Actress Robin Wright proves that she’s just as much a fighter in real life as her character Claire Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards. But did her demands just cost her the role in the series?
In House of Cards Season 4, Claire Underwood’s relationship with her husband Frank has become more professional than intimate, and it appears that they’re only staying together for their shared lust for power. By the end of Season 4, Claire expressed her desire to run for vice president of the United States. She even breaks the fourth wall, addressing viewers directly much like how Frank does.
The show has proven that it is very different from its British counterpart. In the original version of House of Cards in the United Kingdom, Frank was killed by an assassin Claire hired. Frank was making one wrong decision after another, and the only way to stop him was to kill him.
Claire was seen picking up her pace in Season 4, building up her armory as she prepares for an even bigger leap. The U.S. version of House of Cards might play it out a little differently than the U.K. version of House Cards. In this version where Kevin Spacey is Frank Underwood, Claire would be the one to take the fall. It could work. Frank is too calculating, too cautious and too smart to be trumped by Claire by using the classic card of hiring an assassin. Frank is not likely to fall for that trap. He doesn’t seem like the person who would end up defeated in his own game.
While Robin Wright’s Claire is just as much the heart and soul of House of Cards as Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood is, tension off screen could suggest that the character might be getting the boot in Season 5.
At an event in New York, Wright revealed how she demanded for wage equality and asked to be paid the same amount as Kevin Spacey.
“I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,'” Wright spoke to activists and philanthropists at the event, as quoted by ABC News. “It was a perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards.”
Previously, Spacey received AU$692,000 per episode while Wright only earned AU$581,000, Forbes reported.
The thing is, Wright did come go public with the story, putting a lot of attention to the gender equality issues within the show. The attention might be unwanted, and might deal a negative impact on Wright’s future as Claire Underwood.
Meanwhile, House of Cards Season 5 will return to Netflix in 2017.