Kate Mara Strips Down in Sexy GQ Photo Shoot, Talks House of Cards' "Surprising" Season 2

Kate Mara strips for the March issue of GQ and teases House of Cards' "surprising" season 2 Credit: Mark Abrahams / GQ

What winter chill? Kate Mara is steaming up the pages of GQ's March issue with a super-sexy photo shoot that features the House of Cards actress in little more than her underwear.

In one picture from the provocative shoot, the 30-year-old star lounges in a plush pink chair, showing off her long legs in a pale-blue Eres bikini, which perfectly matches her fuzzy Alexander Wang sweater and ankle-strap heels. In another, she reveals her toned midriff in a skimpy Eres lingerie set with an open Topshop cardigan.

The racy pics should get House of Cards fans even more excited for the show's second season, which premieres via Netflix on Friday, Feb. 14. Speaking about the critically acclaimed series' sophomore run in her interview with GQ, on stands Feb. 25, Mara hinted at some "surprising" things to come.

"I mean, the dials were really high in the first season," the actress teased. "[Creator] Beau Willimon has a very big imagination. And he and our writing staff, I think they really pulled through this season. Because it's hard to top all the things that happened last season."

"Last year, before season one came out, I had seen all the episodes; this year, I haven't, so I'm just as excited to watch it like anyone else," she added. "Still, I think it's just as surprising and addictive. Hopefully we'll see."

The star, who plays ambitious reporter Zoe Barnes, also spoke about getting into character for the show. "Being a journalist wasn't the most important thing for me. That was just her job -- it could be anything," she explained.

"The most important aspect of Zoe that I felt I needed to understand and wrap my head around was her crazy drive and ambition," she continued. "Sitting around with Beau and [executive producer David] Fincher and Kevin [Spacey], just setting the backstories -- that's where I got all my information."