This post contains spoilers up to the end of Season 2 of House of Cards.
Robin Wright isn’t skinny enough. So she’s going on a strict diet to drop kilos. It’s not that she particularly wants to but she’s about to start filming the new season of House of Cards so….. you know.
In an interview last week with People magazine, Wright noted that she had to wear Spanx “all the time” to “hold the bakery in” and acknowledged that this still wasn’t enough. “I’m trying to do the paleo diet.” she explained. “No carbs. I’ve got to get thin for the show.”
She’s got to get thin for the show.
Robin Wright is 48 and the character she plays on House of Cards (download it on iTunes, it’s amazing) is Claire Underwood — the female half of a Machiavellian power couple who manipulate their way into the White House where her husband Frank eventually becomes President. Frank is played by Kevin Spacey who is in his early 50s and in one episode, Claire is shown experiencing symptoms of menopause. So it’s safe to assume Robin Wright’s character is about the same age or a bit older than she is. Maybe 50.
Now that you have the background, let me tell you how I felt when I read that quote about having to drop weight and “get thin for the show”.
Depressed might not even be the right word. Let’s call it disheartened. Bummed. Disappointed. Exasperated.
And these are all the sentiments I brought into Mamamia’s morning news meeting today when I raised this topic as a possible post.
Not everyone felt the same way.
“But how is that different to, say, Matthew McConaughey losing weight for his movie role when he won an Oscar?” argued one of our writers. “Isn’t that just what actors have to do?”