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Constance Zimmer has nothing but love for her House of Cards character, Janine. “It brought me so much joy,” she says on the latest episode of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing.

“This was supposed to be a 50-year-old woman, and was only supposed to be in three episodes,” she explains about the original conception of the character. “And God bless David Fincher, for … really fighting for me, and what I brought to the role, and it becoming even more than I think any of us had ever anticipated.”

Zimmer also discussed the ways Janine relates to journalists fighting for truth today and her excitement to return to the series. When asked if she’s drawn to “hard-bitten women” characters, however, she admits, “To be perfectly honest, I wish I had any control over it, I don’t.”

Watch Zimmer discuss her House of Cards experience in the clip above.

Episode Recaps


House of Cards

Ballots, betrayal, and barbecue combine in Netflix’s original drama, which stars Kevin Spacey as cunning congressman Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his equally ruthless Lady Macbeth. Based on a 1990 BBC serial of the same name.

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