Mara is most known for her appearances as Zoe Barnes on “House of Cards” (2013–2014; 2016) and Shari Rothenberg on “24” (2006), but she has also been in “American Horror Story: Murder House” (2011) and “Pose” (2012). (2018).
Kate has appeared in over 30 films, including “Fantastic Four” (2015), “The Martian” (2015), and “Chappaquiddick” (2015), in addition to her television work (2018). Mara has also appeared in theatre plays, including John Guare’s “Landscape of the Body” at the 2003 Williamstown Theatre Festival and Peter Barr Nickowitz’s “The Alice Complex” at Dixon Place in New York City and the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles (2006).
Tim Mara and Art Rooney, Sr., Kate’s great-grandfathers, founded the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. The two teams are still owned and operated by members of her extended family. The extended Rooney and Mara families are rich billions thanks to their ownership of these two NFL teams.
Kate Rooney Mara was born in Bedford, New York, on February 27, 1983. Timothy, her father, is an NFL scout and vice president of player assessment for the New York Giants, and Kathleen, her mother, is a member of the Steelers’ ownership family. Daniel, Conor, and Patricia are Kate’s three siblings (better known as Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara).
Kate made her stage debut at the age of nine in a school musical and went on to perform in community theater productions and attend theater-arts courses. Mara went to Fox Lane High School and graduated after only three years. She had planned to pursue musical theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, but she never went since she preferred to concentrate on her acting career.
Kate made her television debut in NBC’s “Law & Order” in 1997, and she made her big screen debut in 1999 with roles in “Joe the King” and “Random Hearts.” In 2000, she appeared as a guest star on ABC’s “Madigan Men” and NBC’s “Ed,” as well as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Mara made guest appearances in two episodes of The WB’s “Everwood,” four episodes of Ryan Murphy’s “Nip/Tuck,” and episodes of “Cold Case” and “Boston Public” in 2003.
Kate got her first main part in the television film “Prodigy,” which was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Family Television Movie or Special in 2004. She also appeared in the short film “Time Well Spent” and guest-starred on “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” that year.
Mara made six appearances on The WB’s “Jack & Bobby” in 2005, and she had a recurring role as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg on the popular Fox program “24” the following year.
She also starred in “Urban Legends: Bloody Mary,” the Oscar-winning drama “Brokeback Mountain,” and the football biopic “We Are Marshall,” as well as “The Californians,” “Zoom,” and “Fireflies” during that time. Kate starred in the films “Full of It” and “Shooter” in 2007, as well as “Transsiberian” and “Stone of Destiny” in 2008, before securing a recurring role on HBO’s “Entourage” in 2009.
Mara appeared in “Happythankyoumoreplease” (written and directed by Josh Radnor of “How I Met Your Mother”), co-starred in the biographical thriller “127 Hours” alongside James Franco, and as a US Marshal in the blockbuster “Iron Man 2” in 2010. In 2011, she reunited with Ryan Murphy for eight episodes of “American Horror Story: Murder House,” playing the murdered mistress of Dylan McDermott’s Dr. Ben Harmon. Kate started playing reporter Zoe Barnes on the award-winning political drama “House of Cards” the following year, appearing in 14 episodes.
Mara co-starred in the science fiction film “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman in 2014, and in 2015, she played Sue Storm/the Invisible Woman in “Fantastic Four,” played real-life hostage Ashley Smith in “Captive,” and starred in Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” which grossed “$630.2 million” at the box office.
Kate featured as a U.S. Marine in the biographical drama “Megan Leavey,” which won the Heartland Film Festival’s Truly Moving Picture Award, and she also produced and performed in “My Days of Mercy.” In 2018, she worked with Ryan Murphy again, as Patty Bowes on six episodes of “Pose,” and she also portrayed Mary Jo Kopechne in the biographical film “Chappaquiddick” same year. In 2020, Mara will star in the miniseries “A Teacher,” which she also created.
Kate started dating her “Fantastic Four” co-star Jamie Bell in 2015, and the two became engaged in January 2017. Mara is also the stepmother of Bell’s son with actress Evan Rachel Wood, whom she married in July 2017.
They welcomed a daughter in May 2019. Kate is a vegan and animal advocate who starred in the Humane Society of the United States’ “Meatless Monday” campaign film in 2015. Mara is a football lover who cheers for both the Steelers and the Giants, and she has performed the national anthem at games for both teams.
Wealth in the Family
Kate and her sister Rooney come from a well-known and wealthy American family with a track record of involvement in a number of high-profile business ventures. The group is known as the “Rooney and Mara business family” collectively. The New York Giants were founded and owned by one of her great grandfathers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were founded and owned by another great grandfather. Because of their ownership stakes in these two teams, their extended family members are now worth several billion dollars.
The New York Giants’ vice president of player personnel is Kate and Rooney’s father. Timothy Rooney, their maternal grandpa, is the owner of the Yonkers Raceway & Empire Casino, which he has owned since 1972. The New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers are still owned by their extended family, and many of her relatives work for them. Representative Tom Rooney of the United States and Florida State Representative Patrick Rooney Jr. are relatives.
Honors and Awards
Mara got the Face of the Future award at the Women in Film Crystal Awards in 2015, and she and her “Fantastic Four” co-stars split a CinemaCon Award. Kate was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, as well as nominations from the Gold Derby Awards and the Online Film & Television Association, for her role in “House of Cards” in 2014.
Purchasing Real Estate
Kate and Jamie purchased a 2,394 square foot property in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles for $2.57 million in 2019. Mara previously acquired a two-bedroom condo in West Los Angeles for $620,000 in 2005. In 2014, she listed it for $649,000 on the market.
Kate Mara is an actress from the United States with a net worth of $14 million.