House Of Cards' Robin Wright Finally Opened Up About Kevin Spacey

claire underwood house of cards season 5

Back in October 2017, Hollywood was thrown for a loop when House of Cards star Kevin Spacey faced multiple accusations of improper sexual behavior, with at least one case involving a minor. Spacey was quickly ousted from all of his ongoing projects, including House of Cards, and his former co-star Robin Wright is finally speaking up about it after having kept mum for months while Season 6 went through its production phase. Saying she wasn't aware of his inappropriate behavior elsewhere, Wright described her relationship with Spacey as such:

We were co-workers, really. We never socialized outside of work. . . . I don't even know how to reach him. Kevin and I knew each other between 'action' and 'cut,' and in between setups where we would giggle. I didn't know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.

Robin Wright's answer to Today could be considered somewhat surprising. On the one hand, she and Spacey portrayed one of the most powerful couples on TV for the past five years, so one might expect them to be very close away from the show. But on the other hand, the Underwoods are far more duplicitous and scheme-ready than most husband-and-wife combos on TV, so perhaps Frank and Claire's motivations and machinations got in the way of Wright and Spacey becoming better friends.

However it went, Robin Wright stands by the fact that Kevin Spacey was always "respectful" and "professional" in their relationship, and that he was "great" with her. To that end, Wright felt like that's the only aspect of the situation that she felt she really had a right to talk about.

But even though House of Cards Season 6 will put Claire Underwood front and center in the Oval Office, while also giving the actress a chance to direct the series finale, Robin Wright isn't necessarily 100% convinced that booting Spacey was the right decision for Netflix to have made. In her words:

I don't know how to comment on that. But I think 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.

While Kevin Spacey's career may never take off again, Robin Wright is going strong, and you can find her back in the hot seat when House of Cards Season 6 debuts on Netflix this fall with new cast members. Check out Claire's July 4 message, and stayed tuned for a more precise release date. Until then, head to our 2018 Netflix schedule and our summer premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.