In an exclusive interview with “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie, actress Robin Wright said that she had a “respectful professional relationship” with Kevin Spacey, her co-star on “House of Cards” for five seasons. On Netflix, they were Claire and Frank Underwood, a political machine. But off screen, they were little more than co-workers, Wright said.
“We were co-workers really. We never socialized outside of work,” said Wright, who will reprise her role in “House of Cards” for its sixth and final season. “He was so great with me. So that’s my personal experience. That’s the only thing I feel that I have the right to talk about.”
Until her interview with Guthrie, Wright had not spoken publicly about Spacey’s ouster last fall. Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by actor Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey had made sexual advances toward him when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26. Since Rapp’s accusation, Spacey has faced numerous other accusations of sexual misconduct, most recently last week.
On “Today,” Guthrie pressed the actress. Wright emphasized her distance from Spacey.
Had Wright reached out to Spacey?
“No,” Wright answered. “I haven’t heard from him and I don’t even know how to reach him.”
But was there anything, anything at all that pointed to the actor’s swift fall from grace?
“Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut and in between setups where we would giggle,” Wright said. “I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”
When asked if Netflix did the right thing by firing Spacey, Wright said she “didn’t know how to comment on that.” But the actress did add that the temperature at the time was feverish. “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,” she said.
When asked if she’d ever experienced her own #MeToo moment, Wright answered, “Of course. Who hasn’t?”
“This last year I think has shined a light in a new way to allow us to start a new conversation,” she said. “So we just need to shift the paradigm.”