kate mara playboy 'House of Cards' Kate Mara wore nipple pasties with Kevin Spacey's face on them for a sex scene“House of Cards” has never shied away from provocative subject matter, particularly in the relationship between Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and Kate Mara’s ambitious reporter Zoe Barnes. In a recent 20 questions article with Playboy, Mara revealed her fun tactic for keeping things light while filming a sex scene.

“From day two of working with Kevin, I found him just as playful as I am. He would definitely up my game,” says Mara. “I tried to get him to laugh by wearing pasties with his face on them. Of course, because Kevin wants to win whatever the game is and because he always wins, he did not laugh. He waited until the director said ‘Cut’ and then he laughed. Kevin has an amazing sense of humor, but he’s also a great professional and he’s really f***ing good at it.”

She also says that her family has developed a sense of humor about her on-screen nudity, going from being upset over some “suggested nudity” when she did “Nip/Tuck” at age 19 to being able to deal with the more difficult things to watch by the time she made “House of Cards.”

Now that she’s off “House of Cards,” Mara is doing a lot more movies and says her dream role would be the one made famous on screen by Bette Midler. 

“My dream role would be to play Gypsy Rose Lee in a movie of ‘Gypsy,’ says Mara. “I was 14 or 15 when they were bringing back ‘The Sound of Music’ to Broadway and I got five callbacks. They had picked one kid for each of the roles, and though I’m a very small person — five feet three inches — they were afraid I’d grow taller than the girl they’d cast as the oldest daughter. I swore to them, ‘No, I’m not going to grow any taller,’ and I haven’t. But when I didn’t get that job, I thought I would die from the rejection.”

Read the full interview here. “House of Cards” Season 3 drops on Netflix in early 2015.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."