Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Netflix show House of Cards has an unexpected link to North Texas
Fictional character Claire Underwood reveals her roots in Highland Park.
The second season of House of Cards hit Netflix last Friday, bringing with it a whirlwind of uncharted scandals, intense cliffhangers and even an unexpected tie to North Texas.
For those who didn’t take 13 hours out of their schedule over the weekend to binge on juicy politics, be aware this post contains a mild spoiler, but nothing detrimental to the plot twists unearthed in Season Two. (Still watching Season One? Proceed at your own risk.)
In episode four of the new season, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), wife of the newly ordained vice president (Kevin Spacey), gives a riveting one-on-one interview with CNN during which she stakes her claim as a strong feminist personality. At the commence of the interview, the CNN reporter digs into Claire’s upbringing — in none other than the “very wealthy” Dallas enclave Highland Park.
The reporter shows Claire two pictures from her childhood — one where she stands in a cowboy hat with her horse and another where she is decked in a school uniform. The reporter asks which girl Claire more fondly identifies with.
“I think I preferred the dirt,” she says, explaining that her family lived in the city because her father was a businessman. (Notably, actress Robin Wright was born in Dallas, though she grew up in San Diego.)
What’s more revealing about Claire's HP roots, however, is her most vivid memory from childhood. She recounts a time when her father took her to Dealey Plaza where Kennedy was shot and she remembered feeling "so sad, so angry."
“I started to cry,” Claire says, “and my daddy picked me up and he wrapped his arms around me and said, ‘Don’t be sad, sweetie. He made the world a better place. But sometimes that comes at a price.’”
It's inevitable Dallas would be linked to its most infamous event. Perhaps the show is suggesting we are not a city of hate, but a city of ruthless pragmatism.
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