Constance Zimmer: Two Sides to Every Story

Constance Zimmer talks with U.S. News about going from D.C. journalist on "House of Cards" to a Romney spokesperson on "The Newsroom."

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Did you care about politics before you took on these roles?

Not as much as I probably should. I'm kind of a "Daily Show," Bill Maher junkie. I listen NPR and I still get the New York Times paper delivered to my door, even though I live in L.A. I would think I am little bit more aware of politics and personalities now than I was before. But I'm still not well versed in it. I would be terrified if Bill Maher was like, "Hey, do you want to come on the show?" I would be like, "Oh, God." It would completely terrify me even though I'm such a junkie for the show. I think I brush the surface of being involved politically with the issues and the personalities in the news.

As someone who works in Hollywood and played a Hollywood agent on "Entourage," how does D.C. compare to Washington?

They all have their similarities. I think that specifically they feel like very contained worlds that kind of lend themselves to drama. "House of Cards" feels a little bit more Shakespearean, but everybody is playing games. Everybody. In politics, they play games. In Hollywood, they play games. I think that overall, everybody is trying to do whatever it takes to get ahead. It's just in those different worlds, it's about "How far do you go?," and knowing when to stop before you go too far.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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