Mara, 32, plays Susan Storm, aka the Invisible Woman in the Marvel reboot of the “Fantastic Four” comic book movie series from 2005.
The latest film co-stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey and Tim Blake Nelson.
Kate is the older sister of fellow actress Rooney Mara, who starred in the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” movies. They spring from the union of two wealthy NFL football families.
Their paternal grandparents, Wellington and Ann Mara own the NFL’s New York Giants. Her great-grandfather on her mother’s side is the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney. Both teams are still in their respective families.
Kate began acting at the age of 9 in a children’s singing group. Naturally, Fallon dug up her past and one of her early albums. She sang in a kid’s group, Sugar Beats.
The daughter of famed ’70s singer Carol King lived across the street when she was growing up and wanted to form a singing group. Mara said she landed a spot after auditioning.
Mara said she was bitten by the acting bug and studied for a time at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her first major role was on the NBC television series “Law & Order” in 1997.
She broke into films with 1999 drama “Joe the King” and landed a high-profile role in 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain.” More recently, she co-starred in Johnny Depp’s sci-fi thriller “Transcendence.”
Her career has exploded since then. “Fantastic Four,” is one of five films she has in the works this year and into next year.
“That’s very exciting to have little girls see a female superhero,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “The crazy and sad part about it is that most films I’m in, or females are in, are mostly males in them.
“There just aren’t enough roles for females in general. So hopefully that will change,” she added.
Check out the videos below and Kate’s daring spread in Esquire. Let’s hope we see more of her. And, be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest movie news.