MVP of the Week: Mamie Gummer

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I am a big fan of Mamie Gummer, who has a recurring role on “The Good Wife” as opposing counsel Nancy Crozier and who played medical professionals in two television series, “Emily Owens, M.D.” and “Off the Map.” This week, she appears in two new films. In “The End of the Tour,” she and Mickey Sumner play friends of David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) to come to hear him on the last night of the book tour and spend the evening with him and the reporter who is covering him, played by Jesse Eisenberg.

In “Ricki and the Flash,” Gummer plays a woman having a breakdown after her husband leaves her. Her father, distraught, calls for help from her mother, his ex-wife, played by Gummer’s real-life mother, Meryl Streep. Here she is talking about working with her mother.

And about the character she plays:

It isn’t the first time they’ve appeared on screen together. When she was a toddler, she played Streep’s child in “Heartburn.” And in “Evening, she played Streep’s character as a young woman.

Gummer and Streep are terrific together in the film, and of course their resemblance makes their relationship feel immediately real. I look forward to whatever she does next.

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