How Kate Mara Keeps Her Cool 

The products, podcasts and vegan diet that keep the actor on track



Drawn to playing complex characters, actor Kate Mara is excited at the buzz around her latest project, Hulu’s A Teacher (available to stream on Nov. 10) — a provocative limited series about an illicit affair between a young teacher and her male student. Mara describes shooting the series as magical. “My 3-month-old daughter was with me on set. I was in a bit of a daze.”


Kate Mara and Nick Robinson in FX on Hulu’s A Teacher.  


After production ended, the world changed, and Mara found herself adjusting to the new normal. “I miss the family routines we had before the quarantine. Going to the park with our kids, meeting other families there, picking up coffee and walking around the reservoir with my daughter. Now we have new routines, like walking our neighborhood instead, and going to the park alone as a family when we know it’s not busy so we can be safe. But the outside human connection is what we miss most.”

As for working from home? “It’s a challenge with kids in the house,” Mara admits. “My daughter can hear my voice no matter where I am, so my husband [actor Jamie Bell] gets creative when I’m on a work call or she will find me! We’re trying to figure out how best to be parents and work from home with no help. It’s a balancing act.”


The Lekfit studio (pre-COVID) on Beverly Boulevard. 


When it comes to exercise, Mara doesn’t budge. “Working out has always been my way of recharging and staying centered.” Pre-COVID-19, she attended classes to stay motivated and prioritize daily exercise, but these days Mara stream strengthening and lengthening workouts by Ballet Bodies, and Lekfit mini trampoline cardio classes.

“I listen to podcasts,” Mara shares. “I love The Breakdown, Shaun King’s podcast about breaking down injustice and racism in our country. I love his specifics as to how we can be truly antiracist and support the movement. His podcast makes it easy to be a part of the change.”


Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in Hulu’s Normal People.


She keeps the recommendations coming. “I’m a fan of Dax Shepard and his [co-host] Monica [Padman’s] Armchair Expert podcast. Their interviews open people up to discussing things they normally wouldn’t. One more, Sick Empire is really informative and moving. It’s about people fighting on the frontlines of the global pandemic. And I loved watching Normal People on Hulu. I binged it in one night, which is impressive for me because I tend to fall asleep soon after our kids. But I couldn’t stop watching it. I love a love story.”


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Feature image: Kate Mara in FX on Hulu’s A Teacher.


A version of this story originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of C Magazine.

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