Robin Wright Is Open to a Second Chance for Kevin Spacey
Is it still possible for Kevin Spacey to receive a second chance? His former House of Cards co-star is open to the idea.
Robin Wright recently sat down for an interview with Net-a-Porter, and she was, naturally, asked about the Spacey scandal and whether he deserves a second chance. In response, the actress said that, in theory, she thinks anyone has the ability to change, including Spacey.
“I don’t know how to comment on that, I really don’t,” she said. “I believe every human being has the ability to reform. Has the ability to reform. In that sense, second chances, or whatever you are going to call it – absolutely, I believe in that. It’s called growth.”
Spacey was fired from House of Cards last fall after being accused of sexual misconduct by multiple men, including actor Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. After this story broke, nobody was sure what would happen with House of Cards, but many assumed Netflix would simply cancel the show.
According to Wright, this very nearly happened. When asked how close the series was to being axed by Netflix due to the Spacey allegations, Wright told Net-a-Porter, “Very, very close. Because of the climate at that time. The air was thick, you know. Harvey Weinstein…People were [saying], ‘We have to shut everything down or otherwise it will look like we are glorifying and honoring this thing that’s dirty.’”
However, Wright fought for House of Cards to continue, saying the show as a whole is not dirty because of what one actor did.
“I believed we should finish,” Wright said. “I believed we should honor our commitment. To the people that loved the show, also. Why quit?”
There was also the matter of the over 2,000 people who would have unexpectedly lost their jobs if the show as canceled. House of Cards‘ sixth season had recently started production when the story about Spacey broke. Netflix ultimately decided to retool the sixth season so that it would center around Wright’s character, Claire Underwood, who became president at the end of Season 5.
At this time, nobody knows what will happen to the character of Frank Underwood, but it’s safe to assume he will die off-screen. Wright did not touch on Frank’s fate in this new interview, but she did provide a slight tease about the end of the series.
“It’s pretty wild,” Wright said. “I mean, we’re doing an opera. And we went operatic! I don’t know how much more we could have topped ourselves. You’ll be surprised.”
In recent weeks, we’ve seen a number of celebrity men who were accused of improprieties during the #MeToo era attempt career comebacks, including Louis C.K., who made a surprise return for a stand-up set at the Comedy Cellar less than one year after admitting to allegations of sexual misconduct. Matt Lauer also reportedly told a group of fans recently that he’ll be back on TV soon. These two stories came after Chris Hardwick successfully returned to television after being accused of sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend.
But in the case of Spacey, who is the target of several ongoing criminal investigations, it’s difficult to imagine that there’s a path to redemption for him.