Mamie Gum­mer

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

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.

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