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Kate Mara Biography
Kate Mara (born February 27, 1983) is an American television and film actress. Beginning acting in her hometown of Bedford, New York, she moved from the stage to her first film, Random Hearts (1999). Notable roles include appearances in Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain and on Fox television series 24. Included on the New York Daily News list of "10 young actors who have a shot at making it big" at the start of 2006, she has since appeared in the feature films We Are Marshall (2006) and Shooter (2007).
Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York, the daughter of Chris Mara, a scout for the New York Giants, and Kathleen Rooney. Her family is Irish. She has one older brother, Daniel, and two younger siblings, Patricia and Conor. Mara wanted to be an actress since seeing Les Misérables at a young age; she said she "fell in love with Broadway and musicals", and grew up watching movie musicals on television and going to Broadway shows with her mother. She was especially a fan of Judy Garland's films. She began acting at the age of nine, appearing in a school musical. Mara attended several youth theater-arts schools and appeared in community theater and in school plays.
Beginning at a young age, Mara continually asked her mother to help her get an agent. Mara's mother got the name and address of a management company, sent in a photograph, and Mara signed with her first agent, beginning her professional career at the age of 14. Mara's first audition was for the television drama Homicide: Life on the Street. She didn't get the role, but knew from then on that she just wanted to act. Mara was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to study musical theater and graduated from Fox Lane High School early by a year. Mara felt pressure from her parents to go to college, but was already getting work as an actress, so she deferred for three or four years before deciding not to go. Mara moved to Manhattan in order to act full time.
Television and stage roles
Mara's first television role was in the drama Law & Order in 1997. She went on to guest star on numerous television series including, Madigan Men, Ed, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Recurring parts followed in 2003 on the series Everwood, as Kate, an 18-year-old who is impregnated by her piano teacher and then gets an abortion, and on Nip/Tuck as Vanessa, a bisexual cheerleader involved in a love triangle with boyfriend Matt McNamara and another cheerleader. Mara also appeared on Cold Case, Boston Public, CSI: Miami, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation that year. Mara was cast as the lead in Prodigy in 2004, a television series on the WB Television Network about a teenage child prodigy played by Mara. The series only produced a pilot episode. Mara appeared in a large recurring role on the WB series Jack & Bobby in 2005 and a 5 episode arc on Fox television series 24 in 2006, playing computer analyst Shari Rothenberg.
Mara debuted theatrically in 2003 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in John Guare’s Landscape of the Body with Lili Taylor. Doing more theater work for Mara is a "dream" because it was "all I really wanted to do as a kid. I didn't care about movies or tv, I just wanted to do Broadway", she told WFAN radio in 2006. Mara starred in The Alice Complex, a play by Peter Barr Nickowitz, at Dixon Place in New York City in 2005 and at the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles in 2006. The production co-starred Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris.
Mara's film debut was in Random Hearts with Harrison Ford in 1999, directed by Sydney Pollack. She played Jessica Chandler, the daughter of a congresswoman. She next appeared in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning films Joe the King (1999) and Tadpole (2002), alongside Sigourney Weaver. Mara co-starred in Peoples (2004), a drama and coming of age story filmed in Louisville, Kentucky. She starred in the direct-to-video horror film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, and appeared with Noah Wyle and Illeana Douglas in The Californians in 2005. However, it was her supporting role in the Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain (2005) that brought her more widespread attention.
At the beginning of 2006, Mara signed with the William Morris Agency. That year, she appeared in Zoom with Tim Allen and Courteney Cox and in We Are Marshall, starring Matthew McConaughey. We Are Marshall recalled the aftermath of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that took the lives of most of the football team, with Mara playing fictional cheerleader Annie Cantrell. It was a script that Mara responded to emotionally because of her football background.
In 2007, Mara appeared in the comedy Full of It with Ryan Pinkston for New Line Cinema. The film later aired on television as Big Liar on Campus. Mara was also featured in an advertising campaign for clothing retailer Gap called, "khakis with attitude." She appeared in Shooter, a thriller about a master sniper lured out of retirement to prevent an assassination, based on the novel Point of Impact. Mara played Kentucky widow Sarah Fenn, the love interest of Mark Wahlberg's character's partner, and then Wahlberg's character himself. She adopted a southern dialect for the role. Director Antoine Fuqua immediately felt Mara was right for the part when she auditioned.
Also in 2007, Mara finished the film Transsiberian by Brad Anderson, the director of The Machinist (2004). Transsiberian takes place on the Trans-Siberian Railway that runs from China to Moscow. The cast includes Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley, Eduardo Noriega, and Emily Mortimer. Mara spent three months shooting the thriller in Vilnius, Lithuania, starting in December 2006. The film also shot on location in Beijing and Russia. Mara plays Abby, a 20-year-old runaway from Seattle, Washington, a character she described to MoviesOnline as "dark", "mysterious", "sort of goth", and doesn't talk much. Transsiberian premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in January 2008 and was released in theaters on July 18, 2008.
In 2008, Mara will star in Stone of Destiny, written and directed by Charles Martin Smith, a film about the theft of the Stone of Scone on Christmas Day, 1950. Mara plays Kay Matheson, one of four students that removed the stone in a Scottish nationalist plot. The period "adventure-comedy" co-stars Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle and Charlie Cox. Filming began in June 2007 in locations around Glasgow, including Film City studio and Arbroath Abbey. Mara stayed near the Botanic Gardens in the city's West End while filming. Mara attended the film's world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland on June 21, 2008. The film will close the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008. A wider release is set for late-2008.
Mara will star in The Open Road alongside Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, and Mary Steenburgen. Filming began in Hammond, Louisiana in February 2008, continuing in Memphis, Tennessee and elsewhere in the southern United States. She will also appear with Charlie Hunnam in Deal, a film by Michael Corrente, and Flying Lessons, produced by 20th Century Fox.
NFL football ties
Mara's family owns the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers; she is the great-granddaughter of Giants founder Tim Mara, the granddaughter of late Giants owner Wellington Mara on her father's side, as well as the great-granddaughter of Steelers founder Art Rooney on her mother's side. Mara's uncle is John Mara, the president and CEO of the Giants, and her father is the vice president of player evaluation. Mara attended almost every Giants home game while growing up. On Sundays, after attending church, her family would head directly to the games. When asked who she roots for when the Giants play the Steelers she replied to Vanity Fair magazine, "that question is not allowed. I can't answer." Mara missed the Steelers' winning Super Bowl in 2006 because she was working in Los Angeles. Mara was so disappointed, she added to her contract that if the Giants or Steelers go to the Super Bowl, she can attend. She attended almost every game of the 2007 Giants season, leading up to the team's win in Super Bowl XLII.
Mara's favorite Giants game was when she was asked to sing the national anthem in honor of her grandfather, Wellington Mara, who died in October 2005. Mara has regularly sung at home games and season openers of the Giants since about the age of 15 or 16 when her uncle asked her to fill in when they couldn't find a singer. She sang the national anthem at the 2006 NFL season opener, dubbed the "Manning Bowl," where the Giants played the Indianapolis Colts. Mara's singing was featured in the film The Californians.
Mara has stated that she comes from a "huge" family. Her father was one of 11 children. She has 22 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins. She lives in Los Angeles, having resided there on and off since around 2003. Her younger sister, Patricia, is living with her temporarily since relocating to Los Angeles in 2007. Mara travels back to New York when her schedule allows and has stated, "If I could live in New York, I would", specifying that she likes "the cold... the rain" and "misses it". Mara tries to spend the football season in New York when she can. As of 2007, her boyfriend was producer and director McG, whom she worked with on We Are Marshall. As of July 2008, she was linked to Stone of Destiny co-star Charlie Cox.
Kate Mara Casting Credits
Flying Lessons (2009) .... Sophie Conway
The Open Road (2008) .... Lucy Stone of Destiny (2008)
Transsiberian (2008) .... Abby
Shooter (2007/I) .... Sarah Fenn
Full of It (2007) .... Annie Dray
... aka 14 anni vergine (Italy)
... aka Big Liar on Campus (USA: TV title)
We Are Marshall (2006) .... Annie Cantrell
Fireflies (2006/I) .... Taylor
Zoom (2006) .... Summer Jones / Wonder
... aka Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (USA: DVD title) v "24" .... Shari Rothenberg (5 episodes, 2006)
- Day 5: 1:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. (2006) TV episode .... Shari Rothenberg
- Day 5: 12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. (2006) TV episode .... Shari Rothenberg
- Day 5: 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. (2006) TV episode .... Shari Rothenberg
- Day 5: 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (2006) TV episode .... Shari Rothenberg
- Day 5: 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (2006) TV episode .... Shari Rothenberg
The Californians (2005) .... Zoe Tripp
Brokeback Mountain (2005) .... Alma Jr., Age 19
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) (V) .... Samantha Owens
... aka Urban Legends 3: Bloody Mary (USA)
"Jack & Bobby" .... Katie (6 episodes, 2005)
- A New Frontier (2 February 2005) - Katie
- Into the Woods (9 February 2005) - Katie
- Time Out of Life (16 February 2005) - Katie
- Querida Grace (2 March 2005) - Katie
- Friends with Benefits (13 April 2005) - Katie
- Under the Influence (27 April 2005) - Katie
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" .... Janelle Macklin (1 episode, 2004)
... aka CSI: Las Vegas (South Africa: English title: informal alternative title) (USA: syndication title)
... aka C.S.I. (USA: short title)
... aka CSI: Weekends (USA: promotional title)
... aka Experts, Les (Canada: French title)
- Formalities (2004) TV episode .... Janelle Macklin
"CSI: Miami" .... Stephanie Brooks (1 episode, 2004)
- Murder in a Flash (2004) TV episode .... Stephanie Brooks
Time Well Spent (2004) .... Girl
Prodigy (2004) (TV)
Peoples (2004) .... Jessica Anderson
"Boston Public" .... Helena Gelbke (1 episode, 2003)
- Chapter Seventy-Five (2003) TV episode .... Helena Gelbke
"Cold Case" .... Jill Shelby (1 episode, 2003)
- Look Again (2003) TV episode .... Jill Shelby
"Nip/Tuck" .... Vanessa (4 episodes, 2003)
- Cliff Mantegna (2003) TV episode .... Vanessa
- Megan O'Hara (2003) TV episode .... Vanessa
- Nanette Babcock (2003) TV episode .... Vanessa
- Mandi/Randi (2003) TV episode .... Vanessa
"Everwood" .... Kate Morris (2 episodes, 2003)
... aka Our New Life in Everwood (UK: new syndication title)
- Episode 20 (2003) TV episode .... Kate Morris
- Moonlight Sonata (2003) TV episode .... Kate Morris
Tadpole (2002) .... Miranda Spear
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Lori (1 episode, 2001)
... aka Law & Order: SVU (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Special Victims Unit (New Zealand: English title)
- Pixies (2001) TV episode .... Lori
"Ed" .... Kelly Kovacs (1 episode, 2000)
- Pretty Girls and Waffles (2000) TV episode .... Kelly Kovacs
"Madigan Men" .... Julie (1 episode, 2000)
- White Knight (2000) TV episode .... Julie
Random Hearts (1999) .... Jessica Chandler
Joe the King (1999) .... Allyson
... aka Joe Henry (USA)
"Law & Order" .... Jenna Erlich (1 episode, 1997)
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Shadow (1997) TV episode .... Jenna Erlich
The Californians (2005) (performer: "The Californians", "Mother Nature", "The Right Idea", "Radical Approach", "Will You See Me Home", "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)", "Little Boxes")
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2008)
- Episode dated 12 August 2008 (2008) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 7 August 2008 (2008) TV episode .... Herself
Survival of the Fittest: The Making of 'Shooter' (2007) (V) .... Herself
"Weekend Sunrise" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
- Episode dated 15 April 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Herself
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
... aka Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Australia)
- Episode dated 12 March 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Herself
MovieReal: We Are Marshall (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"Fuse Celebrity Playlist" .... Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
- We Are Marshall (2006) TV episode .... Herself - Guest