Becoming a Gummer: My Obsession with Meryl Streep's Offspring

Before we go any further, let me just say that if you aren’t already watching Emily Owens, M.D., you’re making a huge mistake that will likely affect you for the rest of your life. Sure, it’s something of a Grey’s Anatomy Lite but what’s wrong with that? I miss the early, bouncy days of Grey’s. There’s something counter-intuitively soothing about watching young medical interns stress out, dash frantically across slippery hospital corridors, hook up in broom closets, and weep privately over patients who just won’t admit what’s really going on, goddammit.

But let’s get right to the point. The star of Emily Owens is Mamie Gummer, daughter of MerylStreepTheGreatestActressofOurTime. Some have doubted Mamie in the past, questioning why she’d even bother to pursue acting given that it would be pretty much impossible to even come close to her mother’s level of fame and acclaim. But here’s why she was right to push forward: she’s friggin’ awesome. I love her. She completely carries the show with her charming, self-deprecating voice-overs, her knack for physical comedy, and her ability to make us forget that she’s totally pretty and instead see her as an awkward, lovelorn, insecure goofball. She’s an incredible actress in her own right, and the fact that occasionally I see a certain glint or expression that screams MERYL is actually legitimately charming rather than distracting.

But you guys – there are more Gummer daughters out there (in case you are totally in the dark, Meryl’s husband is famed sculptor Don Gummer, hence the last name). I’ve been tracking them for years. It would seem impossible that one woman could produce three such beautiful-but-unique-from-each-other daughters, but this is Meryl Streep we’re talking about. To quite Cam from Modern Family, “Meryl Streep could play Batman and be the right choice.” Bitch can do anything, people.

A breakdown of the Gummer girls for y’all:


Age: 29 (oldest daughter, second oldest child. There’s a brother in there named Henry but I couldn’t be less interested in him)

Important Credits: Heartburn at age 3, The Hoax, Stop-Loss, The Good Wife, Off the Map, Emily Owens, M.D., numerous plays, all to great critical acclaim. She’s amazing, you guys. Live it, learn it, love it.

Personal Life/Fun Facts: She attended Northwestern (read: she’s a smartie). She’s married to actor Ben Walker. And she’s very pretty and cool.


Age: 26

Important Credits:  Gigantic, Larry Crowne, Smash, and the play Arcadia (I was lucky enough to see her in this one, and she completely stole the show). Upcoming role on The Newsroom. In other words, the only reason to keep watching The Newsroom.

Personal Life/Fun Facts: Graduated from Vassar (another smartie, jeez). While acting in Arcadia, she started dating her co-star, the much older Billy Crudup. I’m not sure of the current status of their relationship, but May-December issues aside, talk about a gorgeous couple!


Age: 21

Important Credits: None yet! But she will likely follow in her mother and siblings’ footsteps and become The Greatest Actress of Our Time Part 4.

Personal Life/Fun Facts: Louisa is definitely the Gummer with the least amount of information circulating the Internet. We do know that she’s gorgeous and went to Vassar like her sister, Grace.

That’s pretty much all you need to know in order to worship at the feet of these golden goddesses. It’s pretty exciting that as Meryl moves into more, ah, mature roles, her daughters are nipping at her heels, ingenues or ingenues-to-be. It’s probably too late for Meryl Streep to give birth to me, so I’ll settle for having one of the Gummer girls as my best friend instead. I’m sure this terrifyingly stalker-ish profile will only help my cause.

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