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OTRC: Kate Mara talks 'Transcendence,' terrorist role, animals: 3 highlights

Kate Mara talks to OTRC.com about the new film 'Transcendence' and preparing for her role in the new 'Fantastic Four' movie. (April 2014)

Kate Mara plays the leader of a terrorist group that is anti-technology in "Transcendence," a sci-fi film that could stir conversations about its controversial plot and animal experimentation.

The 31-year-old actress, best known for her role in the Netflix show "House of Cards," made her comments in an interview with OTRC.com ahead of the April 18 release of "Transcendence."

The movie stars Johnny Depp as Will Caster, an artificial intelligence expert who becomes the target of an assassination attempt by R.I.F.T, the group led by Mara's character, Bree. He is mortally injured in the attack and his wife, played by Rebecca Hall, and friend, played by Paul Bettany, try to download his thoughts and memories to keep part of him alive.

Watch OTRC.com's interview with Kate Mara, above, and check out 3 highlights below.

1. On animal experiments and THAT monkey scene ...

One scene in "Transcendence" shows monkeys in a lab screaming. It is later explained that they were used for experiments to try to duplicate their brains into computers.

"Sort of knowing where the extremists from R.I.F.T. anway, are coming from and the sort of ... innocence of where it begins, was attractive to me," Mara told OTRC.com. "And how that can sort of take such a turn and to go from wanting to protect animals in the environment and all these things in a very loving way can then turn to killing people in order to achieve that -- that's very interesting to me."

2. Why Kate Mara agreed to star in "Transcendence ...

"One of the things that attracted me to the story was that I knew it would get people -- or I hoped it would get people talking about which side, which extreme they connect with more," she said.

3. How tech-savvy is Kate Mara?

"Weirdly, I'm in between somewhere," she said. "I'm not that tech-savvy, but I am enough and I rely on it enough that I don't know how I would feel about losing it. I appreciate both sides in very different ways."

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