The Good Wife actress and daughter of Meryl Streep stars in The Collection, premiering Oct. 8 on PBS’ Masterpiece. Gummer, 34, portrays Helen Sabine, the wife of the head of a fashion house in post-WWII Paris, in the drama about two competitive brothers trying to build a design empire.
The Collection seems more a family drama than a fashion saga. It’s a little bit House of Cards. It felt like being a politician’s wife, like in The Good Wife, in the pressure to make my character’s marriage work. She went through a divorce in the States and went to France to live with her aunt and uncle to escape the social disgrace. So she resolves to stand by her guy. How did you immerse yourself in that time period and in Paris? I read a few books and I watched some old movies. I wanted to imbue as much of the spirit of women before World War II as I could, and the fallout of the war and the toll it took on the role of women.
You wworked with your mom in RickiRick and the Flash. What was that like? It was great. It was an experiencee I will certainly cherish. It was interesting to meet her on somewhat of a level plane and to introduce ourselves to each other in a different way.
What does she think of the 1940s underwear required for the role? Go to Parade.com/gummer to find out.