In a memorable—and, in hindsight, probably mortifying—guest turn early in her career, on Law & Order: SVU, Rooney Mara played a girl who viciously bullied fat people. The early introduction to Hollywood is made all the more cringe-worthy considering the lengths the actress went to in order to achieve the emaciated look of Lisbeth Salander for her Oscar-nominated turn in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Mara “starved” herself before filming began, part of a head-to-toe makeover that included shaving her eyebrows and half her head, and getting eye, ear, and nipple piercings. She says her director, David Fincher, played no part in the weight loss. “David didn’t want me to lose any weight,” Mara said. “That was something that I wanted to do that he was, kind of, opposed to.” Yet during a widely circulated interview with Vogue, the interviewer noticed that Mara wouldn’t order food until Fincher gave her permission—joking, “You can have lettuce and a grape. A raisin if you must”—and even then she only ordered fish, which she “barely” touched.