After several came forward with various accusations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey last year, Netflix fired him from House of Cards even though he portrayed the show’s main character, Frank Underwood. At the same time, the streaming giant announced that his co-star, Robin Wright, who plays his wife, Claire Underwood, would become the show’s lead for its final season. But she hadn’t spoken publicly about the accusations against Spacey, even as new allegations were made last week, until Monday morning during an appearance on NBC’s Today show.
Wright sat down with Savannah Guthrie for an interview that was recorded prior to the latest allegations being made and talked about the aftermath the allegations had on her and on the set of the hit show.
“Is there anything in all these years of working with him that made you think something like this was possible?” Guthrie asked Wright.
“We were … co-workers, really. We weren’t … ahh … never socialized outside of work. [We had a] respectful, professional relationship. He was so great with me. He was never disrespectful to me. So, that’s my personal experience. That’s the only thing I feel that I have the right to talk about.”
She added that since the first allegation against Spacey surfaced, she’s had no contact with her former co-star. “I don’t even know how to reach him,” Wright said. “Kevin and I knew each other between ‘action’ and ‘cut,’ and in between setups where we would giggle. I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”
When asked about Netflix’s decision to fire Spacey from the show, she stopped short of saying it was the right call. “I don’t know how to comment on that,” she said. “But I think at that time the shock was so intense all over the nation, for many reasons, many stories, many people, I think that everybody felt that it was respectful to back off.”
As for the rest of the cast and crew, Wright said her colleagues were also blindsided by the allegations against Spacey.
“I think we were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened,” Wright said, adding that the cast and crew “forged ahead” for the final season, which is set to debut this fall. In addition to carrying the show onscreen, Wright got behind the camera to direct the series finale.
Near the end of the interview, Guthrie asked Wright if she’d ever experienced harassment in Hollywood. “Of course. Who hasn’t?” was Wright’s reply. “This is a bigger, broader issue, I think — which is seduction. I don’t care who you are. It’s about power, and once you overpower someone, that person then becomes vulnerable. And this last year, I think, has shined a light in a new way to allow us to start a new conversation. So we just need to shift the paradigm.”
Watch the full interview below.
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