Kate Mara

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Kate Mara

Born

2/27/1983, Westchester County, New York, USA

Birth Name

Kate Mara

Gender

Female
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Kate Mara was born in 1982, she graduated high school a year early. She was accepted at the prestgious NYU Tisch School of the Arts but deferred for 3 consecutive years due to acting and singing. She is the great-granddaughter of the founder of the New York Giants,…more

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  • Trivia

    • Kate has sung the national anthem in several New York Giants games.

    • Kate's zodiac sign is Pisces.

    • After finishing high-school early, Kate got in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University into the musical theater program. She decided to postpone the attendance of school, since she was getting work as an actress without it. She never attended that school.

    • Kate did her first audition for a TV series, Homicide: Life on the Street, but didn't get the role.

    • When she was 9, Kate started acting doing a school musical. Afterwards, she attended some youth theater-arts schools and did both community theater and school plays.

    • Kate is both a New York Giants and a Pitsburgh Steelers fan. She has family connections to both teams ownership. Being a fan of both teams, she now has a clause in her contracts that states frees her to attend the Superbowl if either team gets there.

    • Her grandfather, Dan Rooney, was US Embassador to Ireland.

    • Kate comes from a large family. She has 22 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins.

    • Kate keeps herself in fit and in shape with regular workouts and vegan diet.

    • Some of Kate's favorite movies include The Sound of Music, Coal Miner's Daughter,  Lady Jane, The English Patient and Friday Night Lights.

    • Kate and her sister Rooney were both part of Oscar nominated movies in 2011, but for different movies. Kate was in 127 Hours and Rooney was in Social Network.

    • Kate auditioned and was up for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises, but she lost the part to Anne Hathaway.

    • Kate' father, Timothy Christopher Mara, was a scout for the New York Giants. Her mother was Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney).

    • Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits:
      T Takes: Brooklyn '09 Episode 4 (2009) (V) as Kate
      T Takes: Brooklyn '09 Episode 1 (2009) (V) as Kate
      Stone of Destiny (2008) as Kay Matheson
      The Open Road (2008) as Lucy
      Fireflies (2006) as Taylor
      Time Well Spent (2004) as Girl
      Prodigy (2004) (TV)

    • Kate considers Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet among the actresses she wants to model her career after.

    • Her all-time favorite TV show is 24, where she guest-starred for five episodes in 2006 playing Shari Rothenberg.

    • In Spring 2007, Kate did a print ad for Gap clothing entitled "khakis with attitude".

    • Kate is the daughter of Chris Mara. She is the grand-daughter of late Giants owner Wellington Mara. And the great-granddaughter of the founder of the New York Giants, Timothy Mara and Art Rooney, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kate is the great-granddaughter of Kathleen McNulty. (wife of Art Rooney).

    • Kate began her acting career at the age of 14.

    • Kate ranked #43 on Maxim Magazine's Hot 100 of 2007 list.

    • Kate often sings the national anthem at Giants home games.

    • Kate's height is 5'2" (1.57 m). She has natural red hair and brown eyes.

    • Her singing was featured in the film The Californians, opposite Noah Wyle. Among the songs she performed were "The Californians", "Mother Nature", "The Right Idea", and "Little Boxes".

    • In 2003, Mara made her professional stage debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Landscape of the Body with Lili Taylor.

    • Kate has signed with the William Morris Agency and is managed by Washington Square Arts & Film. She was previously repped by the Abrams Artists Agency.

    • Kate is a skilled jazz, tap, and ballet dancer.

    • Kate recorded an album with her band "Trace".

    • Kate has been living bi-coastally, traveling between New York and Los Angeles.

    • Kate has an older brother named Dan, and a younger sister named Tricia Mara who's also an actress. They starred together in the straight-to-video thriller Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005).

    • Kate was a co-director of the film The Whole Truth (2006).

  • Quotes

    • Kate: (on her perfect Sunday morning) Waking up early and watching a Real Housewives episode with my dogs in my lap and a hot coffee.

    • Kate: (on sci-fi books) I'm not typically attracted to the sci-fi genre in the books I read. I'm more excited by an epic romance novel or a biography.

    • Kate: (on her cooking abilities) I'm an awful cook. I just don't have the passion for it so I've never really tried. The only thing I really know how to make is guacamole, which is convenient because it's my favorite thing to eat. I'm not bad at making that.

    • Kate: One of my earliest memories is from when my family lived on a farm. It was very cold in New York and we would bundle up and go outside and play with the animals. I remember being very, very young and meeting a duck for the first time. I've always loved animals and I'm sure that has to do with being around animals from a very young age.

    • Kate: (on her favorite scent) I actually don't have one because I don't ever wear perfumes. If you shower, then I generally like somebody's natural essence.

    • Kate: (on her co-star Kevin Spacey) I've already said a hundred times that he's really, really funny. He does amazing impersonations of people.

    • Kate: (on her style) My style changes with my mood. The thing that I typically go back to is a classic look with an edge. I like the mix between feminine and masculine.

    • Kate: My dad has a bunch of racehorses, and growing up, if he was ever uncomfortable with a role that I was playing I would always say to him, "It's just acting dad. If I'm playing a psychotic gymnast on Law and Order, I'm not actually psychotic." There have been a few risqué performances that definitely make a father or mother uncomfortable, and I would always 'It's just acting,' so he recently named one of his racehorses 'It's Just Acting Dad', which people find very amusing.

    • Kate: (on her sister, who is also an actress, Rooney Mara) I'm sure we've auditioned for the same movies back when my sister first started acting but we've never been in the situation where we knew that was happening. We're also very different, so that helps. We don't look that similar so maybe things that she's up for, I wouldn't be up for. I think that makes it easier.

    • Kate: (on watching herself on screen) I'm okay with watching things that I've been a part of. Sometimes it can be a little bit hard to not judge yourself the whole way through a performance. But I think that it's a good thing to be able to watch what you've done and to learn from it.

    • Kate: (on what she wanted to do while growing up) The only thing I ever wanted to do was be an actor, from the time that I was about nine years old. Between nine and 11 I was in a lot of school community theater plays.

    • Kate: (on what attracted her to the role in Transcendence) I thought the idea behind the film was really interesting and I had not played somebody like Bree before. I'm always looking to play different characters. I watched different documentaries about artificial intelligence and tried and come up with a character that I sort of understood. So that was really fun for me.

    • Kate: (on her time off) I just spend a lot of time at home with my dogs and my friends. Living in LA, one of my favorite things to do to just go for a walk around the reservoir. I see a lot of movies – just typical things I guess.

    • Kate: (on her participation in the movie Fantastic Four) I am definitely working out but I don't know if there's gonna be some crazy stunts or not, so I might be just doing it for my own mental sake. But yeah, I am very excited about starting 'Fantastic Four' in a few weeks.

    • Kate: (on her parent's reaction to her sex scenes) They have a sense of humor about it that they didn't used to have. They were very upset when I was 19 and had a scene in 'Nip/Tuck' that showed only my back but suggested nudity. I tried to explain that it's acting and part of the craft, and if it's important to the story and tastefully done, I will choose to do certain things.

    • Kate: (on her House of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey's sense of humor) Of course, because Kevin wants to win whatever the game is and because he always wins, he did not laugh. He waited until the director said 'Cut' and then he laughed. Kevin has an amazing sense of humor, but he's also a great professional and he's really [...] good at it.

    • Kate: (on doing sex scenes with her House of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey) It wasn't uncomfortable. From day two of working with Kevin, I found him just as playful as I am. He would definitely up my game. I tried to get him to laugh by wearing pasties with his face on them.

    • Kate: (on having a career in acting) It's really nice to be in something that you really love and want to share with people. And then, for it to actually get shown and for people to be able to see it is awesome. It's really exciting.

    • Kate: (on the importance of the Director in the decision to work on a movie)I've definitely become more aware and conscious of what directors I'm working with because it's so important. The director is really more than half the battle of the film. You really rely on that. That's become really, really important to me, for sure.

    • Kate: (on her love of shoes and how her agents play with that...) When my agents tell me how much I'm going to be paid for a film, instead of quoting a figure, they'll say: 'You're going to make ten pairs of Christian Louboutins.'

    • Kate: I was excited to get the opportunity to sing something in a movie 'cause I love musicals and I would love to be able to do more movie musicals, in the future.

    • Kate: I've always wanted to do a period piece.

    • Kate: I want to do something crazy for a part - something I'd never even consider in real life.

    • Kate: Keeping your private life as private as possible is the smartest thing.

    • Kate: I have so many friends who have no idea what they want to do. They are out of college and working, but not sure they are doing what they want to do, which is normal.

    • Kate: If 10 years ago I was told I'd be where I am now, I would've been pretty happy.

    • Kate: I like traditions, and the national anthem is important.

    • Kate: All the actors I respect, especially old-Hollywood actors, the reason I think so many of them have had long careers is that there is a sort of mystery about them. You don't know what they do on Friday nights when they go home from work. You have no clue. You have this sort of fantasy about them.

    • Kate: (on preferring Broadway to TV) I remember telling the agent, 'I don't want to do anything but Broadway.' She was like, 'That's not really possible because there is not that much Broadway. So I'll send you out on TV and stuff like that.

    • Kate: There's nothing worse than people who want to make you feel better when you are losing. I just want to smack them

    • Kate: In New York, you can just wake up and everything sorts itself out. I love that, not having a plan.

    • Kate: I wish no teams had cheerleaders. I find it more distracting than anything else.

    • Kate: I hate being in Los Angeles when it's football season. I want to be in New York. It just doesn't feel right if I'm away.

    • Kate: Eventually you get bored and you want to work.

    • Kate: I have a ridiculous fear of sharks but I'd jump in the water in a second for an amazing role.

    • Kate: (a reference about her upcoming role in the Fantastic Four) Feeling invisible....in a wonderful way:)

    • Kate: (on preferring theater to movies or TV)All I really wanted to do as a kid. I didn't care about movies or TV, I just wanted to do Broadway.

    • Kate: Yeah, I love stage. I love it. I would love to do that so much. That's how I started. That's basically how I learned how to act was in theatre. I think the first play I did, I was nine or something like that, just community stuff, and that was really my acting school.

    • Kate: For as long as I could remember, I had always wanted to be an actress. I grew up watching movie musicals, all the old classics like Gypsy. That's what I grew up on. I fell in love with Broadway and musicals.

    • Kate: (on singing the National Anthem before a NY Giants game) At family dinner parties, it would always come up-'Oh, sing for us!' That, to me, was the most horrifying thing. But singing in front of thousands of people was so much easier. First of all, I couldn't see anyone. Plus, I mean, come on, they're at a football game, they're drinking!

    • Kate: I grew up in New York so every home game, we would wake up, go to church, and drive an hour to the stadium in New Jersey. Every Sunday, it was church, then football.

    • Kate: (About her character on Shooter) I like that she's a really strong Southern woman and she's very different from anyone I've played before. It's hard for her when Swagger just shows up in her life, because he brings back all these demons and reminds her of the husband she lost. She's sort of thrown into a tough dilemma – but she can't help but care about Swagger and feel for him.

    • Kate: (On being drawn to screenplay) I couldn't put it down, it was just too suspenseful.

    • Kate: (on what she needs to learn) How to get over rejection quickly and not take it so personally. Sometimes I do because I still have doubts about myself.

    • Kate: (on what is unique about her) I think I'm so normal. I try to make all the roles I do feel as normal as possible so people believe them. People relate to the regular-looking person.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Good actress.

    8.5
    Beautful.
  • Nice actress.

    10
    I didn't know about Kate Mara before I saw her as Alma Jr in Brokeback Mountain, she was the most beautiful woman of the movie, for sure. She has something very pure, a clear voice, and she just look great.

    She is acting very well too of course.

    She is also the co director of a movie. It will be great.
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