Kate Mara Strips Down & Talks "House of Cards" in GQ March 2014

Posted Thursday February 13, 2014 1:10 PM GMT

With the second season of Netflix's original series "House of Cards" set to premiere on Valentine's Day (February 14th), Kate Mara landed herself a feature in the March 2014 issue of GQ.

While striking a few poses for the sultry Mark Abrahams-shot spread, the 30-year-old actress chatted about the upcoming season and revealed more details about her character, Zoe Barnes.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Mara's interview below. For more, be sure to visit GQ!

On "House of Cards":
"[The] dials were really high in the first season. Beau Williams [the show's creator] has a very big imagination. And he and our writing staff, I think really pulled through this season. Because it's hard to top all the things that happened last season. Last year, before Season 1 came out, I had seen all the episodes; this year I haven't, so I'm just as excited to watch it like anyone else. Still, I think it's just as surprising and addictive. Hopefully, we'll see."

On her character Zoe:
"I didn't shadow anyone. Any questions I had I went to Beau. But being a journalist wasn't the most important thing for me. That was just her job - it could be anything. The most important aspect of Zoe that I felt I needed to understand and wrap my hear around was her crazy drive and ambition. Sitting around with Beau and Fincher and Kevin, just setting the backstories - that's where I got all of my information."

On not appearing as much this season:
"I mean, I’m sure Kevin has to, because he’s in almost every scene. But for everyone else, it’s very different. I don’t shoot every day. I actually shot 'Transcendence' while I was shooting 'House of Cards.' So I wasn’t even in Baltimore the whole time. I was in New Mexico."

Photo Credit: Mark Abrahams for GQ

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