She left her huge, affluent lineage to become an actor in LA. Kate Mara became a star but then her sister Rooney arrived. Theres no strife, or so she tells Sanjiv Bhattacharya
When Kate Mara was 19 she bounced college a region at the highly respected Tisch School of Performing Arts at New York University and bought a pup, Bruno, a Boston Terrier with one blue-blooded see. I knew I would need the company, she says. Because where I was lead, I knew literally no one.
Rather than remain at home with her big Irish house in New York, she was headed to Los Angeles to be a star. Fourteen years later, were at the Broome Street General Store, a small coffee shop in Silverlake, to talk about her latest movie. But Maras is not a sentimental narration its about aspiration. She was a painfully shy girlfriend who loathed institution and couldnt bear the thought of college. I look back and think, wow, thats how ambitious I was, she says. I was prepared to go through all that. But Im glad I did. It was worth it.
Today, Mara and her arguably better-known performer sister Rooney are arm in arm on red carpets, -Alisters both. But it was Kate, 33, the elder by two years, who firstly stimulated the leaping. Today, wearing a cherry-red sundress, she sends me to a shaded table outside. Im Irish, she says. I ignite. She doesnt seem the carefree, sundress type theres a steeliness to her; precise and clear, with an almost clinical knowledge behind the eyes.
As Zoe Barnes in House of Cards , she glinted as the ruthlessly ambitious political reporter who stops at good-for-nothing until Kevin Spacey jostle her in front of a instruct. This part has obliged her a world figure. I was just in London, she illustrates, and each time I took the tube, people would stare. In last years Oscar contender The Martian , she was a computer expert in a gang of astronauts, a geek among nerds. In Morgan , her recent activity, she is excellently shed as Lee Weathers, an icy executive from corporate who has been sent to shut down an AI research project that has disappeared awry. The android( Morgan) has turned brutal, and while the scientists who grew her( Toby Jones and Rose Leslie) insist that she ought to be given another chance, their heartfelt petitions ricochet uselessly off Maras pinstriped trouser dres and ends. Shes so tough that, though it seems preposterous at first, the petite Mara spends the last third of the movie in a series of harsh combat backgrounds, getting lunged through windows and suchlike.
I got a lot of bruises, she grins. But it was fun. I reckon when you have a tense movie like this, and you spend all day in a dark house in life-and-death scenarios, you are delirious. Wed be exclaiming with laugh at the most stupid things.
In person, Mara is a good deal warmer than Conditions. When she learns that I, extremely, have a Boston Terrier, she coos over photographs of the dog on my phone. Shes not a reclusive celebrity. They know her here at the general store; regulars come up to say hello, and shes often realise going her puppies with her lover, the British actor Jamie Bell. Its truly therapeutic, she says.