LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer is set to star in a television drama about the chaotic life of being a Hollywood “It” kid, marking Gummer’s first big break into the acting industry.
Gummer, 23, will play a 17 year-old daughter of a famous celebrity couple in “Gigantic” a fictional series for TeenNick described as a coming-of-age story among the Los Angeles elite that skewers star-making promotional machinery, Nickelodeon said on Wednesday.
Actor Joe Mantegna’s daughter Gia, 19, who grew up in Los Angeles, will also star in the series, which is set to premiere on youth-oriented TeenNick in early 2010.
“Our audience loves celebrity and pop culture, and Gigantic gives them a unique, relatable teen perspective on a world they rarely get to see,” said Marjorie Cohn an executive vice president at Nickelodeon.
Gummer is the third of Oscar-winner Streep’s four children with husband Don Gummer. Streep, who lives in New York, has largely kept her children out of the celebrity spotlight, but Grace appeared on the New York stage in November 2008 in a dark comedy called “The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents”.
Her older sister Mamie Gummer, 26, had small roles in the 2009 film “Taking Woodstock” and HBO mini-series “John Adams.”
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte