Grace Gummer

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Grace Gummer
Born
Grace Jane Gummer

(1986-05-09) May 9, 1986 (age 33)
Alma materVassar College
OccupationActress
Years active2008–present
Parent(s)
Relatives

Grace Jane Gummer (born May 9, 1986) is an American actress. She received a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of Arcadia. Her television work includes recurring roles in The Newsroom and American Horror Story: Freak Show, and regular roles in Extant and Mr. Robot.

Early life[edit]

Gummer was born on May 9, 1986 in New York City to actress Meryl Streep and sculptor Don Gummer.[1] She grew up in Los Angeles and Connecticut, with her older siblings, musician Henry Wolfe Gummer and actress Mamie Gummer, and younger sister, model Louisa Gummer.

Gummer attended Vassar College, her mother's alma mater, and received a degree in Art History and Italian in 2008.[2] At Vassar, she was involved in its collaborative theater group Woodshed Theater Ensemble and spent a year studying abroad in Bologna, Italy. During this period, Gummer worked as a docent at DIA:Beacon, as well as for costume designer Ann Roth and the Tirelli Costumi costume shop in Rome.[3] She later interned for fashion designer Zac Posen's design department.[4]

Career[edit]

2008–2010: Early career[edit]

Gummer made her screen acting debut (billed as Jane Grey) in the 1993 film The House of the Spirits, as the younger version of her mother's character, Clara del Valle. She had her next professional acting job after graduating college; in 2008, she starred off-off-Broadway in Lukas Bärfuss's The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents.[5][6] She originally was asked to help with the play's costume design but ended up auditioning and getting cast in its lead role.[2]

From 2010 until 2011, she starred as Anna Moore on the TeenNick show Gigantic,[7] which premiered on October 8, 2010. She said that she used the show “as a platform to be able to launch [herself] forward.”[2] Gummer appeared in the 2010 film Meskada, in which she played the role of Nat Collins, before playing Abby in 2010's Bashert with Paulo Costanzo. In December 2010, Gummer played the role of Hero in a Los Anglese production of Much Ado About Nothing, opposite Helen Hunt.[8] She also had a small role as a student in Julia Roberts' class in the 2010 film Larry Crowne, which was directed by Tom Hanks;[9] she shared many scenes in Larry Crowne with future Mr. Robot castmate Rami Malek.

2011–2012: Broadway[edit]

In the Spring of 2011, Gummer made her Broadway debut, performing the role of Chloë Coverly in the revival of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. The following year, she acted in her second Broadway production, The Columnist, opposite John Lithgow.

Gummer appeared as Katie Rand on the NBC television series Smash on March 26, 2012, in the episode entitled "The Coup"; her character is a humanitarian attempting to bring peace to her divorcing parents, including her mother, played by Anjelica Huston.

2013–present: Prominence in television[edit]

Beginning in 2013, Gummer began having more, and higher profile, roles on television, having been cast in a series of recurring and main parts. Gummer had a recurring role as FBI agent Paige Willis on the television series Zero Hour, which aired in the early Spring of 2013. During this time, she also joined the cast of the HBO series The Newsroom. Gummer appeared in ten episodes as journalist Hallie Shea, beginning with the second episode of Season 2 on July 21, 2013. Concurrently, she starred in the online miniseries Paloma for WIGS. She also had a supporting role in the 2013 Tommy Lee Jones film The Homesman. In November 2013, she made her first appearance in the American Horror Story franchise; the following year, she appeared in seven episodes as Penny in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

In 2014 and 2015, Gummer starred alongside Halle Berry on both seasons of the Steven Spielberg CBS show Extant. She was part of the main cast for both seasons of the show. She had a supporting role in 2014's Learning to Drive and the 2015 romantic comedy Jenny's Wedding. Following the cancellation of Extant, she had a small role in the 2016 HBO film Confirmation, which was concerned with the Anita Hill controversy, and took part in the Amazon show Good Girls Revolt of which she had a recurring role playing Nora Ephron; the show would premiere a year later in November 2016.

On January 29, 2016, it was announced that Gummer had joined the cast of the USA Network series Mr. Robot as a series regular in the role of FBI field agent Dominique "Dom" DiPierro.[10] She appeared in the final three seasons of the show, which premiered in July 2016, October 2017, and October 2019, respectively.

Between filming seasons of Mr. Robot, Gummer acted in the comedy The Long Dumb Road and the action-thriller Beast of Burden in which she co-starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe;[11] both films premiered in 2018. She also had a small role in the Billy Crystal film Standing Up, Falling Down, which premiered in Spring 2019.

Gummer also returned to theater during this time. She had a supporting role in the off-Broadway play Mary Page Marlowe, which began previews in June 2018. In Fall 2018, she filmed The Hot Zone for National Geographic, in which she appears in four of the six episodes;[12][13] the show aired in Spring 2019. After filming the final season of Mr. Robot during the first half of 2019, Gummer joined the cast of The Public Theater's production of A Bright Room Called Day, which opened in November 2019.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Gummer speaks both English and Italian.[2] She lives in Los Angeles.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The House of the Spirits Young Clara del Valle
2010 Meskada Nat Collins
2010 Bashert Abby Short film
2011 Larry Crowne Natalie Calimeris
2012 Frances Ha Rachel
2013 The Homesman Arabella Sours
2014 Learning to Drive Tasha Shields
2015 Jenny's Wedding Anne Farrell
2018 The Long Dumb Road Nina
2018 Beast of Burden Jen
2019 Standing Up, Falling Down Megan

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010–2011 Gigantic Anna Moore 18 episodes
2012–2013 Smash Katie Rand 2 episodes
2013 Zero Hour FBI Agent Paige Willis 6 episodes
2013–2014 Paloma Paloma 5 episodes
2013–2014 The Newsroom Hallie Shea 10 episodes
2013 American Horror Story: Coven Millie Episode: "The Axeman Cometh"
2014–2015 Extant Julie Gelineau 21 episodes
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Penny 7 episodes
2016–2019 Mr. Robot Dominique DiPierro Main cast
2016 Confirmation Ricki Seidman Television film
2016 Good Girls Revolt Nora Ephron 6 episodes
2018 That's Harassment Herself Short
2019 The Hot Zone Melinda Danport Miniseries

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents Dora Wild Project:

November 6 – November 22, 2008

2010 Much Ado About Nothing Hero Kirk Douglas Theatre:

December 1 – December 19, 2010

2011 Arcadia Chloë Coverly Ethel Barrymore Theatre:
February 26 – June 19, 2011
2012 The Columnist Abigail Samuel J. Friedman Theatre:
April 4 – July 8, 2012
2018 Mary Page Marlowe Roberta Marlowe Second Stage Theatre:
June 19 – August 19, 2018
2019 A Bright Room Called Day Paulinka Erdnuss The Public Theater:
October 29 – December 15, 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hadden, B.; Luce, H.R. (1986). "Time". Time, Inc. ISSN 0040-781X. LCCN 25011669. BORN. To Meryl Streep, 36. two-time Oscar-winning actress, and her husband Don Gummer, 39, sculptor: their third child, second daughter; in New York City.
  2. ^ a b c d "That's Entertainment - Vassar, the Alumnae/i Quarterly". vq.vassar.edu. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Ferla, Ruth La (July 8, 2016). "Grace Gummer on 'Mr. Robot' and Being Meryl Streep's Daughter". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "That's Entertainment - Vassar, the Alumnae/i Quarterly". vq.vassar.edu. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents". NYTheatre.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  6. ^ Saltz, Rachel (November 14, 2008). "Sex Without the Shame, but Not Without the Consequences". The New York Times.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 22, 2010). "Helen Hunt to Star in Los Angeles Production of Much Ado About Nothing". Playbill. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Grace Gummer Confirms Her Role In Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne". CinemaBlend.com. April 27, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (January 29, 2016). "Grace Gummer Joins 'Mr. Robot' Season 2 as Series Regular". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  11. ^ Beast of Burden (2018) - IMDb, retrieved June 6, 2019
  12. ^ "Grace Gummer Joins Nat Geo's 'The Hot Zone' as Series Regular". TheWrap. December 6, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "Filmed in Toronto and Ontario: Movies and TV Shows". web.archive.org. November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "A Bright Room Called Day". publictheater.org. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "Beyond the Screen with Grace Gummer | NBCUniversal Together". together.nbcuni.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.

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