Last year Netflix made a historic decision and fired lead actor, Kevin Spacey, of its hit series, House of Cards, after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced. After Spacey was fired questions arose about whether or not the series would continue. In the end, Netflix decided to go ahead with a shortened sixth season.
Recently, lead actress Robin Wright sat down with the Today Show to discuss the actor. Co-anchor Savannah Guthrie gets straight to the point and asks if Wright suspected anything. For Wright, she didn’t have a bad experience with the actor, in fact, she states she hardly knew him and that their relationship was strictly a respectful and professional one.
“We were co-workers, we never socialized outside of work. I didn’t know the man. Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut and in between set ups when we would giggle.”
Because Wright didn’t have any disrespectful encounter with Spacey, she tells Guthrie that she believes she doesn’t have a right to comment on anything else. Following Spacey’s firing, Wright says he has not tried to contact her and she has not tried to contact him. In fact, Wright she doesn’t even know how to reach him and she believes that shock of the allegations was so intense that she feels it was respectful of Netflix to “back-off.” In other words, Wright has washed her hands clean of the actor and is looking ahead for the show, starting with Wright’s character Claire Underwood now being President of the United States. In addition to being the new lead, Wright is also taking the director’s chair for the sixth season’s finale.
Wright also reveals to Guthrie that she has experienced harassment in the industry that she has been apart of for years. Wright goes on to say that is about seduction and that seduction is about power. And once that person overpowers you, you become vulnerable. She believes that last year has allowed us to open up a new conversation in order to shift the paradigm.
One message that the stars Michael Kelly, Constance Zimmer, and Wright want people to understand is that the sixth season was already planned to be the final season. Spacey’s firing did not stop the show from continuing on. It was planned well before the allegations that the series would after after Season 6.
House of Cards returns this fall on Netflix for its sixth and final season.
This article was written by Samantha D’Amico.