Elizabeth Thorp, the former editor-in-chief of the highly polished D.C. magazine Capitol File, knows that all this sounds a bit crazy.
"It seems ridiculous that anyone would think that this would be a good idea – to start acting at the age of 40," said Thorp, who in the sixth and final season of Netflix told Robin Wright about two glorious minutes on the little one Canvas can be seen "House of Cards". The Washington insider, who was supposed to be just over 40 years old, was the Torsten to whom women of a certain age should hold up and found inspiration for her second career in an unlikely place.
"See who the White House is," joked Thorp. "There is this failed reality TV star who leads the free world. Is there anything more crazy than that? "
Thorp, who describes himself on Twitter as "somewhere between Beyoncé and Pelosi," plays in Claire Underwood's administration in the final episode of the season a buttoned-up Secretary of Defense. Her character and Wrights are in an ideological tug-of-war in the Situation Room, and that was as intimidating as it sounds.
"My reaction was absolutely authentic," Thorp said about her scene with Wright, whom she met in 2015 for the first time as Editor-in-Chief of Capitol File. In the "War Room," the president is close to nuclear war and chastises her defense minister sharply before giving the word "misandry" with a razor-sharp lesson. Thorp – and the woman she played – was understandably nervous. "She really made it easy."
But the whole spectacle? Not so easy, said Thorp.
She had first discovered the mistake in 2014 when a local casting agent called her after the magazine's publisher was seen on television. Thorp went to Baltimore, where "House of Cards" was filmed for her first audition. The camera was too close. A lot of sweat was involved. Lines were messed up. It was bad. But miraculously, Thorp was recalled to read for other minor roles on the show, and was eventually cast in season 4 as a "female delegate" in an episode of Wright. This scene ended on the floor of the cutting room. "It was like," Hey, welcome to the store, "Thorp said.
Colleague House of Cards and his friend Jayne Atkinson suggested Thorp take acting lessons. The gigs started to come. Thorp was in a health care PSA, a scene in "Homeland" (which also got the ax), a true crime imitation on Discover ID, and will feature in the upcoming play "The Best of Enemies" (1960), in which the lead role plays Taraji P. Henson.
"I love my second chapter, being this random actress," said Thorp, who knows her "guy" very well. "Unfortunately I will not be the Femme Fatale and I agree. I am the mother of the Upper East Side, the rich [trophy wife], the DC reporter, and I suppose that. Thank you for the opportunity. "