Actress Noomi Rapace is beginning to come around to having a pet again after working at an animal rescue centre in Queens, New York in preparation for her role in new movie The Drop.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star plays a woman caring for an abused dog in the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's story and she felt she needed to get closer to canines again after one she had as a pet when she was a girl left her heartbroken when he died.

She explains, "I grew up on a farm and we had lots of horses. My best friend was a dog. He was a b**tard; he was a mix of different things. He was big and black and quite aggressive but he loved me. He was always next to me, slept in my bed and I loved him.

"He was my best friend and we lived out in the middle of nowhere so it was just me and him pretty much. Then he died on me. He was hit by a car when I was 11 and he broke my heart. After that I thought I won't survive again, so I kind of closed my heart a little bit to pets."