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    Kate Mara Opened Up About Her "Horrible Experience" Making "Fantastic Four"

    "It was a power dynamic thing."

    Kate Mara is the lead in FX on Hulu's new drama A Teacher, which premiered earlier this week. (The first three episodes are on the streaming service now — and I heartily recommend them.)

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    In a recent interview with the Television Academy while promoting A Teacher, Mara opened up about her "horrible experience" making the 2015 comic book film adaptation Fantastic Four.

    FANTASTIC FOUR, Kate Mara, 2015
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    "I've never talked about it before," she admitted. "I married one of my costars, so I don't regret doing that movie at all. But do I wish I had responded differently to certain things? Yes, definitely."

    FANTASTIC FOUR, l-r: Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, 2015.
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    Mara also claimed that, over the course of her career, she's had two "horrendous" experiences on the set — both with male directors.

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    "Have I not gotten along with a female director? Absolutely," she explained. "And was it not the greatest work experience? Sure. But there was never a time that I felt, This is happening because I'm a woman."

    Kate Mara attends Christmas at The Grove: A Festive Tree Lighting celebration at The Grove on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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    "Where, with the male directors, it 100% was only happening with me; it was a power dynamic thing. And on both of my bad experiences, the movies were 95% men and I was the only woman in the movie."

    Kate Mara is seen on June 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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    Mara also touchingly shared what she hopes her stepdaughter takes away from the roles she's chosen throughout her career: "Eventually she's going to be able to look at the work I've done. And now more than ever, I want it to mean something and for there to be a point to it."

    Kate Mara attends Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance Presents Style Lab hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal & Kate Mara at Gotham Hall NYC on November 06, 2019 in New York City.
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