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On whether House of Cards's second season gets more intense: "Beau Willimon has a very big imagination. And he and our writing staff, I think they really pulled through this season. I think it's just as surprising and addictive. Hopefully, we'll see."

On her excitement for the new season: "Last year, before season one came out, I had seen all the episodes; this year I haven't, so I'm just as excited to watch it like anyone else."

On getting inside her character, Zoe Barnes: "Being a journalist wasn't the most important thing for me. That was just her job — it could be anything. The most important aspect of Zoe that I felt I needed to understand and wrap my head around was her crazy drive and ambition. Sitting around with Beau and Fincher and Kevin, just setting the backstories — that's where I got all of my information."

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