Robin Wright: “You don’t have to be a bitch to be powerful”

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Hayley Spencer

Robin Wright returns to screens this week as Netflix releases the latest series of political drama House of Cards.

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, speaking about the success of HOC, her ambitions of being a director and motherhood, she's declared that she's learned of her work style “you don’t have to be a bitch to be powerful”.

A mantra that's a far cry from that of her character Claire Underwood, First Lady to Kevin Spacey's President Frank Underwood. Her callous, ice queen persona has seen her fire members of her NGO without a second thought and blackmail her one-time colleague Gillian over maternity care payment.

She delivers lines as ruthless as: 


Wright has her role as Claire to thank for catapulting her back into the limelight. In 2015 she scored her first Golden Globe for the part. 

Now 49, she stepped out of the public eye at age 25 to raise her children Dylan, 24, and Hopper, 22, but now says she was “way too young” to become a mother.

“I didn’t know me. I’m living my life now. I’ve raised kids my whole life. Oh my God. [Now I am discovering] so many things. So many things that I probably would have learned in my thirties had I not been a mom and a wife ... I’m finally getting to me. You know? It’s an essence, it’s a feel thing.”

Working on House of Cards has allowed her to dabble in directing, which she says given the ultimatum she would choose over acting.

“You feel you’ve completed the chapter. It’s so whimsical, this business; you never know when or what is going to come next. So never say never. But if someone said, ‘You can either act or direct’, without hesitation I would say, ‘Direct’."

Currently on a career high, Wright says she hopes to change things in the acting industry.

 “I do want to make changes, for the better."

She then declared her work ethos: "I think my mission statement is: you don’t have to be a bitch to be powerful. I’m trying to stick to that.”