Excerpts below, plus gorgeous black-and-white pictures from the mag's photo shoot.
Soderbergh: Why did [Fincher] have to do so many takes on all your scenes [in "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"]?
Mara: Har, har . . . Because I am such a pleasure to be around, Fincher would prolong my scenes so that I would be on set all of the time. And maybe because I am stubborn, I thought that I could out-stubborn him. But you can’t out-stubborn a Finch. He was always right, though. Not everyone can make films with “less than one take,” like you.
Soderbergh: So why didn't you win the Oscar?
Mara: Lots of reasons . . . I know how much you love your Oscar. My dog’s name is Oskar.
Soderbergh: Why are you naked in every movie?
Mara: I just do what I’m told, when I’m told. There is a line, though—like when you asked me to do reverse cowgirl with Channing [Tatum, who plays Mara’s husband in "Side Effects"], and I put my foot down. If the character should be nude in the scene and it makes sense and I trust the person making the film—and I regret my decision to trust you now that I know you more—then I don’t see a problem with it. I certainly don’t want to be involved in anything that is gratuitous, but I don’t think the human body is something to be ashamed of. Every other person on the planet has the same parts as I do. So seeing them shouldn’t be a huge shock to most people.
Soderbergh: So why don’t you eat normal food?
Mara: By “normal,” do you mean food that has been genetically modified? I try to eat food that hasn’t been washed in ammonia and then packaged in the shape of breaded dinosaurs filled with cheese—even though those are very tasty. I like to eat food that can actually make it through the 20-plus feet of my small intestine.