Noomi Rapace, Swedish star of the foreign film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and Rooney Mara -- who is the new Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's American interpretation of the movie, will undoubtedly be compared when the film is released next week.

"Extra" breaks down five interesting facts about both actresses. Will the real Lisbeth Salander please stand up?

The Extra List: 'Dragon Tattoo's' Noomi Rapace vs. Rooney Mara

Backgrounds

Photo: Mara (left), Rapace (right) Rooney Mara, 5'3" was born in 1985 to New York Giants executive Timothy Christopher Mara and real estate agent kathleen McNulty. Noomi Rapace, 5'4" was born in 1979 to an actress and Spanish Flamenco dancer.

What's in a Name?

Photo: Mara (left), Rapace (right) Strangely, Rooney and Noomi rhyme! Rooney's birth name is Patricia Rooney Mara. Her mother's maiden name is Rooney. Noomi was born Noomi Noren. Rapace is her ex-husband's last name.

Big Break

Photo: Rapace (left), Mara (right) Rapace's performance in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was well received, and earned her international stardom. Mara's big break came in 2010 when she was cast as the lead in the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

Personal Quotes

Photo: Rapace (left), Mara (right) Noomi on a pet peeve: "I hate when you see a film and after one scene you know what's going to happen and you can predict the whole story. I hate that. I think it's very boring." Mara on the poster for "Dragon Tattoo": "There's a certain way people are used to seeing nude women, and that's in a submissive, coy pose, not looking at the camera. And in this poster, I'm looking dead into the camera with no expression on my face. I think it freaks a lot of people out."

Piercings

Photo: Mara (left), Rapace (right) Both Rooney and Noomi had real piercings for their role as Lisbeth, but Noomi used the holes of her old piercings from her days as a young punk rocker, while Rooney reportedly received multiple ear, eyebrow and nipple piercings in Brooklyn and Sweden.

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