Eight months after Kevin Spacey was fired from House of Cards following sexual misconduct allegations, the disgraced actor’s Netflix co-star Robin Wright has candidly opened up about her experience working with Kevin.
During her sit-down with Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie — which aired on Monday, July 9 — the 52-year-old actress revealed the House of Cards cast and crew were “surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened,” when accusations against Kevin emerged last fall. “We forged ahead and we were so thankful that we were able to complete the series, as planned,” she added of the hit show’s sixth and final season, which did not include Kevin.
When Savannah then asked Robin if she suspected allegations against Kevin, 58, might come to light, she replied, “We were co-workers, really… We 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 I have the right to talk about.”
Robin then confessed she has not spoken to Kevin since his firing from Netflix. “I haven’t heard from him and I don’t even know how to reach him,” she said. “Kevin and I knew each other between ‘action’ and ‘cut’ and in-between set-ups, where we would giggle. I didn’t really know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”
“Do you feel Netflix did the right thing, cutting ties [with Kevin]?” Savannah asked Robin, to which she responsed, “I don’t know how to comment on that. 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.”
When House of Cards returns to Netflix this fall for its sixth season, Robin’s character, Claire Underwood, has replaced her husband Frank Underwood (played by Kevin) as the new President of the United States. In a recent exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, a source close to Robin revealed the actress is happy to be stepping into a bigger role on the show.
“She feels she’s always been in the shadow, of [her ex-husband Sean Penn], of Kevin. Now her hard work is paying off. She’s strong, self-assured and open to seeing where this will go,” the insider shared. “She was upset for a couple of days. but that’s it. She’s a true pro. It’s very important for her to show her daughter and young women that you have to keep it together and be as professional as you can be.”