An actor becomes a hero only if he/she does something extraordinary when the cameras aren’t rolling. To become that, you need more talent than, “crying on cue”. Meryl Streep is one such lady, who has time and again proved that you need balls of steel to be a real-life hero, the reason why millions of girls around the world look up to her.
I may as well, just start listing all of her performances, because I feel a loss of words. My favorites include Miranda Priestly in the Devil Wears Prada and the Witch in Into The Woods. Whether it is a fictional character or a real-life inspired one, she nails it down to a tee. Remaking any of these iconic roles would be a blunder in the history of movie-making.
Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated 19 times since her first nomination in 1979 for her performance in The Deer Hunter, having won three. She has a total of 32 GOLDEN GLOBES nominations and has won 9 of them. Streep has received 14 BAFTA nominations and 2 wins. Just try and google the number of awards, you might lose count.
The Real-Life Hero
Her recent takedown of President-elect Donald Trump and his policies during the Golden Globes Awards 2017 speech, is an example that no one should stay mum about powerful people who get away with doing anything. As she says,” When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose,” and we couldn’t agree more. Amongst others, she has helped to fund a workshop for female writers, The Writers Lab, highlighting the campaign of equal pay for women by Patricia Arquette. There is a reason why she is a role-model for all, from fellow actors to a regular middle-class office goer.
It is no surprise, that every time she speaks the whole world listens. She inspires one to be themselves and be loud to be heard,thus being a lady class apart. Standing up for woman issues as she puts it in her speech at the 2016 Women in the World Summit, “You could make a case that, along with the technological revolution, the most provocative upending destabilising thrilling change in the course of human history is that we’re finally in it. … We’re here now, women are in the world, and we will not be bullied.”
At different occasions, I notice in Meryl Streep, the power of Miranda Priestly, the wildness of Susan Orlean, and the fierceness of Margaret Thatcher. Needless to say, I love her. Thank you Meryl Streep. In you I see everything a woman should/could be.