My Dear Meryl
June 22, 2010
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It may come as a shock to you that I am a Meryl Streep fan. I’m a serious fan! So serious that I am dedicating thisentire blog to the actress on her 61st birthday. So serious that she was the only American actress I was hoping to get cast in a Harry Potter film despite loving the Brits-only policy!
Streep is an icon of American film and the most celebrated actress since Katherine Hepburn, but it is her humanity and humility that I find compelling. It is not an easy task to imagine the woman who has had the most nominations of anyone in every category ever can show such traits, but these traits are what have made her such an amazingly acclaimed actress. Streep’s ability to find the core of her characters and play them with respect and dignity is what makes her so compelling. Many critics point to her accent work and her movement as mimcry rather than craft, but they have not watched her eyes during these performances. The subtle, powerful and emotive changes Streep can manifest with her eyes are the real reason she is beloved.
Aside from Streep’s acting prowess, I find her outspoken feminism to be one of her most commendable attributes. She is openly defiant of the misogyny of Hollywood and has taken the deal makers to task.
Here are a few facts that you should all know.
She is5’6″ tall, which means she is tall enough to be on the next season of ANTM. Tyra should pay attention.
She was born and grew up in New Jersey, thus proving that New Jersey is one of the greatest places ever.
She is one of the few women for whom I would go straight. It probably won’t happen, but the door remains open.
She had originally planned to go to law school, but slept in on the day of her interview. If she had learned how to use an alarm or wake up call, she would most likely be nominated or on the Supreme Court now. In fact, Obama really should replace this Kagan character with Streep.
She was a cheerleader and a Homecoming Queen in high school. This does not mean that she was a mean girl, but let’s face it…she might have been.