Kate Mara (born February 27, 1983) is an American actress who portrayed the character of Zoe Barnes in Season 1 and Season 2 of House of Cards. With a sister, also an actress, Rooney Mara, and her great-grandparents on both sides founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. Mara has previously had roles on American Horror Story (as Hayden McClaine) and a main role in the movie Happythankyoumoreplease as Josh Radnor's love interest Mississippi.