Wright takes over as lead for the final season of the Netflix political drama, expected to premiere sometime this fall.
"I think we were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened," Wright admitted, regarding Spacey's firing over allegations of sexual misconduct.
The actress said she and Spacey never socialized outside of work. Wright, who has taken over as the lead of the show on the final season that drops this fall, had been co-stars with Spacey on the series since its inception on Netflix in 2013.
The actress answered questions about his behavior very carefully. "Respectful, professional relationship, he was so great with me. He was never disrespectful to me, so that's my personal experience," she told Guthrie. "That's the only thing I feel that I have the right to talk about."
According to Wright, her relationship with Spacey was, and always had been, limited to the work. She said she hadn't heard from him and wouldn't even know how to get hold of him if needed. "Kevin and I knew each other between 'action' and 'cut' and in between set-ups where we would giggle," she admitted. "I didn't really-- I didn't know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is."
When asked if she thought Netflix responded appropriately in firing Spacey, Wright replied, "I don't know how to comment on that, but I think at that time, the shock was so intense all over the nation for many reasons, many stories, many people. I think that everybody felt that it was respectful to back off."
As for her own #MeToo experiences, Wright said "of course" she's been the victim of sexual harassment. "Who hasn't?"
She then added, "This is a bigger, broader issue, I think, which is seduction. I don't care who you are, it's about power. And once you overpower someone, that person then becomes vulnerable. And this last year, I think, has shined a light in a new way to allow us to start a new conversation. So we just need to shift the paradigm."
Wright spoke before three additional allegations were brought before Spacey earlier this month, bringing the total to six. The former "House of Cards" star was first accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making sexual advances toward him when he was 14-years old. Spacey has denied allegations brought against him, or attributed them to "inappropriate drunken behavior" he doesn't remember.
In the wake of the allegations, Spacey withdrew from public life, saying through representatives that he was seeking unspecified treatment. He also came out as gay in response to the initial allegation. Netflix quickly severed all ties with Spacey, and after a brief hiatus determined to finish the already commissioned final season of "House of Cards" with a reduced episode order of eight.