OF ‘HOUSE OF CARDS’ ON NETFLIX
BY GEORGE DICKIE
How was it saying goodbye to Doug Stamper after six seasons?
There were so many different things. It was heartbreaking. It was hard and a lot of it I think had to do with the family that we created, the crew, everybody. We became really close over six years and to just say goodbye is not an easy thing (laughs). You get so close on a film set.
And since a lot of your scenes were with Kevin Spacey, that had to be a drastic change as well.
Sure. That as well as ending it overall, both of those things. I mean, the main person, other than Rachel Brosnahan, I had everything with him for five years, and for it to just go away in the way in which it went away so quickly, so unexpectedly – we knew this would be the last season anyway – but what I didn’t know is that it would go the way it went. But it’s almost like death. You go through those stages of grief (laughs), sort of. I mean, I’m not comparing it to death. I’m just saying you go through all those stages the same way.
Do you approach things differently when you have a known endpoint?
No. I’ve always tried to approach this show, this character ... one script at a time from the very beginning. So for me, I just stuck to my game plan basically (laughs). I went with what I knew. And it helped me get through it, but what I couldn’t prepare myself for was to constantly be expecting that loss. Like you know it’s coming, and to not get beyond thinking about that. It was very hard for me to let that go.