House of Cards is a series about secrets. It should come as no surprise, then, that its cast is extremely tight-lipped about the show’s upcoming third season.
This SAG Awards weekend, however, a few of the show’s actors revealed the slightest hints of what’s to come.
“I think that, if it’s possible, the end of [this] season is even more surprising than the last,” said Mozhan Marnò, who plays hotshot journalist Ayla Sayyad, at Entertainment Weekly’s SAG party Saturday.
You’ll recall (spoiler alert!) that Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood went from vice president to president in the season two finale. (Note: Spacey’s role as the twisted VP won him a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Sunday.)
At the SAG Awards carpet the next day, Marnò was joined by Molly Parker (who plays ambitious congresswoman Jackie Sharp), Derek Cecil (Frank’s Director of Communications), and Jimmi Simpson (shrewd hacker Gavin Orsay). That’s where the real dirt came out.
“I get a big romantic arc,” Simpson said. “It’s basically a love show, starring Gavin.” (But what will Cashew, Gavin’s beloved guinea pig, think?)
Cecil says he’ll get an even more surprising storyline. “My character starts moonlighting as a comic,” the actor said. “He’s filthy. He’s a very, very dirty comic. He does dirty poetry. It doesn’t really show up in this story, but it’s hinted at.”
What’s more, Cecil’s preferred acting method requires him to, well, bare all: “I try to do scenes without pants. Once we do the wide shot, I’m pantless from there on for the close up. It’s helpful for me.” When Marnò suggested that this might be distracting to other actors, he told her to step up her game.
Could the actors have been kidding? We’ll see when House of Cards hits Netflix in full on February 27.