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Meryl Streep: 'I'm available for a TV role!'

Published 27/04/2016

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep encouraged her children to "study math, science and get a real job" rather than follow her into acting.

Meryl Streep is keen to make a move from movies into television.

The 66-year-old actress has had several cameo roles in appearances on the small screen, in shows such as Angels in America and Web Therapy. But with more and more incredible television series being written, Meryl has set her sights on a lead in a TV show.

"I wish they would spread out more parts for more women of my age because I would like to see them - not just the ones I’m in, I’d like to see other films," Meryl admitted during an interview on British show Lorraine on Wednesday (27Apr16).

"I do (think it’s getting better), especially in television. In television, first of all the writing is so fantastic and there’s that opportunity to do the long form, almost the novel when comparing film to television."

When Lorraine asked if a TV role if something she'd be interested in, Meryl replied: "Oh sure, yes, if anybody has any ideas! I’m currently available."

The Oscar-winning actress can next be seen in comedy movie Florence Foster Jenkins, in which she stars alongside Hugh Grant. Hugh plays St Clair Bayfield, the husband of Florence - a New York socialite who mistakenly believes she is a talented singer. Bayfield encourages his spouse in her pursuit of singing, even paying off critics to say she was amazing on stage rather than terrible. It's this relationship that attracted Meryl to the script, and she believes their treatment of each other is the example of a perfect relationship.

"It's the way that love is an illusion itself, the way love is a supporting delusion in a way, to allow people to believe they are at their best. That’s what we hope for our partners, that they are at the best. We see the other parts but we choose not to," Meryl, who has been married to husband Don Gummer since 1978, added.

The pair has four children together; Grace and Mamie, both actresses, Louisa, a model, and Henry, a singer and actor. Despite her offspring's creative career choices, Meryl admits she encouraged them to pursue a very different line of work initially.

"I was the kind of mother who said study math and science and get a real job so you can support me in my old age," she laughed. "But no-one listened to me and people do what they love."

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