Meryl Streep on D Magazine, September 2012. After the photos you can read the translated article:
Interview: Meryl forever
Reached the third Oscar, Streep in “Hope Springs” shows that after 30 years a marriage may be young: after all, she is so.
Meryl Streep has a great desire to talk about her new film, the romantic comedy “for seniors” “Hope Springs”, directed by David Frankel, in which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones are two spouses retire, seeking to revive the also thanks to their love of a couple’s therapist (Steve Carell).
“It’s an opportunity to talk intimately about important things, common to all, but are rarely seen in the cinema (and) people of our age,” says the actress, 63 years still beautiful and in great shape.
“”Hope Springs” is our Blue Valentine,” she adds, laughing, referring to the recent film, “Love and sex”, with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. A different generation, of course, but with problems not dissimilar to those of parents and grandparents, couples and loves of long duration.
Streep knows something, 34 years married to sculptor Don Gummer, with whom she has four children (three girls and one boy, now widely adults). Three-time Oscar winner (the last one in February for “The Iron Lady”), Streep is monogamous for excellence among the stars of today. Mary Louise Streep began singing in musical school and studying: the music was her first passion. She made her debut in theater in Vermont, go to the School of Drama at Yale University, became an actress (using the disk), the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp. In ’77-78 debut on “The Deadliest Season” in video and in the miniseries “Holocaust”, in a movie “Julia” and “The Deer Hunter”. The following year she won the first Oscar, opposite Dustin Hoffman in “Kramer vs. Kramer”, 82 doubles statuette thanks to “Sophie’s Choice”. No one in the history of cinema has had many nominations as you (17): 12 is Jack Nicholson.
D: Meryl, it is true that you wanted to play in “Hope Springs” also because of Tommy Lee Jones?
A: Absolutely. Tommy Lee and I have known for a lifetime, since the beginning, we both played at the Public Theatre in New York. It was very good, I remember that in a play by Sam Shepard. And after all these years, “Hope Springs” is the first film in which we finally have proposed to work together: an opportunity not to be missed. And then no one like him can do the husband bitchy and annoyed but with a heart of gold! Tommy was also enthusiastic, generally do not offer the parts of the genre. In a sense, then, the film belongs more to him, it’s his character that changes. I instigate, the soul with my love, my desire, but that he will make the journey.
Q: Is there a lot of therapy in this film, do you think that can really help a couple?
A: It is a thing of the whole individual. I’ve seen people helped and others for whom treatment has failed. But I’m no expert.
Q: “Hope Springs” says her love scenes explicit: not embarrassed at her age?
R: I do not do neither hot nor cold, and because of my age! (Bursts out laughing, ed.) A scene is a scene of a-more, or else it makes no difference. The important thing is to be honest.
Q: What makes it even nervous, then, when acting?
A: The only time I feel nervous is when I have to make a speech in public, dressed as myself. For example, the night of the Oscars. Do not ask me to get on the podium and … be myself. Can I make speeches in the role of Margaret Thatcher, not on mine. So since I was a little girl. Not only acting I liked, but any form of entertainment, I was a cheerleader even though I had the braces and glasses. Well, not really a Jane Mansfield.
D: It was easy for you to make your way in the movies?
A: I helped my theatrical experience. Robert Benton, the director of “Kramer vs. Kramer”, I had seen him in a staged “Memory of Two Mondays” by Arthur Miller, on Broadway, and in the miniseries “Holocaust”. The specimen with Dustin Hoffman was comic and we knew we were afraid of smascherarci each other. Actress novice, as I was, it always feels a bit ‘impostor. After the success of that film were “Manhattan” and “Sophie’s Choice”. Great success. But there was always something wrong: I was not pretty enough, I had a long nose, angular face, I criticized the tendency to play characters in non-Mericans, so with foreign accents … or because I was too good! After “Silkwood” (’83) I have not suffered the torture of the specimens. is a great relief, the luxury of the actress stated.
Q: Will soon be seen in “August: Osage County”, alongside Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis. There is this?
R: I have a woman who smokes like a Turk, is drug-dependent and suffering from mouth cancer. The film is set in a house in Oklahoma, with all the blinds down, perpetually shrouded in shadow. It is taken from a play, very intense, Tracy Letts, and required the maximum contribution to us actors. But despite all his anguish, Ibsen would say, has something vital. It ends up being a hymn to life.
Q: We often talk of a sequel to “The Devil Wears Prada”. But, you will never do? She will be there?
A: The mere thought exhausts me! To play back the diabolical Miranda Pristley I get my body back on a diet and do a lot of exercise. Even the idea gives me a sense of exhaustion. In fact, maybe we’ll do it, but I prefer not to think too much! It is easier to interpret an old woman with Alzheimer’s, if you insist to know.
Q: You are the living exception to the rule that Hollywood there are no good roles for actresses of a certain age …
A: There are so give them all to me! (Again burst out laughing heartily, ed.) Seriously, today there are more women directors or screenwriters, as Vanessa Taylor, author of “Hope Springs”, and more TV roles interesting things are changing, and not just for me! Then fortune favors. At my artistic longevity was the fact of not doing the snob, to accept a bit ‘of everything, to be always prepared to change their gender or style. In a world like that film is in full development, including market forces in the field today are also women, who understand how the stories of other women, whatever age they may take, can attract the general public. And they deserve to be told.
Q: Returning for a moment to “Hope Springs”, what makes a lasting marriage?
A: As the film says, it all depends on how much you want to live. And how much you want to deal with all the problems that come with the existence, even daily. Species with a person you live with for thirty years. Ignore the fact that there are problems is the main danger for every couple. There is no easy relationship, which does not require a constant. But if there is an affinity between the spouses, as thirty years of cohabitation should provide, and there is still a little ‘joie de vivre, anything goes.
Q: But there is a secret special, particular, the longevity of her marriage to Don?
R: That’s a kind of few words. The rumor I take it all. He listens and receives. And he loves me as I am: hyperactive and eager, even at my age. He is an artist, introverted and introspective. I’m a fake artist, a mask. He is a sculptor of matter, I expressions. That is, an odd couple in its own way perfect.
Q: Is there something that he now hopes?
A: Grandchild! My daughter Mamie is married to a very nice guy (the actor Benjamin Walker, ed) and I hope that something will happen! And I’m always anxious for the next time that I expected. Someone once said that the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time and help others to make them happy, be. I firmly believe. And then I’m fine, apart from the knees. The knees are a problem, but the rest is healthy!