Trivia / Meryl Streep

  • Ability over Appearance: A lot of directors remarked that they nearly turned Meryl down for many roles because they felt she wasn't beautiful enough - but her performances were just so good that she was a perfect fit. Such films include Out of Africanote , Sophie's Choicenote  and The French Lieutenant's Woman (in which Meryl herself felt she wasn't pretty enough).
  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Meryl suggested a change from Miranda Priestly's line in The Devil Wears Prada - "everyone wants to be me" to "everyone wants to be us" - finding the former too dramatic.
    • Meryl also felt that Joanna in Kramer vs. Kramer was written to be "too evil" in the script. The writers agreed, and Joanna become far more sympathetic.
    • Her character in Death Becomes Her was scripted to have an affair with a younger man, but she suggested a rewrite.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
    • Meryl has it as a rule that she won't play witches in filmsnote  but agreed to play one in Into the Woods because it was a Stephen Sondheim musical.
    • She provided the narration for the film Monet's Palate because she was a fan of Claude Monet's artwork.
    • Rendition was also this for her. She signed on at once, since she was rarely offered scripts for political thrillers.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Silkwood is the film where she goes topless, as Seth McFarlane highlighted in the infamous "We Saw Your Boobs" number at the Oscars.
  • The Cameo: As herself in Stuck On You.
  • Career Resurrection: Believe it or not, Meryl did suffer some setbacks in the early 90s. Hype Backlash set in and she longed to go against type and do more comedies. None of them did particularly well. The Bridges of Madison County was regarded as a return to prominence for her. Some critics also cite Mamma Mia! as a high point - since it grossed $600 million worldwide, many of them remarking "the greatest actress in American movies has finally become a movie star."
  • Creator Backlash: The one performance she wasn't happy with was The French Lieutenant's Woman.
    "I didn't feel I was living it. I just wanted to do something better after the fact."
  • Deleted Role: Her role in Julia was heavily cut down, with many scenes deleted. But she still ended up as a One-Scene Wonder.
  • Dye Hard: Was a brunette early in her career but is better known as a blonde these days.
  • Enforced Method Acting: On the first day filming The Devil Wears Prada, she told Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt that she was so happy they would be working together - and to remember that, because it would be the last nice thing she said. Meryl kept her distance from the rest of the cast during filming, feeling that she couldn't properly "chill the blood" on camera if she was constantly around them.
  • Fake Nationality: She has proved quite adept at mastering numerous accents. They include English (The Iron Lady, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Plenty), Irish (Dancing At Lughnasa), Danish (Out of Africa), Australian (Cry in the Dark), Polish (Sophie's Choice), Italian (The Bridges of Madison County) and German (the miniseries Holocaust).
  • Money, Dear Boy: Admits that she took a role in the miniseries Holocaust primarily for the money.
  • Old Shame: Still Of The Night. That Other Wiki has an article about it, this one doesn't.
  • Playing Against Type: While she has plenty of range to avoid typecasting, she's normally associated with serious emotional dramas, and a movie is automatically considered Oscar Bait if she's in it. The films she's been in that don't conform to that:
  • Real-Life Relative: She's starred alongside her daughter Mamie Gummer in Evening and Ricki and the Flash (where they play mother and daughter).
  • So My Kids Can Watch:
    • Her youngest daughter was a big fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and that's why she played Aunt Josephine.
    • She guest starred on The Simpsons for this reason too. Nancy Cartwright recalls Meryl coming up to her and saying "my kids haven't watched many of my films, but I'm sure they'll watch this. Can I have your autograph?"
  • Star-Making Role: A very quick process, with both The Deer Hunter and Kramer vs. Kramer bringing her to national attention. But it was Sophie's Choice and the Oscar win that really solidified Meryl as a star.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • She auditioned for the role of Dwan in King Kong (1976), but producer Dino De Laurentiis turned her down because he thought she wasn't beautiful enough. Fellow unknown Jessica Lange got the part instead.
    • The original author wrote Sophie's Choice with Ursula Andress in mind for the lead. Meryl however lobbied hard for the part, and the rest is history.
    • She replaced Madonna in the lead of Music of the Heart.

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