Meryl Streep’s Daughter Mamie Gummer Talks Working with Her Mother, Hollywood Sexism, Activism, and Fashion

August 6, 2015

Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer talks with Net-A-Porter magazine about what it was like co-starring with her mother in ‘Ricki and the Flash.’ She also shares her thoughts on fashion, activism, and reveals who her screen idol is and more.

Mamie Gummer

It’s hard enough to imagine what it must be like to be the daughter of any celebrity, let alone the daughter of one of Hollywood’s A-list. Harder still to imagine what it must be like be the daughter of Meryl Streep, who is widely considered to be the greatest actor of her generation and one of the greatest of all time.

Three Oscars, and nineteen nominations, after all, and, thankfully still going strong, four decades later; most recently as the titular rock guitarist of the Jonathan Demme-directed comedy ‘Ricki and the Flash.’

And 32-year-old Mamie Gummer is the next generation as she follows in the profession. Now as for linking her name with her mother’s, well, that’s lately the consequence of her having a co-starring role in that very movie. Not only that, but portraying Ricki’s estranged daughter! Yes, more hard-to-imagine, scenarios, yourself portraying the daughter your mother left behind in her pursuit of music.

In Nete-A-Porter Gummer says of the experience, ““We had never really talked about [working] together, but we had also never ruled it out. I wasn’t about to say, ‘I’m not going to work with Meryl Streep. I refuse! Making the film was a wonderful experience, artistically and personally.”

Oddly enough, when asked, she doesn’t name her mother as her acting idol, but instead, that honor goes to Cate Blanchett. Gummer praised her for being able to balance work in theater and in movies and noting that “theater has remained a priority in her life.”

It was how she herself got her start, in theater, and in the interview, she said of her pursuit of her mother’s profession that “at a certain point I had to acknowledge that acting was the thing that was dominating my life.”

She went on to denounce the rampant sexism in Hollywood, sharing her own personal experience. She said, “One audition I went for was for the role of Joan of Arc, and at the end of the character description it said, ‘She has an undeniable sex appeal. Nudity required.'”

See more of the Net-A-Porter interview with Mamie Gummer and the photo shoot here and see her opposite her famous mother Meryl Streep in the trailer below!

Pictures: PR Photos

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