By Patricia Sheridan
She comes from two football dynasties, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants, but actress Kate Mara won’t say which she favors.
Steelers owner Art Rooney Sr. was her great-grandfather on her mother’s side.
Her father’s family owns the Giants.
Her younger sister, Rooney Mara, earned an Oscar nomination for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
The 30-year-old Kate Mara is burning up the small screen on Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
She has appeared in the films “We Are Marshall” and “Brokeback Mountain” and is in “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp, coming out in April.
Season two of “House of Cards” will be available Feb. 14 on Netflix.
Q. “House of Cards” is addictive. When you took the role, did you sense it was going to be so popular?
A. When I take a role, I don’t necessarily think of it in that way. I was just thrilled to be working with David Fincher and the cast. You know, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are two people that I’ve always wanted to work with. The expectation of it doing well and that sort of thing was just the cherry on top. It could have failed miserably, and sure that would be disappointing, but the experience of working with those people and the challenge of that is really why I got involved.
Q. You have been acting since you were 9, so what do you get out of it?
A. I mean, it’s the only thing that I ever wanted to do. When I realized I could pursue my passion and get paid for it, there was nothing else I ever wanted to do. I was a very, very shy child, and acting was an escape for me. I think a lot of actors say that. At the time, I was much more comfortable pretending to be other people than being myself. Acting really helped me get out of my shell. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself shy now, but it was a real problem for me as a child.