White Person Rooney Mara Is Very Sorry About Playing Tiger Lily in Pan

Rooney Mara in Pan.

Before Rooney Mara was an Oscar nominee for Carol, she played Tiger Lily in Pan, last year’s little-loved Peter Pan origin story — a controversial choice, as Tiger Lily is Native American and Rooney Mara, for all her other splendid qualities, is not. Now, on the same day that a USC study has illuminated just how whitewashed Hollywood is, Mara has spoken out about the casting, expressing more regret for the whole situation. “I really hate, hate, hate that I am on that side of the whitewashing conversation. I really do,” she told The Telegraph. “I don’t ever want to be on that side of it again. I can understand why people were upset and frustrated.” Though Mara has no unkind words for director Joe Wright, she does admit that the casting process should have gone in a different direction: “Do I think all of the four main people in the film should have been white with blonde hair and blue eyes? No. I think there should have been some diversity somewhere.” At this, Charlotte Rampling was heard loudly complaining about racism against white pirates.

Rooney Mara Regrets Playing Tiger Lily in Pan