"There are very few films or TV shows where the male — the patriarch — and the matriarch are equal. And they are in 'House of Cards,'" Wright said.
Wright told the Rockefeller Foundation crowd: "I was looking at the statistics, and Claire Underwood's character was more popular than [Frank's] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, 'You better pay me, or I'm going to go public. And they did."
The fourth season of the series debuted in March and delved even deeper into Claire's character. The fictional first lady would likely be proud of Wright's power move — if she were available for comment.