Meryl Streep stepped in front of reporters in the press room following her big win for The Iron Lady at this evening's show. After playing a large span of characters over the course of her career, Meryl spoke about her favorite roles to play and what inspires her most. Check it out!
Meryl Streep stepped into the Golden Globes press room following her big win for The Iron Lady during this evening's show. On stage she couldn't give the speech she had planned since she forgot her glasses at the table, and while she almost gave it to the press room instead, she refrained. Instead, Meryl talked about women who inspire her, taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher, and what she's working on now. Check it out:
On what she would ask Margaret Thatcher: I would be interested in what she thinks about Europe right now and the debt crisis and whether her views about any of that have evolved. It's interesting how it's coming to the same path. It interests me.
On taking on the role: Coming into this I had a very reductive view of Margret Thatcher. I did what we all do to political leaders we don’t agree with, turning them into something more than human and less than human at the same time. It was interesting to me to look at the human being behind all that, to look at the life that was so groundbreaking, in the winter of that life. To find a compassionate view of someone with whom I disagree.
On what inspires her: I’ve never really gotten to the bottom of me and all the contradictions and conundrum that I find in my own personality and I feel like I find myself, or parts of myself, and I find some understanding of being alive from the characters I play. I’ve probably only gravitated towards characters I do feel something of me in.
What is your passion project right now: I’m very interested in the stories of women, the untold stories, and I’m trying very hard to get congress to let us purchase land on the National Mall for the first women's museum. There are so many stories, I could go on for hours.
Hollywood's finest continued the award season fun at the annual BAFTA Tea Party at the Four Seasons in LA this afternoon. Michelle Williams, who wore a dress by Victoria Beckham, stopped for photos as she arrived, as did Evan Rachel Wood, Chloe Moretz, and Shailene Woodley. Leonardo DiCaprio chatted with Meryl Streep inside the event while Charlize Theron, in Stella McCartney, posed alongside Octavia Spencer. The excitement will continue at tomorrow's Golden Globes, where many of today's attendees are nominated. We can't wait to see the stars hit the red carpet and take the stage, including presenters Jessica Alba, Emily Blunt, Nicole Kidman, and Channing Tatum. Make sure to fill out your Golden Globes ballot for a chance to win big and check back tomorrow for all the action.
Love or hate Margaret Thatcher's conservative politics, you can't deny her life story is intriguing. Meryl Streep's performance as the UK's only female prime minister in The Iron Lady has rightfully garnered award season buzz. Through flashbacks and scenes in the present day, Meryl brings to life a woman at the height of power and in the depths of grief. Here are four reasons any strong woman should watch the film about the lady with an iron will.
- It's honest about aging. I thought The Iron Lady would spend most of its time back in the 1980s. So I was surprised to see how much of the film focused on modern-day Margaret Thatcher, who is dealing with what appears to be dementia, grief, and irrelevance in modern society. Juxtaposing Margaret at her prime and then in her older age demonstrates that she's lived a full life with many highs. But it also makes you reflect on the inevitability of aging. Our lives can be filled with success and a great romance, but The Iron Lady offers young women an insightful peek at the melancholic chapter of life that comes after that. It gives the audience an elderly woman we can empathize with, not just a grandma caricature.
- There's an unusual love story. Unlike the typical relationship dynamic we see in movies or TV, in The Iron Lady the woman is the power player in the relationship. Margaret Thatcher's husband takes backseat to her career, and during her prime minster days we see her struggle to make time for her relationship and give her devoted husband more attention. When the film flashes forward to present day, it deals with Margaret Thatcher's horrifying grief and denial over her husband's passing. Meryl Streep's performance as an older woman longing for her beloved husband will help you relate to a grandparent, parent, or anyone else who has lost a partner.
- Femininity is an asset. In The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher breaks down gender barriers to become Britain's first woman prime minister. But while she take lessons to make her voice sound more authoritative, she insists that keeping her pearls is non-negotiable. It seems Margaret Thatcher knew women had assets men don't posses. For example, in one scene she uses shared motherhood to connect with mothers who had lost their sons at war. As Margaret writes a letter, she notes she is the only PM in history who is a mother with a son, assuring the grieving mother that she can truly imagine her pain.
- It's an important moment in history. Margaret Thatcher witnessed views about a woman's role broaden dramatically in her lifetime and helped changed perceptions, too. Starting with a fresh-faced Maggie eager to go to Oxford, The Iron Lady tells the story of a woman with ambitious goals, and the entrenched and sexiest biases she must overcome to accomplish them. In the film, Margaret says "one's life must matter" — and she means that for both men and women.
"No one has ever asked an actor, 'You're playing a strong-minded man," Meryl Streep pointed out on 60 Minutes last night. "We assume that men are strong-minded, or have opinions. But a strong-minded woman is a different animal." With this response to the observation that she often portrays determined women, it became clear that Meryl Streep has something in common with former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the woman she embodies in her latest film. They both are not satisfied with traditional labels and double standards applied to women. In last night's wide-ranging interview, Meryl discussed everything from that buzz-worthy role in Iron Lady to her role in helping build a National Women's History Museum in DC. Watch a clip below if you need another reason to love her.
Meryl Streep wore Stella McCartney to welcome friends and family to the NYC premiere of her Iron Lady last night. Her Devil Wears Prada pal Anne Hathaway brought fiancé Adam Shulman to the screening, with Hathaway showing off her brand-new diamond. Anne Hathaway's engagement ring apparently is worth a whopping $150,000, according to Kwiat, the company who made it. The brand's founder recently commented that Adam was aiming for a "beautiful, timeless, and special" look when designing the piece. Olivia Wilde also stepped out in a long-sleeved Dolce & Gabbana number. Adam, Anne, Meryl, and company kept the party going with an after-hours bash at the Royalton Hotel.
Meryl woke this morning to the great news that she picked up a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for her role as Margaret Thatcher — check out the full list of 2012 SAG Awards nominees! She's up in the best actress category vs. Albert Nobbs's Glenn Close, The Help's Viola Davis, We Need To Talk About Kevin's Tilda Swinton, and My Week With Marilyn's Michelle Williams. We'll find out tomorrow a.m. if Meryl and her competitors also pick up nods from the Golden Globes, too!
This year's Kennedy Center Honorees were in the company of many celebrities on Saturday night in Washington DC. Meryl Streep was one of the five people receiving the nation's highest arts honor, along with Yo-Yo Ma, Neil Diamond, saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and singer Barbara Cook. The President and First Lady, who wore a custom Vera Wang, joined Matthew Broderick, a Theyskens’s Theory-clad Sarah Jessica Parker, John Krasinski, and Emily Blunt for the party. Emily stood out in a bold Notte by Marchesa number, while her sister, Felicity Blunt, wore black to accompany fiancé Stanley Tucci.
Stanley, Emily, and Anne Hathaway completed a Devil Wears Prada foursome with Meryl! Anne brought along her husband-to-be Adam Shulman. She wore a simple black Giambattista Valli that let her new rock shine. Anne's engagement ring made its debut last week, when she and Adam went public with their happy news.
The first glimpse we had at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher was very brief, but the full trailer for The Iron Lady fully introduces us to Streep as Britain's first female prime minister. The preview follows Thatcher in her career struggles, makeovers and all, and we also get to see behind the scenes of Thatcher's personal life. Jim Broadbent plays her husband Denis, who gives her as much criticism as support.
While the film looks like it follows a standard biopic formula, I'm always eager to see another Meryl transformation. Her acting appears to be as superior as always, and there were even times during the trailer that I forgot who I was watching. The Iron Lady will be released on Dec. 30, but watch the trailer now after the jump.
We all oohed and ahhed over the first photo of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, but now we've got a full-on impression to dissect. The first trailer for The Iron Lady is a brief but satisfying first glimpse of Streep's impersonation of the former British prime minister. The movie is set to hit theaters in December, the perfect time for the historical drama to be waved under the noses of Oscar voters.
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