ET Online – In the film Chappaquiddick, Kate Mara doesn’t get much screen time as campaign aide Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned in a Massachusetts pond on July 18, 1969, when she became trapped inside an Oldsmobile driven off a bridge by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (portrayed here by Jason Clarke). “This movie is not Mary Jo’s movie, obviously; it’s Ted’s movie,” Mara tells ET. But when the actress does appear onscreen, she makes the most of it, giving justice to a woman whose life became a footnote in the scandal that followed after Kennedy waited 10 hours to report the accident.
“It was a story that was largely swept under the rug when it happened, and she was not painted in the greatest light with the media,” Mara continues. “I think that it’s important we show who she was.” And speaking to the timeliness of today’s political climate as our president’s administration is being investigated by the FBI as well as facing allegations of affairs with multiple women, and Hollywood is faced with the Time’s Up movement, she stresses the “importance of shedding the light on untold stories, specifically about women.”
Kate is currently on cover of Haute Living, for its July/August issue. Photographed by John Russo, she talked about Megan Leavey, her love for animals – and the work she and Rooney do on Humane Society, growing up watching musicals, football, the upcoming Chappaquiddick, her friendship with Ellen Page and their movie Mercy and, obviously, Jamie.
You can find the full interview below, and also on Haute Living website. Also, the pretty photoshoot is already added in our gallery. Scans will be added as soon its available – the magazine is set to be on stands next July 4th!
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.