The Gilded Age is HBO’s lavish new series about the American Gilded Age, a period of robust change for the country that took place in the late 1800s. Louisa Jacobson, 30, stars as Marian Brook, who comes to live with her aunts in New York City. Despite the strict rules of her aunts, Marian seeks to ultimately pave her own way.
So, who is Louisa Jacobson? This is her first major role. However, she comes from a very famous Hollywood family and is the daughter of one of the most talented actors of our time. Get to know Louisa with our 5 key facts below:
1. Louisa is Meryl Streep’s youngest daughter.
Louisa is the daughter of Meryl Streep and Don Gummer. Her full name is Louisa Jacobson Gummer. She is the youngest of their four kids. Her older siblings include actresses Mamie and Grace Gummer and musician Henry Wolfe.
2. ‘The Gilded Age’ is her television debut.
Playing Marian Brook marks Louisa’s first television role. Prior to being cast in the HBO series, Louisa starred in plays like Romeo and Juliet at The Old Globe in San Diego. She made her professional acting debut in the 2017 Yale Repertory Theatre production of Native Son.
3. Louisa went to Yale like Meryl.
Louisa graduated from Vassar College in 2013 with a degree in psychology. She went on to graduate from the Yale School of Drama with a master of fine arts in acting. Her mother earned a master of fine arts degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1975.
4. Her ‘Gilded Age’ co-stars were like her ‘surrogate moms.’
Louisa said that working alongside Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski has been like a “TV masterclass” for her. “I had like 17 surrogate moms during filming; I just felt surrounded by this really nurturing energy, which made it much less daunting and scary,” she told Vogue. “Working with Christine and Cynthia has been like a TV masterclass, honestly. Cynthia is so involved politically, so between scenes she would be telling me about whatever campaign she was working on at that moment, and then Christine would be memorising her lines for The Good Fight while shooting for The Gilded Age.”
5. Louisa is on Instagram.
Louisa does have a verified Instagram account. She is not on Twitter. Her mom is not on social media, but she did pop up on Instagram while celebrating the premiere of The Gilded Age.
She made a cameo in Cynthia’s Instagram video alongside her daughter and fellow Gilded Age stars Denée Benton and Ben Ahlers. The post has since been deleted.