Kate was on Popcorn With Peter Travers this week to promote Megan Leavey! Before the interview even began, Peter stated that this is the performance of Kate’s career, to which she hilariously replied “This is actually the perfect review, I will leave”. Kate explains that many aspects of the script attacted her to the project, like the fact that the story was about a female in the military, which is specially rare. The beginning of Megan’s journey sounded relatable to her, seeing as “she didn’t really know what to do with her life. […] Everyone can relate to that”. She describes Megan, her character, as a “kind of weak human who finds her voice, and finds her strength through joining the Marine Corp and also through finding that she’s really quite gifted at dog handling and forming this bond with this incredible canine Marine”. The video is about 20 minutes long, so they talk a lot more about the film. In my humble opinion, it is definitely worth the watch.
Kate and Jamie attended today at Paris Fashion Week the front row of Dior Homme, and we have some pictures added in our gallery. More to come later!
We have updated our gallery with another portrait made during Kate’s current tour promoting Megan Leavey. This time is one she did for The Globe and Mail.
On the article that accompained the portraits, Kate and Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about working with animals, specially comparing this current work with A Dog’s Purpose (and the behind the scenes video that caused comotion due the mistreat the german sheppard was receiving). For Kate and Cowperthwaite, the dogs’ welfare was “the most important thing at all times.
Mara credits Blackfish with turning her into an animal activist; that’s why she urged Megan Leavey’s producers to hire Cowperthwaite, though the director hadn’t made a fiction feature before. Mara’s gaze is level and her manner friendly, but there’s something flinty about her, something wary. She’s believable as someone who becomes a U.S. Marine “to get away from my life,” whose status as the sole woman in camp sets her apart even from her corps, and whose key relationship is with her dog.
“Megan starts off lost,” Mara says. “She doesn’t know what her purpose is in life. Everyone goes through that at some point – they need some guidance or passion. Through Rex, Megan finds her reason.”
There’s a strong outsider streak in Mara’s filmography. “I’m intrigued by that in a person,” she admits. “I like stories about people who don’t feel like they belong. I think all of us have a bit of that.”
Although she grew up in tony Bedford, N.Y., in a family that ran two football dynasties, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants, as a kid, Mara yearned for escape. “School to me was a problem,” she says. “The social aspect was really anxiety-ridden for me.” She graduated high school a year early and dived into work, landing roles on TV (Law & Order, Nip/Tuck) and film (127 Hours, The Martian). Now, she says, “I’m able to wait for things that move or inspire me.”
You can read the full interview directly on Globe website.
Kate was on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night to promove the movie Megan Leavey! She played his flinch game and talked about strip clubs, and you can watch the videos below.
Last week while promoting Megan Leavey in New York Kate did an interview to The Associated Press, in which she told one of the best things about starring in the movie was Varco the dog.
“He and I trained together, so by the time we started shooting we were very comfortable with each other. I loved working with a dog. They’re unexpected and constantly doing things that you’re not expecting them to do. If you want them to just sort of sit there during a scene they will, but then they’ll do some genius little movement or sound or whatever that will make the scene that much better.”
Mara also said it was refreshing to work with a woman at the helm as well.
“I’ve been acting since I was 14 and I would say in the past three years I’ve worked with more females than I ever have in my entire career, and that’s directors but also actors. And we had so many females on our crew as well, so I definitely think that’s changing. I think it’s slower than we’d all like but it makes me so happy that something like ‘Wonder Woman’ is actually proving that fact. It’ll make it easier and easier to make more and more films.”
Megan Leavey is out on theaters, and you should go check! We have added portraits Kate did to The Associated Press in our gallery, thanks to our friend Emily.
This post was supposed to be made yesterday, but technical issues didn’t let us.
One year ago (June 10) we launched Kate Mara Online, motivated by the lack of online resources. It surprised us that a whole year was already passed and, to celebrate, a new layout has been made.
Kate recently sat down with UPROXX and took part on their 20 questions questionnaire series, naming the best concert she’s ever attended, her first celebrity crush, the most frequently played song on her cellphone and more. Read them all below.
1. You walk into a bar. What do you order from the bartender?
Champagne if I’m feeling fancy. Tequila and soda if I’m feeling scrappy.
2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter and/or Instagram?
Jamie Bell and Richard Lawson.
3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR or in your streaming queue?
Handmaids Tale and RHONY.
4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
Truffle fries and truffle mac and cheese.
5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
CNN, IMDbPro and The Weather Channel.
During a press day for Megan Leavey, Kate talked to Parade.com about meeting the real Megan, training with Varco, what she wants people to take away from the movie, and more. You can read her interview below.
When you met the real-life Megan, what did you want to talk to her about?
I didn’t have anything specific that I was focused on. I wanted to know what her essence is and what her mannerisms are. I just wanted to talk to her like a normal person and not have to get too dramatic or anything like that. She was so great because she brought all these pictures, personal photos of her experience, her deployment, and then also photos of her and Rex. She was very open and communicative. It was a dream come true being able to meet her and feel at ease.
I’m hoping that women will go see this, because it’s not so much a war story as it is a story about not giving up. In this case, it was about not giving up on something that you love, and what I found enjoyable was she loved Rex more than she loved Morales (Ramón Rodríguez), her love interest.
It was perfect, and it was true. We don’t need a love story in a movie. We don’t need the guy to sweep her off of her feet because that’s not what always happens, and it’s certainly not what happened in real life. That was really important to me, and it was important to [director] Gabriela [Cowperthwaite] to not make a fake movie moment of the girl falls in love with the guy, and also happens to like really like this dog a lot, and gets distracted by the guy, because that’s not what happened. In reality, what happened is she formed this bond with this animal that changed her life completely, and she was willing to put it all on the line for him, and that was the most important thing to her.
Kate joined the Humane Society of the United States’ at a rally in Washington, DC, earlier today. They advocated for the Department of Agriculture to restore online records of animal welfare violations. National Geographic criticized their decision to delete said records in an article, explaining the problems that would most likely come along with it, and you can read it here. Kate has also shared a petition link on her official twitter account, and we urge you to sign it here. Our gallery has been updated with images of Kate at the event.
Kate was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to promote Megan Leavey, and she talked about meeting her fiance Jamie Bell, working with him “on a very successful movie called Fantastic Four” and their wedding plans, clarifying that the most interested party when it comes to arrangements is actually Jamie “he’s the bride”. She also talked about the movie, of course, and said that she trained with German Shepherd that played her dog, mentioning that it was his first movie. The video is very sweet, and you can watch it below.