This is no pie in the sky story! When Rooney Mara signed on to star in "A Ghost Story," one particular scene stuck out at her in which she was supposed to eat pie.
She was 31 years old at the time and had never eaten pie. Ever.
"It was certainly something that popped out at me when I read it, that was one of the things I was really excited to do. So, it doesn't surprise me that it's something that jumps out of the movie," Rooney, now 32, told The Los Angeles Times. "It was such a unique way of showing grief; we've never seen anything like that before. And I'd actually never had pie before. That was my first and last pie."
How is possible that someone hasn't ever had pie more than three decades into their life?
"I just don't really have a sweet tooth and I was a really, really strange, geeky child. Something about pie always grossed me out and I just never tried it before," she told the newspaper. "And this came along and I tried making them switch it to something else, but [Director David Lowery] really wanted it to be pie, so we did pie."
She decided to eat a gluten-free, chocolate cream pie after trying bites of several others. In the scene, Rooney vomits.
David described the scene to the newspaper, "In the script, the description was, 'She sits down and eats the entire thing.' It was just one line. I told her, 'Try to eat the whole thing and when you can't eat any more, get up and run to the bathroom. You don't actually need to throw up. But if you need to, go for it.'"
He added, "It was up to her to bring the scene to an end at the time she thought was appropriate, and she knew what the emotional intent behind the scene was, so there wasn't a lot of talking about it."