Last night Meryl Streep added to her enormous collection of awards by winning the best actress Golden Globe for her portrayal of famed British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She even shock-horror swore as she couldn’t read the speech she had prepared: “I can’t believe I said [that] on TV. I never do anything like that!”
Streep has opened up on the research required to play Margaret Thatcher: “I think coming into this I had a very reductive view of Margaret Thatcher, so I sort of did what we all do to political figures we don’t agree with — we turn them into something more than human and less than human at the same time. And it was interesting to look at the human being behind the headlines … in the winter of that life and to have a compassionate view of someone with whom I disagree.”
The great actress admitted that the role had helped her to see her own character in a truer light: “I’ve never really gotten to the bottom of me and all the contradictions I find in my own personality, and I feel like I find myself and parts of myself … through the characters that I play.” Long may she reign.
Meryl Streep has received 28 Golden Globe nominations and has won 8, for movies including The Devil Wears Prada and Sophie’s Choice. She has also won 2 Academy Awards and will be hoping to bag another one for her role in The Iron Lady.
Source: L.A. Times