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In 2011 she was a regular on “Off the Map,” a short-lived ABC drama where she played a doctor at a medical clinic in a South American jungle.

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,” she reports, “over there at the Gummer household.”

But then the conversation inevitably comes around to this central question: What led Mamie 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, `Oh, s–! 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 goes on. “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?”

Most everyone will recognize something of themselves in Emily Owens. The basic premise of the show is by no means groundbreaking (this fall, the time-honored medical genre is adding no fewer than three series about women doctors). But Gummer demonstrates a special, winsome appeal as Dr. Owens. And alongside a supporting cast that includes Michael Rady, Justin Hartley, Aja Naomi King, Kelly McCreary and Necar Zadegan, she appears in nearly every scene.

“I wasn’t prepared for the workload,” she concedes. “I’m grateful for it, but with acting, it’s always feast or famine and, right now, I feel like I’m GORGING.”

She readily admits she shares some of Emily’s traits, including insecurity about her looks.

“Of course! Are you INSANE!?” she yelps incredulously when asked. “My eyes are too small and they’re too close together and I have a pointy nose. But who cares? Who cares?!”

Well, it sounds like Gummer cares.

But she insists not so much anymore.

“I married a man who makes me feel beautiful, all the time,” she explains, meaning actor Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”), whom she met in “Les liaisons dangereuses” and wed a year ago.

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