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Rooney Mara: I can relate to 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth (Video)

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12/25/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Rooney Mara says she can relate to her "outcast" character in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

In the film, the 26-year-old actress plays Lisbeth Salander, a superhacker, private investigator and rape survivor who helps Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist played by James Bond actor Daniel Craig, tackle a freelance assignment by an elderly businessman who wants to find out what happened to his grand-niece. The film hit theaters on December 20.

"I've never seen a movie like this before, certainly not in my lifetime," Mara said in an interview provided by the film's studio, Columbia Pictures.

"The thing I really related with her [Salander] and I think the thing most audiences can relate to is that sort of feeling of being misunderstood or outcast," she said. "I think everyone at some point in their life has probably felt that way. No matter how cool they are, at some point in your life - whether it's middle school, high school whenever - you can relate to that feeling of being misunderstood or outcast."

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

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 film on December 15.

Mara was so dedicated to the role that she previously told Allure magazine that it was "necessary" to get a real nipple piercing to play the part of Salander.

"She's very slow to warm and slow to trust people and she likes to spend most of her time by herself. I can relate to that. There's a lot about her I can relate to," Mara said about Salander. "I think she's very odd and I think -- I don't think she's a badass I just think she's got nothing left to lose. Because you just don't know how far they're willing to go. "

Check out the trailer for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" below.

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