In last month's issue of Vogue, actress Rooney Mara revealed the extreme lengths she went to to get the role of Lisbeth Salander in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' including getting very drunk the night before her audition (something director David Fincher suggested she do). After being offered the part, Mara chopped off her hair, bleached her eyebrows and pierced her nipple, all in the hopes of physically transforming herself into fictional heroine of Steig Larsson's best-selling novel series. However, becoming Lisbeth wasn't just about serious style changes -- for the movie, Mara was also required to smoke cigarettes, get naked on-screen, and film a rape scene. So, what was the one thing that made her feel slightly uncomfortable? Riding a motorcycle, naturally.

In this week's issue of EW, Mara admitted that "there were certainly things I was scared to do, but I never thought I wasn't up for the challenge... The ­motorcycle was the thing I ­really didn't want to do. You know, you're ­going to be raped, be naked... But as soon as he was like, 'You're going to have to ride a motorcycle,' I was like, 'Oh, really?'"

Mara's role in the film has already been generating early Oscar buzz. 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' hits theaters on Dec. 21

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