Meryl Streep Gets Lovelier and Lovelier All the Dang Time
4/22/2014 3:00 PM PDT, by Emily Trainham
If you have the power to read these words, and if you are reading them willingly, then friends, you already know what a treasure Meryl Streep is. She's so divine, she truly is, but you know what? There was a time when Meryl felt down on herself. There was a time, heaven forbid, when Meryl thought that she was "too ugly to be an actress." Can you imagine the sad, sorry state the world would be in if that was even remotely the case?
Let's read more Meryl awesomeness now, shall we?
On how she started acting:
"I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress. Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren't fabulous then. Many of my friends woke up at 3 years of age and said, 'I have to be on stage.' I never had that. I've always been an omnivore, interested in way too many things, but I found the one profession that fed all my appetites."
On being an older woman in the industry:
"When I was 40, I was offered three witches in one summer. And I thought, 'OK, this is it. You turn 40, and oh my god.' The only reason I have a career at 64 is that I've had hits later in life. I've found that once certain movies are out, audiences aren't so age-phobic. They were willing, and they were happy."
Her advice for young actors and actresses:
"For young women, I would say, don't worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that's your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now I don't. It's OK."
Can we make Meryl Streep the official queen of the universe now? Do we take a vote, or how does that happen? Let's get on it.