As filming for season 3 of House of Cards is set to begin, showrunner Beau Willimon spoke with Katie Couric about the Netlflix series, for the Aspen Institute on June 29.
During the interview, Willimon spoke about Claire Underwood's (Robin Wright) part as it had been originally written. The showrunner revealed that Claire was not supposed to be a Lady Macbeth-like anti-heroine and was meant to be more of "arm-candy" for Frank (Kevin Spacey). It turns out that Wright was also instrumental in steering the character in a different direction.
"Look, what you see on the page is not what this will be," he recalled telling Wright when he took the script to her.
"She was much more of an arm-candy socialite in the original versions of the script," he said. Willimon allayes Wright's concerns know that he knew that this was not the role that she deserved. Then Willimon went on to reveal how he came up with ideas for her character and they slowly built on it and gave her a strong mind and character arc of her own.
Willimon also tweeted about how excited he was to be chatting with the legendary Couric:
The third season of House of Cards will film in Maryland, where the first and second seasons were also shot. Initially, the continuation of filming of the third season of the Netflix series was fraught with troubles over the past few weeks as the producers weren't getting permission from the State of Maryland. But the issue was finally resolved on April 25.
Watch the entire interview here: