Robin Wright plays Claire Underwood in season two of Netflix's "House of Cards."

'House of Cards' Star Calls D.C. 'More Sleazy Than Hollywood'

Congressional killers! Naughty journalists! They live among us.

Robin Wright plays Claire Underwood in season two of Netflix's "House of Cards."

Robin Wright plays Claire Underwood in season two of Netflix's "House of Cards." 

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Actress Robin Wright’s view of Washington is just as sinister as the character she plays on the Netflix series "House of Cards," which had its second season debut Friday.


"Tell me what is implausible in the evil scheming of Francis Underwood?" she asked Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp in an interview for the magazine’s spring issue. The biggest shocker of last season (and this is a spoiler) was the death of actor Corey Stoll’s character, Rep. Peter Russo, at the hands of Kevin Spacey’s maniacal Frank Underwood, a Democratic congressman from South Carolina.

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“Corey’s death?” Wright mused. “A little too mafia?”

Wright said official Washington thought the show was spot-on. “We spoke to a senior person in the Obama administration at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last spring, and he said everything is accurate in this show – [except] you’d never get an education bill passed that fast,” she noted.

(Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said much the same thing: “The only unrealistic thing about ‘House of Cards’ is a Democrat representing Gaffney,” he said, name-dropping the fictional Underwood’s very real hometown.)


And those reporters? Are they, in real life, sleeping with members of Congress for scoops?

“Oh yeah,” Wright said. “D.C. is more corrupt than Hollywood – it really is – it’s more sleazy than Hollywood … how much infidelity goes on,” said the actress, who lives in New York City and works on the series in Baltimore.