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Rooney Mara Talks Christmas Traditions with Jimmy Fallon

Posted Tuesday December 20, 2011 6:35 AM GMT

With her new movie "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opening up in theaters today, Rooney Mara was last night's (December 19) guest on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon".

The 26-year-old actress turned up at NBC's Rockefeller Center looking adorable in a black and white mock neck slit Rodarte for Open Ceremony dress paired with black Prada ankle strap heels for the talk show appearance.

Aside from plugging her much-awaited motion picture, Miss Mara talked with Jimmy about sitting on Santa's lap during her family's Christmas Eve get-together.

Of the family tradition, Rooney dished, "There's over forty grandchildren and every Christmas Eve we go to their house [her grandparents] and they have Santa Claus come and we have to sit on his lap to get our present."

Curious as to who takes on the role of St. Nick, Fallon asked, "Is it just a stranger, like a drifter off the street or do you hire a real Santa Claus?"

"No, it's usually like one of my uncle's brothers or something," Mara replied before Jimmy chimed in, "So I guess it would be your uncle..."

Clarifying things up, Rooney said, "No, no. Not blood related," to which Fallon joked, "Oh, not blood-related? That's a rule [laughs]. You can't be blood-related or you can't play Santa!"

Enjoy the pictures of Rooney Mara visiting 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (December 19).

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