Acting legend Meryl Streep may have just received a record 18th Academy Award nomination, but she feels that as an older woman, society begins to devalue you as you grow older.
''I do think in our western culture your worth as a woman is devalued according to how beautiful or not great looking you are,” the 64-year-old says.
“The first thing women say to each other is, 'You look great!' That just isn't the first thing men say to each other. They say, 'How are you?' It's a cliché,” the actress adds.
And though Meryl has been married to husband Don Gummer for 35 years, she’s witnessed situations in the industry where, “the second wife comes because the first one gets old.”
Although the “August: Osage County” star never has trouble landing a role because of her age (who doesn’t want Meryl in their movie?!), she understands that her friends and even her actor daughters may feel the effects of devaluation as they continue in their careers.
“Many of my friends are nowhere near as successful [as me]. They are equally as talented, as gifted, as energetic, as hard-working, but it just hasn't hit for them,” the actress admits.
''[My daughters] know all the things that can happen, but they do it in spite of that. So I think, 'Well, hell, good for you!' ''
Though grateful for all of her success, the Oscar winner reveals that being labeled an acting legend isn’t always a good thing.
''At the first reading of anything, I do have a sense that people are watching me and not paying attention to what they're supposed to be doing sometimes,” laughs Meryl about people feeling intimidated by her.
“The first time I forget my lines or read the wrong thing, people relax.''
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