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'I will cherish the memory of being here for marriage referendum' - Rooney Mara celebrates Irish roots

Sasha Brady

Published 23/11/2015 | 14:37

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Rooney Mara attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Hosts An Official Academy Screening Of CAROL on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Rooney Mara attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Hosts An Official Academy Screening Of CAROL on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

American actress Rooney Mara has revealed that she's proud of her Irish roots and will always cherish the time she spent in Ireland for the Marriage Equality referendum earlier this year.

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The 30-year-old was in Ireland to film Jim Sheridan's new movie, 'The Secret Scripture' when the referendum was passed.

Rooney Mara at the world premiere of Pan at London's Odeon Leicester Square
Rooney Mara at the world premiere of Pan at London's Odeon Leicester Square

"The Irish people made me so proud, not just for holding the first referendum on the subject, but for how overwhelmingly they said yes to love," the actress revealed to The Sun.

"I will cherish the memory of being in Ireland at such a time."

2/2/2015: Actor Rooney Mara gets a hot water bottle after finishing a scene from 'The Secret Scripture' being filmed in Inistiogue Co Kilkenny. Photo: Pat Moore
2/2/2015: Actor Rooney Mara gets a hot water bottle after finishing a scene from 'The Secret Scripture' being filmed in Inistiogue Co Kilkenny. Photo: Pat Moore

The New York-born actress hails from a wealthy and prominent Irish-American family. Her grand-uncle Daniel Rooney was the US ambassador to Ireland until 2002 and the Rooney family founded American football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Her paternal grandfather also founded the one of the biggest football teams in the US, the New York Giants, which her father Chris now runs.

Actress Rooney Mara at the Calvin Klein party in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Actress Rooney Mara at the Calvin Klein party in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

"My dad is one of 11 children and there's over 40 of us grandchildren. I had a very normal, nice childhood with an older sister and brother and one younger brother. We were your regular large Irish-Catholic family," Rooney said to The Sun.

"Despite the family heritage I came from, I've never been much of a sports person, so I think it was pretty clear from the beginning that that was not going to be my path."

Sublime: Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett star in the sensual love story, Carol.
Sublime: Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett star in the sensual love story, Carol.

The actress' career was instead inspired by her love of film, especially the work of Irish director Jim Sheridan. She admits that 'In the Name of the Father', 'My Left Foot' and and 'In America' are some of her favourite movies so she was thrilled to be cast as the lead in Sheridan's latest project, 'The Secret Scripture' - which also stars Irish actor Jack Reynor and Love/Hate star Tom Vaughan Lawlor.

"To be back in Ireland where we've been coming since I was a child, and to be working with an Irish director I've idolised all my life, was beyond belief. I was pinching myself on a daily basis while we were working."

Earlier this year, the the brunette star won Best Actress at the Cannes for her role in Carol, a movie that centres on two women who meet in early 1950s New York, fall in love on a road trip.

Rooney's character's love-interest is played by actress Cate Blanchett and the movie is already generating Oscar buzz.

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