Kate Mara The House of Cards Star, 35, plays Mary Jo Kopechne in Chappaquiddick (April 6), based on how Kennedy campaign workers lost their lives as senator Ted Kennedy ( Jason Clarke ) drove his car from a bridge on Titular Massachusetts Island, derailing its plans to run for president.
What makes this movie so convincing?
Nobody will ever really know what actually happened that night. The whole story surprised me. I could not write off the script because it's a pretty wild and tragic story.
How did you want to portray Mary Jo?
She was an important person in the campaign for Bobby Kennedy and for Ted; it was important to make Mary Jo a well-rounded character, not just a victim, because she was successful and respected.
Ted Kennedy went on to do great things in the Senate. Is this a story of redemption?
I do not necessarily hope that people will see that and see salvation. I think it's one of those stories that's hard to believe, and they're always fascinating to watch.
Football is in your bloodline; Their great-grandfathers founded the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Did you ever want to make part of it?
It's a big passion of mine. I look at every game. But, frankly, from the time I was little, acting was the goal and I never thought of anything else.
Mary Jo was not a public person like Ted. How did you come to get information about them?
The internet is always the place where you can find the things that are out there. So I went there, but there is not much. There is this amazing book, but this is not a true story in any way; but Joyce Carol Oates wrote a book called Black Water which is supposed to be the story of Mary Jo. I read that because it was recommended to me by some friends who said it was a beautiful, beautiful story and was evidently inspired by the night. So I read that, and I was pretty excited about it.
The film downplayed the fact that they had a sexual relationship. Did you discuss that with the director?
Because nobody has this information, we have tried not to make that part of the story. We filmed different versions of what might have happened that night, because nobody really knows. Well, for me it was important not to make that possibility a big factor in this version of this night. To say that they had an affair would do a disservice to Mary Jo and her legacy of why she had anything to do with the Kennedys at all.
You will do this with a starring role in the story Pose which has the largest transgender cast of all time. Originally you wanted to study at New York University's Table School of the Arts to study music theater. Is this your opportunity to make a musical?
You called that a musical dance show, but I have no idea what that means. I have no expectations of dancing or performing in this show. This is a drama for me. It is probably called a musical because it plays in the world of ball culture in New York City and during that time it was all about performing. So the amazing transcast that they all perform. They are fashion, they pose and they dance, but my character is not part of this world. So I can not say that I will use one of my childhood dreams in this show.
They play Patty from New Jersey, who gets caught up in the New York scene of the 80s. Tell us more about her.
Patty is a full-time housewife and mother, very isolated in her world in Jersey and very in love with her husband. I do not really know much about what's going to happen, but I know our lives are influenced by this other world my husband is involved with. He also works for Trump. This also plays a big role in the story of my character.
It's history, and that's something I think is so important. The reason I want to be a part of it is because it gives people a voice that did not have one, and I think it's so important to tell those stories. It's just such an amazing, moving thing to be part of.
Ryan Murphy, the author / producer, is so good at it.
He is. This is our third show we worked on together. He gave me one of my first jobs when I moved to Los Angeles. I think I was 1
You played the lead role lately Why can not we get on which is actually [the clothing company]] Rag & Bones. Is this a company whose style you react to?
I've always been a big fan of Rag & Bone and when they came to me with the idea of doing a campaign with them that was not in any of the traditional campaigns By the way, for me it was a vague idea. There was no script. I knew that there would be no dialogue, and much of it we would find out that day.
I only knew who was involved. Benjamin Millepied [ Natalie Portman 's husband, who has made the choreography of Black Swan is an incredible choreographer and Tom York a genius, so I was excited to be part of such a fantastic group. Ansel Elgort is also a great actor, so I was excited and very intimidated to appear on the first day and see what I was dealing with. I have to say it was one of the funniest things I've ever done. It was very experimental. There was a lot of improvisation and just went with the river.
You're vegan . Talking about fashion, does that change into your closet?
It definitely affects my wardrobe. I try to slowly get rid of and buy leather products. I have never worn fur, and I am very much against it, but I also know that leather is probably just as bad. It is in much more clothes, shoes and bags than fur. So it's harder for people to stay away from it. I'm definitely more aware than ever, and one of my goals is not to wear it at all.
Did not your sister Rooney set up a vegan clothing line recently?
She did, so that will help. There are some here and there. Stella McCartney is one of them, but she's the only one I can really get out of my head next to my sister, who hopefully gets into the stores this year, and that will be my main source of clothing , Honestly, I am so proud of her.
You are an animal lover. Is the Humane Society still your primary responsibility?
Absolutely. We constantly try to think about more things that we can do together and different ways to spread our message. They are a great inspiration for me. Working with them has definitely changed my life for the better, giving me a whole new passion and getting away from work.
The last time we talked, you had two little older dogs. Are you still with you?
That's you. You are now 15 and 16. You are doing very well. The only thing that has really changed is that they are both deaf now, but it's nice because they do not bark so much.
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