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    Kate Mara Strips Down to Her Bra and Underwear for GQ—See Sexy Pics of the House of Cards Star!

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    This should remind viewers to tune in for the second season of House of Cards, premiering Friday.

    Kate Mara strips down to her skivvies in the March 2014 issue of GQ. The 30-year-old actress, who plays a sex-favor-trading blogger in the acclaimed Netflix series, models Eres lingerie and a Topshop cardigan in one photo, completing her look with a Bettina Javaheri at Roseark necklace and Charlotte Olympia heels. Mara also shows off her hot body in T by Alexander Wang sweater and an Eres bikini.

    While the photo shoot may be provocative, it pales in comparison to what House of Cards has in store.

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    Kate Mara, GQ Mark Abrahams / GQ

    "I mean, the dials were really high in the first season," she says of the critically acclaimed TV show, which earned Robin Wright a Golden Globe win in the Best Actress – Television Drama category. "[Series creator] Beau Willimon has a very big imagination. And he and our writing staff, I think they really pulled through this season. Because it's hard to top all the things that happened last season. Last year, before Season 1 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. Still, I think it's just as surprising and addictive. Hopefully, we'll see."

    Mara says she "didn't shadow anyone" to prepare for her role. Instead, she consulted Willimon and executive producers David Fincher and Kevin Spacey.

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    "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," the actress explains. "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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    Kate Mara, GQ Mark Abrahams / GQ

    When Mara was shooting Season 2, she also filmed the movie Transcendence with Johnny Depp.

    "We were shooting in the middle of the desert in the summer, in New Mexico, and it was 110 degrees," she says of the upcoming movie. "Outside all day in the sun and most of the guys playing the army guys were either ex-marines or had some sort of experience in the field."

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