Meryl Streep onstage at the 2002 GQ Men of The Year Awards. The event was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. October 16, 2002  Photo by Frank Micelottait: Doug Meszler / WENN
Meryl Streep onstage at the 2002 GQ Men of The Year Awards. The event was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. October 16, 2002 Photo by Frank Micelottait: Doug Meszler / WENN
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05.11. Meryl Streep at the University of Texas

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Asked by a University of Texas student whether she ever foresaw an acting career crowned by more than 100 major awards, Meryl Streep cackled.
“This is so sick,” Streep said to more than 400 film and theater students at the Payne Theatre on Friday.

Then she explained how, in acting class, she was directed to picture something that would make her cry on stage. She refused to think of anyone in her family dying, so “I suddenly imagined I was the most famous actress in the world, and really, really old — 45. And I’m on stage at the Academy Awards, announcing my retirement — because I was so old.”

Streep, dressed in dark slacks, loose jacket and colorful scarf, reassured the adoring crowd that she had no intention of retiring. (She is 61.)

The star spoke to the university crowd at the invitation of her friend from Yale Drama School days, Fran Dorn, a distinguished Austin actor, teacher and wife of former LBJ School of Public Affairs director Edwin Dorn.

The former Yale classmates kidded each other harmlessly, leaving most of the afternoon to questions from nervous, enthusiastic students. While speaking to the rapt audience, Streep curled into an armchair atop an oval rug, next to a small table holding flowers and bottled water.

Early on, when a male theater professor wandered on stage by accident, Streep quipped: “It’s the theater department. I feel so at home.”

Streep talked about preparing to play Margaret Thatcher for a future film (“I think it’s going to be fun.”) and performing in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” (“He is one of our greatest playwrights ever. He has an actor’s soul.”).

Her early inspirations included titanic stage actresses such as Irene Worth, Colleen Dewhurst and, unexpectedly, singer Liza Minnelli (“There’s selling it, too.”)

For success, Streep counseled reliability, hard work and high standards. She wished out loud she hadn’t worry so much about her weight, admitting, however: “It pays off on the red carpet.”

When asked about efforts to promote diversity in casting and representation, Streep said that, even within races, every person was diverse, different and “everybody is crazy!”

The actor adroitly sidestepped queries about favorite roles and people, but said that making “Death Becomes Her” — standing still for all those special effects — deathly boring.

At one point, Streep repeated the familiar dictum that “acting is really listening.”

If so, a house of UT students, who didn’t miss one syllable of Streep’s carefully enunciated responses, are one step closer to careers in film or theater.
 zdroj: austin360.com
06.07.2014 12:37:15
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