Kate Mara virtually booked misplaced throughout her first pilot season
“Basically, it was all of the cast you see on the show and me. I think I’m the only one who wasn’t involved.”
We’ve already shared Kate Mara’s story about booking Iron Man 2 and lessons from her experience with Fantastic Four, but we have one final clip to highlight before we reveal her full Collider Ladies Night interview tomorrow. It turned out that Mara was about to book a role on the hit show Lost, which began in 2004 and had a six-season run on ABC.
During our conversation, Mara emphasized that she was “fortunately not aware” of the challenges of building a career as an actress because she started so young and focused only on doing something she loved. But of course the pressure to book roles crept in, and Mara got a hefty dose of it during her first pilot season in Los Angeles. This is how she put it:
“I moved to Los Angeles when I was 19, moved out alone and didn’t know anyone. And I didn’t want to leave New York. I come from New York. I love it there. I was living in New York City at the time, but I thought, “This will help my career, so I have to get out of there.” And I did, and I did my first pilot season, which was really intimidating and very pressurized, but I was very close to getting that old TV show, Lost. Basically, it was all the cast you see on the show, and me. I think I’m the only one who didn’t get involved. ”
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Would it have been nice to book Lost? For sure! The show was a great success and a milestone for many involved. But Mara went on to point out how a bump in the road could put you on a different path, maybe even for the better:
“I was really amazed at the time, but what I found out was that I auditioned for Brokeback Mountain about a week later, and while my role on Brokeback Mountain is very small, I couldn’t have done that or even auditioned for it if I had booked Lost. I think that taught me that if you don’t book something, it’s often because you are either learning something else or because there is another job that just wouldn’t happen if you booked this one. And Brokeback is forever going to be one of my favorite movies of all time and one of the special things I will ever be a part of. ”
One of the biggest takeaways from my in-depth conversation with Mara for Ladies Night is how she continued to embrace the idea of learning and growing with every single experience. Check back tomorrow to see how director Gabriela Cowperthwaite made a personal and professional impact on Mara, how she grew as a producer while working on A Teacher, and how much more she watched in her full episode of Collider Ladies Night has to offer.
You can now watch Mara in the first four episodes of A Teacher on FX on Hulu.
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