Noomi Rapace in the role, but I couldn’t. I thought she did a great job. Even if she’s a douche in real life, I think I have a soft spot for her now.

  32. Luckylilgem says:

    She was amazing in the movie, but talk about bangs trauma on the red carpet. Girl get some hair extensions!

  33. Mary says:

    I think she looks nice and edgy. You should accept that there are people who are different, not everyone should wear extensions, great lashes, spray on tan etc. She has this special, more intelectual look. She is certainly not Barbie – baby-pinkish blond.

  34. swen says:

    its difficult to make a Valentino dree look anything but spectacular

    but Rooney Mara did it

    I just hope this isnt the new
    ‘standard” of beauty

    Im so tired of her “middle aged white man fantasy” thing