"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.
Parts for older women in Hollywood may be scarce, but there is one actress who's completely bulletproof: Meryl Streep. The Oscar winner is reportedly in talks for yet another award-worthy role, as Margaret Thatcher. Titled Iron Lady, the biopic will follow the former British prime minister in the days right before the 1982 Falklands War. It's described as "the story of a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world." Rawr!
Streep's Mamma Mia director Phyllida Lloyd is in discussions to helm the film. Something tells me we shouldn't expect the same level of silliness this time around.