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OTRC: Rooney Mara clears up 'Law & Order' role confusion

Rooney Mara appears in a scene from the U.S. remake of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.' / Rooney Mara appears in an episode of 'Law & Order: SVU' in 2006. (Columbia TriStar / NBC)

Rooney Mara, star of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," wants to clarify how she feels about one of her earliest roles.

The movie is the biggest feature film of the 26-year-old's career. She plays troubled computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the highly anticipated Hollywood remake of a Swedish thriller, alongside Daniel Craig. Her eerie on-screen transformation, complete with body piercings, has people talking. So do her recent published comments about a smaller acting role many may have forgotten.

The rising starlet appeared in a 2006 episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in an episode titled "Fat." Mara plaed a young girl named Jessica DeLay, who is scarred by her own experiences and had an immense hatred for overweight people.

Allure magazine talked to Mara about the part and quoted her as saying in an interview published in its January 2012 issue, which came out recently: "It was so awful. So stupid. People are obsessed with that show. I don't get it." The actress clarifies her remarks in a new interview.

"The "SVU" thing - that's just not true," Mara told The Huffington Post in an interview published on Monday, December 19. "That was my first job. It couldn't have been more exciting for me. It's an experience I hold very dear to my heart. People take things out of context, and that's just not the case. I was more nervous doing that job than I was doing this job."

Mara's appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" marked her first television role and second on-screen acting part. The show is currently in its 13th season and has a large fan following. Mara went on to have small parts on shows such as "ER" and also had roles in the 2010 films "The Social Network" and the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

"'Nightmare on Elm Street' was a really hard movie to make, and I didn't love the experience, but I would never take it back because I feel like I learned something from it and it brought me to my next job," Mara told The Huffington Post. "I feel like every job I've ever had has led me to the next, and whether you like something or not, you always learn from it, and I think sometimes it's good to do those jobs that weren't necessarily easy to make, and you learn the most about yourself from those.

The actress was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama for her role in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" on December 15.

In addition to being a hacker, her character is also a private investigator and rape survivor who helps Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist played by Craig, tackle a freelance assignment by an elderly businessman who wants to find out what happened to his grand-niece. The film hits theaters on Thursday, December 20.

A Swedish film adaptation of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" was released in 2009 and starred Noomi Rapace as Salander.

Mara was so dedicated to the role that she said she felt it was "necessary" to get a real nipple piercing.

"I'm naked quite a lot in the movie," Mara said. "And I thought, (Salander) has it in the book, and she should have it [in the movie]. Because of all the tattoos and the makeup and the piercings, and the physical transformations my body has to go through, it would always feel sort of like I was in costume, even if I was naked."

Check out the trailer for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" below as well as information about its characters and the actors playing them.

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