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'Class of '09': Kate Mara gushes about relationship with Sepideh Moafi in FBI thriller

"She and I just immediately fell in love with each other. I feel like we've known each other for 40 years," Mara said about the friendship she made on FX series

Brokeback Mountain and House of Cards star Kate Mara transforms into a successful FBI agent in the new FX drama series Class of '09 (streaming on Disney+ in Canada).

While there's a lot of action and suspense in the show, it was the relationship she had with co-star Sepideh Moafi that really stands out in the experience.

Class of ’09 is centred around a class of FBI agents and follows them through three different time periods. One of these years is 2009, when they were studying and training to be agents. Then there is the present day in 2023 and the future in 2034.

Each of these agents comes from unconventional backgrounds. Mara's character Poet is an ex-nurse, Lennix (Brian J. Smith) comes from a family of politicians, Tayo (Brian Tyree Henry) was in insurance, and Hour (Moafi) is the daughter of Iranian refugees.

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While each person is navigating U.S. law enforcement, the series also explores how artificial intelligence and algorithms impact the criminal justice system.

Poet is particularly significant, known as one of the most successful undercover agents in history.

“The relationship between Hour and Poet was one of the reasons why I really loved the first couple episodes when I read them,” Mara told Yahoo Canada. “I was so intrigued with where the relationship and the dynamic between these two women was going to go and I just got really lucky that Sepideh was interested in this and was cast."

"She and I just immediately fell in love with each other. I feel like we've known each other for 40 years.”

Sepideh Moafi as Hour and Kate Mara as Poet in the FX series “Class of ’09,
Sepideh Moafi as Hour and Kate Mara as Poet in the FX series “Class of ’09," streaming on Disney+ (FX)

Mara was also struck by the way the story positioned the relationship between these two women.

“I just thought it was a really unique way of exploring a relationship between two women, where it's very layered," Mara said. "It's not just a friendship, or it's not just a romantic relationship, there's so many different elements to it."

"They aren't even sure what it is when they first meet. So it was really fun to see where that was going to go.”

Moafi added that their own personal dynamics mirrored the story of their characters.