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Kate Mara On Keeping 'House Of Cards' Secret: 'I Was Paid To Lie'

02/20/2014 11:51 am ET | Updated Feb 21, 2014

For two years Kate Mara knew the horrible fate that was in store for her "House Of Cards" character.

In an interview on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael," Mara talked openly about that scene. If you've seen "House Of Cards" Season 2 Episode 1, you know what we're talking about. If not, we advise you not to read on.

In the interview, Mara said she had known Zoe Barnes would die for the past two years. "My family members didn't even know," she said. "I just had to be really creative with people asking how things are going on the show."

Since Netflix released the full second season on Feb. 14, Mara has spoken openly about her character's demise. During a "Late Show With David Letterman" appearance, she not-so-covertly talked about the scene in which Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) pushes her in front of a subway. “All I can say is I’m so happy to be alive and sitting here right now. I’m glad I took a car and not the subway to your show -- ” she joked. "I mean people who watched the first episode know. But there's a lot of slowpokes out there."

Zoe's death was always planned, according to show creator Beau Willimon. The plot twist is in keeping with the original British miniseries that inspired the Netflix show. "That was always in the cards," Willimon told TVGuide.com. "I always knew what we wanted to do with Zoe's story, and so did Kate. The decisions of where we go with Zoe's story ultimately were made before we even began writing Season 1 in earnest."

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