At the Washington, DC premiere of Netflix's "House of Cards" series, writer and executive producer Beau Willimon detailed how the nation's capital has provided a backdrop for his work.

Tammy Haddad, attending the premiere for The Huffington Post, spoke with Willimon, who also co-wrote and produced 2011's "The Ides of March," and the play it was based on, "Farragut North." Both the Oscar-nominated film and Willimon's new series focus on the behind-the-scenes machinations of the country's political elite.

"The political world is a dark place," he said. "If you want to portray it accurately, authentically, you've got to turn out the lights from time to time."

He continued: "I certainly keep my eye on Washington all the time because often life is stranger than fiction."

The Huffington Post also spoke with series star Kate Mara, who plays up-and-coming reporter Zoe Barnes.

Watch the interview with Mara below:

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