Belfast Telegraph

Streep's nerves over August reading

Meryl Streep has revealed she got nervous when she attended a read-through for August: Osage County.

Cast members such as Meryl, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch were joined at the read-through by playwright Tracy Letts, who wrote the original Pulitzer Prize-winning play, and producer George Clooney.

Despite having over 30 years' experience on the big and small screens, as well as on stage, Mery admitted: "The table reading was, yeah, a kick. I had never met Tracy Letts. I adore actors but I am always in awe of writers and most scared of them, and disappointing them, certainly in the first read.

The 64-year-old continued: "Here was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and I was about to mangle his creation. We all felt that. Plus the first table read was with Sam Shepard, who's playing my husband, and it was another writer that I admire. So there was a lot to be nervous about."

Meryl - who has received her 18th Oscar nomination for her portrayal of cancer sufferer and drug-addled matriarch Violet Weston in John Wells' film - revealed she didn't have to look too far for her research into the role.

"Sadly, I have friends who've had cancer and I have friends who were having chemo, and I checked in with them about what that felt like," she said.

"I have friends who are drug addicts and I witnessed people trying not to do drugs and not being able to, and people being their worst selves because of drugs."

The three-time Oscar winner added: "So it was a horrible little hot-ball of burning lead that I carried around in my stomach for a while, but there is also great pleasure in knowing it's fiction. You can close the door on it at the end of the day. "

:: August: Osage County is in cinemas now.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph