And Kate Mara spoke to the New York Times recently about the #MeToo scandal that torched his career after he was accused of making a sexual advance on a minor when he was 26 years old.
Asked if she had suspected Kevin of any such malfeasance before the allegation went public, Kate, 35, replied: ‘No, that whole thing to me to this day is very shocking and devastating all around.’
Old colleagues: Kate Mara spoke to the New York Times recently about the #MeToo scandal that torched her onetime House Of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey’s career
On the first season of House Of Cards, Kate features as an enterprising journalist who begins a sexual relationship with Kevin’s grasping politician Frank Underwood.
By the start of the second season, Kate’s character Zoe Barnes has become a dangerous thorn in Frank’s side, so he hurls her in front of a train.
‘I had a really amazing experience on that show for the 13 episodes I was on it,’ said Kate of the show, from which Kevin was fired after news of the scandal broke.
Near the end of last year, Anthony Rapp claimed to Buzzfeed that Kevin made an inebriated physical pass at him when Anthony was 14 and Kevin was 26.
Holding forth: Asked if she had suspected Kevin of any such malfeasance earlier, Kate replied: ‘No, that whole thing to me to this day is very shocking and devastating all around’
Kevin was subsequently not just fired from House Of Cards – the upcoming season of which will be its last – but also removed from the film All The Money In The World.
Though he had already filmed his scenes for the Ridley Scott picture, the movie underwent a breakneck re-shoot to replace Kevin with Christopher Plummer, who went on to earn an Oscar nomination for his performance.
Kevin reportedly retreated mid-scandal to The Meadows – the same Arizona rehab Harvey Weinstein slunk off to for sex addiction treatment amid a storm of sexual misconduct allegations that included accusations of rape.
The producer has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Throwback: On House Of Cards, Kate features as an enterprising journalist whom Kevin’s politician Frank Underwood ultimately hurls in front of a train
Robin Wright, who plays Frank Underwood’s equally ambitious wife Claire, is now House Of Cards’ lead – and Kate was excited about at least that development.
‘Oh my God, I will tell you that from Day One, I’ve been waiting for Robin to take over! There’s nobody like her,’ Kate told the New York Times.
Kate has now played another young woman killed in a vehicular incident caused by a powerful and ruthless older male politician.
Days away: Friday will see the release of Chappaquiddick, a film about when Teddy Kennedy drove into a tidal channel and swam to safety, leaving Mary Jo Kopechne (pictured) to drown
This Friday will see the release of Chappaquiddick, a film about when Teddy Kennedy infamously drove into a tidal channel in 1969 and swam to safety, leaving 28-year-old passenger Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in the Oldsmobile.
Kate plays Mary Jo in a formidable cast featuring Jason Clarke as Teddy, Bruce Dern as his father Joe and Ed Helms as Teddy’s cousin and right-hand man Joe Gargan.
‘She achieved so much, and she was only 28 when she died. She started out as a teacher, and then she went on to play a very important role in Bobby Kennedy’s campaign,’ said Kate, discussing Mary Jo to the New York Times.
Who’s who: Kate plays Mary Jo (right) in a cast featuring Jason Clarke as Teddy (left), Bruce Dern as his father Joe and Ed Helms as Teddy’s cousin and right-hand man Joe Gargan
‘So I wanted to make sure that she wasn’t shown as just some rumored fling that Ted Kennedy might have had. Obviously, it was a possibility. But I appreciated the fact that we were going to leave it as it actually is, which is a mystery.’
Chappaquiddick executive producer Byron Allen told Variety that Mary Jo was ‘one of the original #MeToo victims’ and revealed: ‘Unfortunately, there are some very powerful people who tried to put pressure on me not to release this movie.’
Byron – who rose to fame as a comic, is the founding CEO of Entertainment Studios and bought The Weather Channel’s TV assets last month – dished to Variety: ‘They went out of their way to try and influence me in a negative way. I made it very clear that I’m not about the right, I’m not about the left. I’m about the truth.’
Kate in character: While speaking to the New York Times, Kate said of Mary Jo: ‘She achieved so much, and she was only 28 when she died’