When House of Cards returns to Netflix for its sixth and final season this fall, the Oval Office will have a different occupant. Robin Wright has been promoted to the series’ sole star in her role as Claire Underwood following allegations of sexual abuse leveled against former costar and the show’s lead, Kevin Spacey, in October 2017. In the wake of the allegations, Netflix chose to fire Spacey and continue production on the show for one final season.
With all of these major changes happening to the show Wright has led for the last five years, she’s finally opening up about those changes and her relationship on and off the set of House of Cards previous to his firing.
“Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 8, 2018
On Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter shared an exclusive clip of an interview with Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show, set to air the morning of Monday, July 9. In the clip, Wright says she didn’t really know Spacey, thus making it hard for her to notice any “red flags” of his alleged behavior.
“Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut and in between setups, where we would giggle,” Wright said in the clip. “I didn’t really — I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”
In the full interview on Monday, Wright had more to say. Per Today’s website, she said they were co-workers who didn’t socialize outside of work. When actor Anthony Rapp’s allegations against Spacey were reported in BuzzFeed last October, Netflix suspended production on House of Cards. Wright told Today, “I think we were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened.”
She described her relationship with Spacey as “respectful, professional” and said, “that’s the only thing I feel that I have the right to talk about.” She opted against declaring whether or not she thought Netflix made the right choice in firing him from the show.
Wright also said she has experienced sexual harassment herself during the course of her career: “Of course. Who hasn’t? … 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’s 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.”
Since Rapp’s allegations against Spacey were made public in October, The Hollywood Reporter notes that at least 15 other men have come forward with similar claims. At least three cases are being investigated by the London police and despite having a new movie (Billionaire Boys Club) in theaters on August 17, per People, Spacey has mostly disappeared from the public eye since November.