Chris Serico • The Journal News • Dec. 1, 2009 • Photo: Carucha Meuse
Once reluctant to pursue the career that made her older sister, Kate Mara, a movie star, actress Rooney Mara never hesitated to follow a calling that often takes her 7,337 miles from her native Bedford.
In just her early 20s, Rooney Mara is the founder of a charity that benefits young orphans in Kibera, an African slum of about 1 million people living in 1 square mile of Nairobi, Kenya. And through Sunday, her online auction of sports- and entertainment-themed rarities will raise thousands more dollars to help build and support a facility on land she bought for Faces of Kibera.
“I went there, one of the last times I was there, in my pigtails, and bought 6 acres of land,” she says with a wide smile. “It was crazy.”