MERYL STREEP INTERVIEW: ‘There Is Word Of A Mamma Mia Sequel’
With countless classics such as Out of Africa and Kramer Vs. Kramer adorning her filmography, acting goddess Meryl Streep has recently found success with younger audiences due to her turns in Mamma Mia! and The Devil Wears Prada. This month, she returns to serious drama with Doubt, playing a Nun who suspects a priest of abusing a child. The acting legend talks to Entertainmentwise about her 15th Oscar nomination, wearing no make-up and a certain sequel on the horizon…
ENTERTAINMENTWISE: What was it in particular about Doubt that spoke to you?
MERYL STREEP: I just thought it was a great, great play, but I never thought it was going to be made into a movie. Then some time later John (Patrick Shanley, director) called and said ‘let’s have lunch and talk about it’. He explained he wanted his own, new cast and I thought ‘I’d really like a crack at this’…People have drawn parallels between this and my role in ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, and Miranda Priestly in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. They are similar in that they are women in power, and dragons of a sort. I think we’re still accommodating ourselves to this idea of women leaders. We’re still very uncomfortable with it.
EW: What’s your feelings about being nominated for both an Oscar and Bafta, and facing Kate Winslet twice?
MS: As you can imagine, all day this has come up! I just have to say it’s so much more fun to have to publicise a film in July, because you talk about the film, you don’t talk about ‘the horse race’. It’s almost like a different thing altogether, because there’s all the marketing…it’s a political thing. Having said that, I think Kate Winslet is great, I’m glad she wasn’t in three movies this year! (laughs).
EW: You play a nun in the film, how was the experience of wearing no make-up on set?
MS: The really freeing thing about playing these nuns is that you throw away everything that women normally throw a great number of hours of the day on. What you’re wearing, how your hair is, how your face looks, everything is gone. It’s probably the way we should be, instead of wasting a lot of time on things that get you ahead in the world.
EW: You’ve played a lot of memorable characters throughout your career, are there any you would like to revisit?
MS: I never even imagined revisiting any of those roles, although (whispers) there is word of a sequel to ‘Mamma Mia!’, you might be inflicted with that one again!
EW: Finally, given Kate Winslet’s emotions at the Golden Globes, do you have any tips for this year’s winners?
MS: You mean assuming that I won’t be one? (laughs) I don’t have any tips, you’re out of your own body at that moment they call your name, so I think everybody makes a fool of themselves in their own way! It’s hard to manage your emotions at that moment.