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Polished Edge: Mamie Gummer of ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’ on The CW
Q: How do you view balancing the serious and the humorous as the title character in “Emily Owens, M.D.”?
A: I think that maybe at least I sound like I know what I’m talking about, which is basically all I do when I’m spitting out that medical jargon, but I also hope to be funny. Comedy is so hard. Every time I try to be funny, it doesn’t work, but Emily has the best of intentions and just works so hard, she keeps slipping on banana peels.
Q: Did your previous work on such shows as “Off the Map” and “The Good Wife” make you want to try series work again?
A: Yes, definitely ... and a hospital is a really good theater, in the sense that you’re coming in and catching people at critical moments in their lives. I also trust Jennie (Snyder Urman, the creator and executive producer of “Emily Owens, M.D.”) to take care of us. She doesn’t make things too obvious, which I like.
Q: How is it to be making the show in Vancouver, quite a distance away from your New York-based relatives who include mom Meryl Streep and husband Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”)?
A: I’m really embracing the adventure. It’s such a beautiful city, and I’m happy to get a break from New York, honestly.
It’s also good because you can really focus on your work. I think it’s harder when you’re shooting somewhere where you’re pulled in a lot of directions.
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