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Robin Wright’s Demand for Equality on ‘House of Cards’

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She did it in true Claire Underwood fashion.

If you watch the critically-acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, you know that Claire Underwood stops at nothing to get exactly what she wants.

The cool, calculated, and stylish first lady is a boss in all aspects of her life, from her nonprofit organization to the inner workings of the White House– even in her marriage and extramarital love life. Claire is a woman with serious drive who ruthlessly goes after those who stand in her way.

As it turns out, her real-life alter ego, actress and director Robin Wright, may not be so different, and we’re loving it.

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Here’s what she did:

A Lengthy Career

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Though many don’t recognize Robin Wright by name alone, they are likely to be familiar with her character of Claire Underwood on House of Cards. Before her ‘comeback,’ however, Wright led a decorated acting career for years.

Much like Underwood, Robin was born in Texas. She began modeling and then acting, and she earned several Emmy nominations for her work on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara before breaking into feature films with a starring role as the title character in The Princess Bride. She also starred as Jenny in Forrest Gump, a role which earned her Golden Globe and SAG nominations.

House of Cards

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Wright continued to act in various films throughout the 2000s before landing the role of Claire Underwood in the Netflix political drama House of Cards, starring opposite Kevin Spacey.

In 2014, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series Drama, making her the first actress to win the award for an online series.

Those who watch the show adore the icy, imposing character of Claire Underwood, and Robin was aware that for various periods of time, Claire was even more popular among fans than Spacey’s Francis. This played a major role when she approached Netflix executives with a simple demand:

She wanted equal pay.