Robin Wright Says She 'Didn't Really Know' Kevin Spacey As She Preps To Build Her Own 'House Of Cards'
For the first time, the actress has detailed her limited relationship with her disgraced co-star.
The sixth and final season of House of Cards hits Netflix this fall, but this time, Robin Wright's Claire Underwood will be in the driver's seat. Actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct in October 2017. The allegation was followed by 15 others, including several from Netflix employees. Netflix swiftly fired Spacey from the show and promoted Wright. While she was notably silent on Spacey's mess for almost a year, the actress has finally broken her silence on the allegations. During a new appearance on The Today Show, she admitted she honestly "didn't know" the real Spacey.
"We were co-workers, really," she said. "We never socialized outside of work. [We had a] respectful professional relationship, he was so great with me." While she added that "he was never disrespectful to me," she admitted they had very limited interaction. "I haven’t heard from him and I don’t even know how to reach him," Wright said. "Kevin and I knew each other between 'action' and 'cut,' and in between set-ups where we would giggle. I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is."
"I think we were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened," Wright added. "We forged ahead, and we were so thankful that we were able to complete the series as planned."
As we've seen with many #MeToo allegations, when an actor is outed, his projects are canceled or pushed into limbo. This is an unfair punishment for the hundreds of innocent men and women who also worked on the projects. When Louis C.K was accused of sexual misconduct, his relationship with FX was canceled, including his forthcoming show, The Cops. This meant everyone involved in the show also lost their jobs. Thankfully, Netflix decided to move forward with the final season of House of Cards sans Spacey.
As a matter of fact, Wright's co-star, Patricia Clarkson, said Wright single-handedly saved the show from cancellation.
"Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods because when the show goes away, some people don’t get paid," Clarkson revealed in an interview with The Talk earlier this year. "I think it’s going to be a stunning, stunning new season and I’m thankful for it."
Wright is now the sole face of House of Cards, and her character has graduated from First Lady to President of the United States. Season 6 is Wright's time to shine, but it's a loaded honor — the actress has been tasked with picking up the pieces after Spacey's mess. It's a creative endeavor we wouldn't wish on anyone. However, Wright has gifted us many powerful female characters — HoC's Claire, Wonder Woman's Antiope, and A Most Wanted Man's Martha Sullivan, to name a few — throughout her career.
If there's anyone strong enough to "save" House of Cards, it's her.