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Rooney Mara stars in Lion, out now.
In 2015, Rooney Mara was turning 30, and she had a plan: She was moving house, and then she was going to take a break from making movies and spend her birthday in India, a country she has always wanted to visit. What she (“adamantly!”) was not going to do was work, which is why she really only read the script for Lion, out now, as a favour. “It was so beautiful, and such an incredible story, and I was like, ‘I’m still not doing it, but at least I’ll speak to Garth [Davis, the director],’” she explains. “After five minutes with him, I was like, ‘I’m definitely doing this.’ I’m so happy I did.”
The story that grabbed Mara is this: Lion is based on the true tale of a boy named Saroo, who wanders from his home village in India, loses touch with his family, is adopted by an Australian couple and eventually, as an adult, tracks down his birth mother using Google Maps. The role Mara fell for (and about which she made a joke that it was “an actual supporting role,” in reference to the controversy about her Oscar nomination last year, when her main-character role in Carol made the Best Supporting Actress short list) is that of Lucy, the girlfriend of the adult Saroo (played by “When did he get so hot?” Dev Patel).
Eighteen months after Mara’s decision to abandon her big birthday sabbatical, we’re with the American actress in a Toronto hotel room. It’s a few days after the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). While Mara seemed aloof and a little uncomfortable walking the red carpet, today she’s confident and clever (and devastatingly cool, with her hair slicked back in a bun). The only indication this whole movie-star lark might not be entirely her thing is her nervous fidgeting with a silver ring, which she puts on and takes off on a loop during our chat. (Later, she confesses to a discomfort with red carpets in particular: “The first year at TIFF no one knew who I was, so no one was looking at me on the red carpet. I still feel uncomfortable but in a much different way. Now, the fear is more ‘real’—people are actually looking at me and judging me so it’s a rational fear.”)
Mara is a thoughtful and considered question answerer. When asked whether she believes that fate guides her life, she thinks for a moment. “It’s weird because I have two distinct sides: One is very logical and grounded, and the other is very much in fairyland,” she says. “I believe in destiny, in a way, but I also believe in free will and that we are the masters of our own fate. But I believe there is some pull that the universe has in where we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to be doing.”And then she laughs: “I don’t want to sound kooky, though! I am an intuitive person, and that’s how I make my decisions. Every time I don’t follow that feeling, it leads me to the wrong thing or something that doesn’t turn out good.”
And maybe it’s that experience that leads Mara to give a pre-emptive “No!” when the idea of ever being in a romcom comes up, or being in a movie about football, given her family’s involvement in the sport. (The Maras are part owners of the New York Giants.) “I love sports movies; I love an underdog story,” she says. “But I would stay away from being in one because [being interviewed] would be very painful for me because that’s all people would want to know about.”
In Lion, Lucy knows Saroo when he is living in Australia—which means, ironically, that Mara was one of the few actors working on the film who didn’t get to shoot in India. “I still haven’t been there!” she says. “But I’m going to go next year during my time off.” Unless the universe has other plans—right, Rooney?
Viola Desmond will be on the $10 bill.
There's an excting (and long overdue TBH) change coming to Canada's $10 bills: They will now feature the face of an extraordinary Canadian woman.
The shortlist for the spot was announced earlier this year, and included the suffragette Idola Saint-Jean and Olympian Bobbie Rosenfeld, but it was civl rights activist Viola Desmond who the Bank of Canada ultimately chose for the prime spot on our blue bank note.
It was for such a time as this that Heritage Minutes were created, so we'll refer you to the spot released about Ms. Desmond last year for the full primer on the Nova Scotia native (but the TL:DR version is that she was an entrepreneur ahead of her time who played a pivotal role in the Canadian civil rights struggle):
The bills will be in circulation in 2018.
Pippa Middleton is getting married in May 2017.
Technically, this isn't actually a "royal" wedding, since neither the bride nor the groom are in fact actually royals themselves...although the bride is a royal-in-law, so...
Anyway! Pippa Middleton has set the date for her nuptials to hedge-fund guy James Mathews, so save the date for May 20, 2017 royal-watchers. (PS They couple has actually sent out the save the dates already so if you haven't gotten yours yet...tough luck old chum).
The big event is happening in Berkshire, England, and here's the best part (other than whether Harry will bring Meg as his date): George and Charlotte are in the bridal party! Prince G will be a page boy and the little princess will be a flower girl. Kate's not a bridesmaid, but she apparently will be doing a reading at some point in the ceremony.
See some of the stunning photos makeup-free celebrities in the 2017 Pirelli Calendar.
Photoshop took a little vacation from the 2017 Pirelli Calendar. Actresses were shot in black and white by photographer Peter Lindbergh in little to no makeup and without retouching.
The iconic calendar, which was launched in 1964, was once known for its glamorous images of supermodels and celebrities posing in lingerie or even naked. (See Gigi Hadid below in the 2015 edition.)
But following last year’s iconic shot of Amy Schumer, it’s clear that the brand is moving in a different direction— one that’s celebrating these stars in their natural, unfiltered state.
Take a look at a few of this year’s images.
Julianne Moore in the 2017 Pirelli Calendar. Source: pirellicalendar.com
Uma Thurman in the 2017 Pirelli Calendar. Source: pirellicalendar.com
Nicole Kidman in the 2017 Pirelli Calendar. Source: pirellicalendar.com