Without her partner in deception by her side, the show clears the way for the audience to see Claire’s leadership in its purest form — from her unconventional methods (a fake depression) to her appointees (an all-female cabinet).
“You do see there’s a lot of powerful women in the show,” new cast member Greg Kinnear told CNN. “And they’re represented a fairly — although, I’m not sure you’re going to find your hero in Claire Underwood or Annette Shepherd, in the sense that they are about as devious as any two women I’ve ever seen on screen together and formidable.”
Annette Shepherd is played by Diane Lane. Lane, also new to the fold, plays Kinnear’s sister on the series, together forming a duplicitous duo with a clear agenda.
Despite Annette’s underhanded ways, Lane agreed that images of female leadership as seen on the show carry weight.
“Sometimes if we don’t see the representation coming at us through the screen, we don’t believe that we can project that going forward,” she said. “It’s interesting how that works, isn’t it? We told the fairytale, therefore you can dream that big.”
Michael Kelly, who has played Doug Stamper since the show’s first season, thinks reality would be even better than fiction.
“I’ve said it many times before, I think we’d been a lot better shape with women running just about everything,” he said with a laugh. “In all sincerity, it is power. The show has always been power. It’s set in the political world, but this show is about power and then you see women having this power, And, I don’t know, I thought that was really cool.”
“House of Cards” is streaming now on Netflix.