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‘House of Cards’ Secret Service agent: I’m supporting real-life agency

Joy Asico
Lamont Easter and dancing partner Katya Naiman.

An actor who played a Secret Service agent on “House of Cards,” says he supports the real-life agency, despite the heat it’s taking for a series of White House security breaches.

Lamont Easter says he was trained by a former head of security for the Secret Service for his recurring role on the Kevin Spacey-starring Netflix show. The entertainer took on the role of a Secret Service agent protecting a fictional vice president, played by Spacey.

{mosads}“Right before the season started, season two, they brought a gentleman in who had worked for several of the presidents and he gave us training and he told us different stories,” Easter says, “but none of the stories were quite like what seems to be going on now.”

The Washington-based performer — who also played a security agent on CBS’s “Madam Secretary” and a Secret Service agent on HBO’s “Veep,” — calls the rash of White House fence jumpers “pretty wild,“ but maintains of the federal law enforcement agency: “They’re doing the best they can. They’re responding. I give them props.”

He added, “I’m supporting them. I have no room to talk. I’m not in that position with those challenges they face.”

ITK caught up with Easter at the inaugural DC’s Dancing Stars gala on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Tyson’s Corner, Va. Easter and other celebrity dancers — including WUSA 9 anchors Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck, and former NFL player John Booty — donned sequined outfits to take to the dance floor and compete for a mirror-ball trophy. PBS’s Rina Shah and Charisse Jackson-Jordan, wife of former Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan, shimmied and shook their way to the top, winning the competition, which raised more than $150,000 for various charities.

After Easter’s intense tango, one of the gala’s judges and former Washington Redskins player Gary Clark declared, “Forget ‘House of Cards,’ you should be on ‘House of Dance!’ “

But Easter later told ITK that it was good his “Cards” co-stars weren’t competing that night, disclosing, “I think Kevin Spacey would give me a run for my money. And Robin Wright.”

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