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Robin Wright, in the New Vanity Fair Cover Story, Has a Take on Her Character in ‘House of Cards’ That May be Different Compared to What Most Fans Think. Wright Also Says, In a Way that May Not Be ‘Ladylike,’ Why She’s So Happy With Her Current Boyfriend

Mar 24, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood in Netflix’s award-winning “House of Cards,” in the April issue of Vanity Fair, explains how she sees her character, and it is likely to be different than the way many fans of the show see Claire.

Wright has won a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Underwood.

Says Vanity Fair, “Claire Underwood has been described as manipulative, ruthless, and calculating, but Wright doesn’t really see her that way. ‘I can’t see her as evil and cunning. To me, she’s utilitarian and efficient,’ Wright said between sips of tea.”

The cover story interview, by longtime Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner, is strikingly odd in who is left out. Kashner spoke to–and quotes–a number of people, including “House of Cards” executive producer David Fincher, Wright’s “Forrest Gump” co-star Tom Hanks, and Jody Foster, who has directed an episode of “House of Cards.” Kashner also says he tried to talk to Wright’s ex, Sean Penn.

But author Kashner has no quotes about Wright, 48, from her “House of Cards” co-star, Kevin Spacey, and doesn’t say if Spacey was even approached to talk about Wright.

Delving into her personal life, Wright does talk about her current beau, actor Ben Foster, who she met in 2011 (she and Penn were divorced in 2010).

Notes the article, Wright “said about the relationship, ‘I’ve never been happier in my life than I am today. Perhaps it’s not ladylike [to say], but I’ve never laughed more, read more, or come more than with Ben. He inspires me to be the best of myself. There’s so much to learn. It’s endless. How great! It took me a long time to grow up. Love is possible as life is possible.’”

robinwrightRobin Wright as Claire Underwood in “House of Cards”

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