Rooney Mara hates being a style icon

Rooney Mara has admitted that she doesn't want to be a style icon.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress explained that she finds it ''annoying'' when people want to know what she's wearing and would rather they focus on her acting skills instead her fashion sense.

Speaking to Vogue magazine, she said: ''The thing is, it's kind of an annoying part of the job - because I'm not a model, and I don't want to be. I didn't try to be a style icon. I'm just not that interested in that world. But [fashion] does matter, and either I can fight that or I just have to accept that it is a part of my job, and I may as well wear things that I like and that represent me.''

The 27-year-old star further explained that she dislike walking the red carpet, adding:

''[The red carpet experience] is a nightmare. It's a panic attack waiting to happen. I don't even like people to sing 'Happy Birthday' to me ... And then I have to walk out onto the middle of this carpet and there are all these photographers, and they're all screaming at you.

''Usually there's a party at the other end of it, so it's not even like I have solace at the end of the carpet! It's like then I have to walk into my other nightmare.''