Biography of Kate MaraKate Mara is a Hollywood actress who has played more than fifty roles (in 38 movies and 20 TV series). She is famous for her roles of Hayden McClain, Ben Harmon’s vengeful mistress, in the movie American Horror Story and ambitious journalist Zoe Barnes in the political thriller House of Cards, has received Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
She has taken part in high-profile projects, such as the action movie 24, thriller 127 Hours, superhero action movie Iron Man 2, and failing project – comic saga Fantastic Four, nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards.
In 2015, she received Max Mara Face of the Future Award in the framework of Women In Film. In 2017, the girl co-produced the romantic movie My Days of Mercy and played the lead role in it.
She is the older sister of actress Patricia Rooney Mara (known as Rooney Mara), nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe Award for her roles in the melodrama Carol and detective The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Her net worth: $14 million.
Her Childhood and FamilyThe future actress was born on February 27, 1983, in Bedford. Her father Timothy Christopher was a vice president of the New York Giants and NFL scout. Her mother Kathleen McNulty (nee Rooney) was a housewife and took care of her children.
Kate is the second child of the couple. She has younger sister Patricia Rooney Mara and two brothers: Daniel and Conor. Mara’s mother is of Irish and Italian descent, and her father has Canadian, Irish, German, and French ancestry.
Her family has the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers football teams. They were founded by her great-grandfathers. Wellington Mara was the president of the Giants, and after his death in 2005, it was succeeded by her father’s brother John. Her grandfather, Dan Rooney, a former US Ambassador to Ireland, was a chairman of the Steelers. Then her cousin, Art Rooney II, became the president of the Steelers.
Kate is a fan of both teams. But the actress has noted jokingly that she is a fan of the Giants if she quarrels with her mother and becomes a fan of the Steelers if she quarrels with her father. By the way, he grew up in a large family, where there were 11 children. And now the actress has 40 cousins.
According to Mara, at an early age, she was a very shy girl, who complexed when she was communicating with strangers. She had only one friend, and she kept a distance from the others.
Kate began acting on the stage at the age of 9 in a school musical. Subsequently, the girl attended several theater-arts schools. In 1993, it was her first audition for the TV show Homicide. She did not get the role but realized that she wanted to become an actress.
Having graduated from school a year earlier than her peers, she was enrolled in the Tisch School of the Arts to study musical theater at New York University, but for 3 years, she postponed her study because of being busy on the set.
Her Acting Career DevelopmentKate's first television role was in the NBC legal drama Law & Order in 1997. Then, the aspiring actress played small roles in numerous TV projects, including Everwood, Madigan Man, Cold Case, gaining indispensable experience.
According to Zoomboola.com, in 2003, Mara made her debut at the theater and periodically acted in the various plays in Los Angeles and New York. In 2005, she played the lead role in the mystical thriller Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, where her sister Rooney starred for the first time.
At the same time, she starred as Alma, a daughter of the main character, in the sensational deeply sad romantic drama Brokeback Mountain that was called the first gay western in the history of Hollywood. This movie with the stunning acting of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, marked by many movie awards, told the audience the tragic love story of two cowboys. After their sudden passion, two boys broke up and had traditional families, but they could neither forget nor stop loving each other.
In 2006, the actress was included in the New York Daily News list of the top 10 most promising young actors in the country. At the same time, she starred as the computer analyst Shari Rothenberg in the drama TV series 24 and played the role of a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic abilities in the comedy movie Zoom.
A year later, it was released the thriller Shooter, where the actress starred as Sarah, a widow of another main character - the sniper Bob (Mark Wahlberg), who helped him to regain his good name. In 2008, Mara could be seen in two projects. She played one of the lead roles in the crime movie Transsiberian, where Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, and Eduardo Noriega also starred. Kate played a student from Glasgow (having mastered the specific Scottish accent with difficulty) in the movie about the return of the sacred object to Scotland Stone of Destiny, where Charlie Cox, Robert Carlyle, Peter Mullan were her partners on the set.
In 2009, Kate starred as Lucy with Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake in the movie The Open Road. A year later, she played federal marshal Bethany with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke in the superhero action movie Iron Man 2. In 2011, she starred as Lady Isabel with James Purefoy in the historical movie Ironclad and a ghost in American Horror Story.
In the period from 2013 to 2014, the actress starred as reporter Zoe Barnes with Kevin Spacey in the political TV show House of Cards. For the first time, she was shot naked in many scenes. In 2015, her nude photos were published in Esquire.
At that time, she starred as invisible Susan in Fantastic Four that failed at the box office. The science-fiction horror movie Morgan, released in 2016, was barely paid off. Mara played the main character – an employee of genetic engineering company Lee Weathers.
In 2017, two movies with Kate were released. In the military drama movie Megan Leavey, she played a female marine who served with her faithful combat dog named Rex in Iraq. They found and neutralized the dangerous mines.
In the drama-romance movie My Days with Mercy, the actress and Ellen Page played the main characters, who liked each other, despite their different views on the abolition of the death penalty.
In 2018, it was the premiere of the historical drama Chappaquiddick, which told about the tragic car accident that caused the death of the representative of the election headquarters of Ted Kennedy (Ed Helms) Mary (Kate Mara) and endangered the life and political career of the Senator.
In June, it was released the dance TV series Pose, where the actress starred as Patty. The show is dedicated to the life of sexual minorities, street culture, and dance groups in the 1980s in New York. This is the first project where the majority of the lead roles are played by transgender people, including MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Angelica Ross.
Personal Life of Kate MaraIn the period from 2010 to 2014, Mara’s boyfriend was Max, a son of the British director Anthony Minghella. Previously, she had relationships with director Joseph McGinty Nicole, known as McG (McGee), the author of the TV series Supernatural, and the English actor Charlie Cox, famous for his roles in the fantasy Stardust, TV series Boardwalk Empire and Daredevil.
In July 2017, Kate married the English actor Jamie Bell. They had met during the shooting of the movie Fantastic Four in 2015. It was Bell’s second marriage (from 2011 to 2014, he was married to the American actress Evan Rachel Wood; their son was born in 2013). In 2019, Jamie had a child with Katie Mara.
The actress is a vegetarian and member of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In 2015, she starred in one of the videos of the company that promoted the international movement Meatless Monday. Its followers call upon people not to eat meat on Mondays, thereby reducing the consumption of meat products, the production of which leads to the greenhouse effect.
Kate Mara NowIn 2020, Kate Mara took part in the filming of the TV series "A Teacher", which is due to premiere later this year. About her other projects, Kate Mara does not spread much - many fans thought that she decided to take a break in creativity. However, the girl continues to actively maintain her Instagram and share news from her life with subscribers.
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