When Kelvin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing Anthony Rapp, many wondered if there was a future for the Netflix series, ‘House of Cards’.
The series began in 2013, with Spacey playing the lead role of Frank Underwood, and Robin Wright, playing Claire Underwood.
The show quickly grew a fan base as the onscreen power couple grew increasingly powerful, manipulating and scheming their way to the top of the political food chain in the drama series.
Then came the #MeToo storm, Harvey Weinstein and a flurry of revelations.
‘House of Cards’ was in troubled waters: to cancel the series at its fifth season or move on with it? Eventually, the later reasoning prevailed with the show’s runners completely cutting off Spacey’s character, replacing him with Wright as the lead character.
In a new cover interview with, Net-a-Porter, Wright talked about her former co-star, the series, and how difficult it is to be in the public eye.
“I feel sorry for anybody whose life is in the public arena,” Wright said.
“It’s a nightmare, can you imagine? We do a job, we share [a performance] with viewers. Why does our private life have to be public? I hate that part of this industry. It’s so invasive.
“I believe everyone’s personal life should be personal. Positive, negative, neutral, whatever – I don’t believe it should be anybody’s business. But I’m not talking about this [#MeToo] movement. I’m talking about media.
“The exposure. It’s an awful feeling. A stranger deciding they know who you are and they are going to put that in a…I mean, it’s criminal, it really is.”
On whether her former co-star might restart his career, Wright said: “I believe every human being has the ability to reform. In that sense, second chances, or whatever you are going to call it – absolutely, I believe in that. It’s called growth.”
Wright, who has an executive producer credit on the show, promises that the season five finale will be “pretty wild”.
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