That other person is Dominique DiPierro, an FBI agent from New Jersey who is hunting for a group of hackers led by series star Rami Malek. “That’s my mission as the show starts,” she says. “I’m determined to find all the answers and bring them to justice.” The weirdest part of getting into character for Gummer—who prefers vintage outfits she picks up at Assembly or Maryam Nassir Zadeh rather than showier designers—was plying on the makeup and business casual to play DiPierro. For her audition, she caked on eye makeup, blow-dried her hair and stacked it up high, like Melanie Griffith getting off the Staten Island Ferry in Working Girl.
As for mastering her character’s regional accent, Gummer prepared by watching one of her favorite shows: The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She’s a big fan of the franchise in general, and felt a little bit guilty bingeing as preparation until her dialect coach told her to watch that very show to work on her speech. “I was like, ‘Homework? I’ve already done it!’” What Gummer did not do was seek help from her mother—who happens to be a master of accents herself—Meryl Streep.
Gummer was raised in Connecticut in what she describes as “the country” with her mother, her father (artist Don Gummer), and her three siblings. She went to Vassar College, her mother’s alma mater, and majored in art history and Italian, though she spent a lot of time in the theater department directing, setting the lights, and doing all the odd jobs that drama nerds in underfunded departments cherish. “We did a production of The Seagull and I played Nina, and that was one of the first times I was like, ‘Oh, this is really fun. Maybe I’m good at this?’” she says. “But I graduated thinking I wasn’t going to do anything at all because I spent all my time in college in the theater and not enough time doing my homework.”
Jacket by Current/Elliot, top and pants by Breelayne, sneakers by Gola.