ONE OF HOLLYWOOD’S brightest new stars strolls into the cookie shop across from her Brooklyn apartment with a warm smile, arms outstretched. She’s casually dressed for the humid summer afternoon in crisp head-to-toe white, which accentuates her striking blue eyes against long rust-colored locks, dyed for her role in the cyber-thriller series Mr. Robot.
Over tea, the actress, Grace Gummer, is friendly and totally at ease—a far cry, she says, from earlier in the week, when she stepped into the role of fashion model for a Bazaar shoot to celebrate Women in Film, a nonprofit organization that promotes equal opportunities for women in the entertainment industry.
“I really understand why supermodels are paid a gazillion dollars,” says Gummer, 31. “It’s 95 degrees, and I’m wearing wool pants and cashmere sweaters, cars coming in every direction, and the photographer is like, ‘Smile, okay, back, front, turn around, and hop in the air.’”
Modeling may be out of the ordinary for her, but playing a character comes far more easily. The actress portrays the brash FBI field agent Dominique “Dom” DiPierro in Mr. Robot, which starts its third season on the USA Network this month. To prep for the part, Gummer shadowed real FBI agents, and