Patricia Clarkson describes the atmosphere of the House of Cards set post-Spacey
Patricia Clarkson reprised her role as Claire Underwood's enigmatic ally Jane Davis in House of Card's sixth and final season, and the actress has revealed what it was like return to the set post-Kevin Spacey.
Spacey was dropped from the Netflix show following sexual assault allegations, which he denies. In September this year, the show confirmed that his character, Frank Underwood, was officially dead.
The streaming service also announced that the final series would focus on Robin Wright's manipulative and devious character Claire, who became US president at the end of season five after Spacey's character quit the Oval Office.
Describing the atmosphere on set and crediting Wright for saving the cast and crews' livelihoods by fighting for a final season, the Sharp Objects star told Harper's Bazaar UK: "It was good on set, people rallied together. Robin fought for it, she was wonderful.
"The crew is very close - they have worked together for many, many years. Our show-runners are first class Frank [Pugliese] and Melissa [James Gibson], and the burden fell on them too to rewrite that script quickly. The writers on the show are incredible. They had the heaviest of burdens to really rethink the whole show in a very short period of time.
"And they did; they pulled it off. And they saved people jobs and livelihoods, and also I think they've made a kick-ass last episode of the finale. I think people will love it."
Earlier this year, Clarkson gave a compelling performance as chilling matriarch Adora Crellin in HBO's hit adaptation of Gillian Flynn's first novel Sharp Objects.
The actress has become synonymous with dark, ambiguous and alluring characters, and the star admitted that Adora was a "brutal" role to inhabit and one she was relieved to relinquish. For now, anyway.
The series was intended as a limited one-off, and although the finale has left it open for a potential season two, Clarkson says there are no current plans for a second outing.
"Right now there are no plans for a second season," the Shutter Island star continued. "You never know what will happen... It's possible it could shift [into another series]. You never know, but right now HBO are like 'no, this is it'.
"I'm thinking of it as I've completed Adora, and I'm moving on and she was another brutal character to hold on to for five months - phew..."
Clarkson will take the lead as Detective Mike Hoolihan in cerebral crime drama Out of Blue adapted from the Martin Amis novel set for cinematic release next year.
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