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Now, a doctor again, she’s stepping front and center as the star of her own series.

Yes, her mom has seen it. Her father, too.

“They’re big ‘Emily Owens‘ fans over there at the Gummer household,” she says.

But then the conversation inevitably comes around to this central question: What led Miss Gummer to step into a field where her mother plays such a commanding role?

“It didn’t really occur to me that I shouldn’t,” she replies. “I don’t know if I was delusional.”

She studied theater at Northwestern University, “where I had the support of my friends and fellow actors as we were all coming up together. It wasn’t until I graduated and entered the field professionally that I went, ‘I should have considered that!’ But by then it was too late, and I’m a stubborn person.

“Besides, acting is really fun and deeply gratifying,” she continues. “When I was younger, it was more of a ‘look-at-me’ kind of endeavor. But as an actor goes deeper, it becomes ‘look at me and see you’: What can I reveal about you, the audience, that you recognize?”