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The Fretts on Film Interview: Kate Mara (The Outtakes)

September 12, 2012

Pick up today’s New York Daily News to read my interview with the lovely Kate Mara, who costars with Channing Tatum in the new dramedy 10 Years, opening in extremely limited release (only 3 theaters!) on Friday. And if you want more Mara, here are a few choice outtakes from our chat.

You’ve worked with some amazing filmmakers—Danny Boyle on 127 Hours, Ang Lee on Brokeback Mountain and David Fincher on the Netflix miniseries House of Cards. What have those experiences been like?

The most interesting thing about it is that they’re all so different, but they’re all so brilliant. Everybody has different ways of doing things, and you can love and appreciate each one in very different ways. All three of those people have such different energies, which I really love and respect. I have to say, people always joke about how many takes David Fincher makes you do, and a lot of times people are like, ‘Oh that must be an exaggeration.’ But that rumor is definitely true (laughing). But there’s a reason he does it. And as an actor, you never ever leave the set thinking, ‘Oh God, I don’t know if I gave him what he wants,’ because you trust him. He would never let you go home unless you gave him what he needs, and you have to give it to him in not just one take, but in 30, or more. I don’t know how many we did. I’ve never been so mentally exhausted when I go home from work before, but it’s incredible—you just feel so fulfilled knowing that you worked that hard.

Did your sister Rooney give you any advice about working with David from her experiences making The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?

Not advice, but we talked about her experience. And I had met him a bunch of times before that. He was already very close with my family because of Dragon Tattoo, so it wasn’t hard. I already had such trust in him, and I felt so safe and protected. I really felt like he was a weird part of my family already. So working with him has just made our relationship that much stronger.

You also have Deadfall coming out soon. What can you tell us about it?

It feels like that was ages ago when I shot that, but I guess it wasn’t. I play a police officer in a very small town, and I’m looking for Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde, who shot a police officer. Treat Williams plays my abusive father, who is also my boss. There are all these great people in it—like Sissy Spacek—who were my heroes in the movie world. So honestly, as soon as I heard she was doing it, I was like “Okay, I have to do it.” And I got to work with her.

You’re a big fan of Coal Miner’s Daughter?

Yeah, that’s my all-time favorite movie.

Why are you not on social media? Is that because you’re still somewhat private? Or is it because of your career?

I’m not opposed to it. I follow a lot of people on Twitter and totally understand it. I don’t have an actual account because you have to put yourself out there already so much, and there’s something to be said about trying to keep your personal life private. But I don’t know that I’m right because times have changed and now the Internet is a huge part of our culture. So I get it, and I’m really just torn between a focus on the work and actually participating in that whole world. Because a lot of my friends do that and it really helps you get jobs and helps people go see your films.

Do you want to see more of Kate Mara in movies? Post a comment!

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