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Why We Love Meryl Streep

"By all means, move at a glacial pace"
Rebecca Hooton
22 Jun
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We don’t usually think it matters what age a woman is, but in this case, with Meryl Streep turning 69 this year, we feel it’s pretty freakin’ mentionable.

Why? Well, Hollywood isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with roles for women of all ages (although Meryl has said that “it’s getting better”). So the fact that M-Streep is set to appear in the next season of our fave show, Big Little Lies, is pretty darn exciting.

The original cast, including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern, have welcomed Meryl into the squad with open arms - they were even seen bonding with the acting legend over bowling.

As she celebrates her birthday, we can’t think of a better excuse to look back at some of the most epic things about Meryl Streep.

She’s a mum making it work

She has four children with husband Don Gummer, but just because she works in Hollywood, doesn’t mean the juggle was easy. “When the children were younger, I would try to take jobs that would only take me away for two weeks. I remember when I made Dancing At Lughnasa in 1998, I got a promise from the production company that that was what it would be,” she told Daily Mail UK. “I got to the location and worked for two weeks, then two weeks turned to three, and then when we were heading into the fourth week Don had to bring all the kids over to Ireland so I could see them! I was spitting furious. It taught me that before you sign on to a film, get everything in writing and make sure the studio signs it!”

News
|22 Jun|4 mins

Why We Love Meryl Streep

"By all means, move at a glacial pace"
Rebecca Hooton
22 Jun
Share:

We don’t usually think it matters what age a woman is, but in this case, with Meryl Streep turning 69 this year, we feel it’s pretty freakin’ mentionable.

Why? Well, Hollywood isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with roles for women of all ages (although Meryl has said that “it’s getting better”). So the fact that M-Streep is set to appear in the next season of our fave show, Big Little Lies, is pretty darn exciting.

The original cast, including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern, have welcomed Meryl into the squad with open arms - they were even seen bonding with the acting legend over bowling.

As she celebrates her birthday, we can’t think of a better excuse to look back at some of the most epic things about Meryl Streep.

She’s a mum making it work

She has four children with husband Don Gummer, but just because she works in Hollywood, doesn’t mean the juggle was easy. “When the children were younger, I would try to take jobs that would only take me away for two weeks. I remember when I made Dancing At Lughnasa in 1998, I got a promise from the production company that that was what it would be,” she told Daily Mail UK. “I got to the location and worked for two weeks, then two weeks turned to three, and then when we were heading into the fourth week Don had to bring all the kids over to Ireland so I could see them! I was spitting furious. It taught me that before you sign on to a film, get everything in writing and make sure the studio signs it!”

Big Little Lies via @reesewitherspoon

Mez has yo’ back, Carey Mulligan

Actress Carey Mulligan had just given birth to her baby Evelyn five weeks before doing promotion for the movie Suffragette, which she stars in along with Meryl Streep. Carey told E News that she was finding it “pretty stressful”, but her colleague had it covered: “It's really helpful when you have Meryl Streep backstage at events shouting at people on your behalf, telling them to hurry the hell up because you have a nursing mother here.”

Meryl Streep & Reese Witherspoon. Image via @reesewitherspoon

She's been adopted by the LGBTQI community

Remember that freaky movie she was in with Goldie Hawn called Death Becomes Her? They played vain women who took a beauty serum and were hell-bent on taking each other out, complete with crazy special effects.

Yeah, well apparently at the time it was ripped apart by critics, and made only $58 million after spending a $55 million budget, but according to Vanity Fair it’s gone on to become a cult classic among the queer community.

The characters Madeline and Helen have inspired cosplay and drag performances, and even a runway challenge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ladies, start your engines.

Calling out Trump

When she accepted her Cecil B.DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2017, rather than talk about herself, she used her platform to bring attention to an important topic to the world and the future of humanity. She called out Trump for the way he was conducting himself as a person in a position of such power and influence, saying: “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” Meryl for President.

She brought us Miranda Priestly

Of course, she’s had so many amazing roles, but still 10 years after it launched, one of our favourites has to be her take on the editor-in-chief of Runway magazine, Miranda Priestly, in The Devil Wears Prada.

Meryl brought depth to what could have otherwise been a very one-dimensional female villain, and Vanity Fair reports that she spent five hours going over the script with the writers before embodying the part.

She apparently pulled traits from people she knew, including Clint Eastwood’s soft way of speaking (eerily scary). Oh, and the dialogue about Andy’s lumpy blue sweater, where Miranda details the fashion history of that specific shade of “cerulean”? All made up, apparently. Could have fooled us.

We love you Mez.

Take inspiration from the legend, from Miranda Priestly to her flawless red carpet looks and upgrade your wardrobe.

Rebecca Hooton
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