Meryl Streep About the Evolution of Beauty in the Film Industry
The 18 times academy award nominated actress American Meryl Streep, who started her career on screen in 1977 and have been going stronger than ever since the 21st century kicked in talks, on this blank on blank PBS video, about the challenges coming with becoming a “movie star”. If you are not familiar with Streep’s career, it is important to know that after decades of doing great films, being nominated and winning prestigious award on a regular basis, Streep went through difficult years at the end of the 90s, being offered minor and secondary roles, as she was aging.
A strike of brilliant (Adaptation, The Hours) and/or commercially successful films (The Devil Wears Prada, Mamamia) put her back in grace in the Studios eyes at the beginning of 2000, when she was passed 50+, an age where female actresses are usually done and gone. Considered today as one of the greatest american actress, Streep’s career and attitude has helped changing (a bit) this Hollywood mindset by working steadily on projects as various as they were different, by consistently “winning Gold” and, almost most importantly, by staying herself, which means wearing her own clothes on most press interviews, and caring more about the job than the shine that surrounds it.
In the short video below, Meryl Streep talks genuinely about her beginning as an actress with an unconventional beauty, being qualified as ugly in Italian by Dino DeLaurentiis in her face during a casting (Streep speaks Italian), and how times have changed, and being a successful actress means a whole set of expectations in terms of appearance.
Watch the full video (4 min) below: