Meryl Streep Talks Florence Foster Jenkins & Acting After 40 In WSJ Magazine August 2016

Actor Meryl Streep is interviewed by WSJ Magazine's Alex Bhattacharji about her next film 'Florence Foster Jenkins', directed by Stephen Frears. Styled by Anastasia Barbieri and lensed by Brigitte Lacombe, Streep and Frears tell the most interesting story about the flamboyant, eccentric Jenkins who pursued a career in singing off key.

Considered to be a consummate narcissist, Streep argues that Jenkins was very insecure.

“Her personal challenges,” Streep says of her alter ego, “what was stalking her in her life, made her make a decision to live every second deeply, intensely and to her joy.”
That, in turn, drove Streep’s decision to make this movie: “To choose the one that chooses joy—and there are a lot of reasons to go and to explore the endless dystopian vortex into nihilism—is saying, ‘Music matters, love matters.’ What’s the value in being alive right now? It’s saying, ‘There is value.’ That’s in there.”

Fresh after her rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention, Meryl Streep admits that she shattered her own glass ceiling, with 12 Oscar nominations after age 40.  One of the more meaningful compliments Streep has received comes from Bette Davis who said about her: “Her process does not exclude,” says Helberg. “It’s like she sees in 360 degrees, and so she’s including everybody and every single thing that is happening in the moment. Once she gets onto the set, it’s really about being present, and I just kind of watched her. Sometimes I would just end up, you know, f—ing up because I was watching her."

What caught my eye in the article was a comment about Meryl Streep and also Hillary Clinton. The deep level of its misogyny prompts me to post Streep's 4 minute speech about 'women firsts'. The comment is:

By all means let's take the time and effort to glorify a shameless socialist, a prostitute at least for totalitarianism, if not in other more conventional ways (as, being charitable, a solid plurality of actresses are). As usual the WSJ magazine is aiming to interest a very narrow slice of the .0001%, all of whom live either in Bel Air, Manhattan's Upper East Side, or are current/former Maobama or Dykesmistress von Rodham high counselors. Vomit.

Here's to strong women everywhere in the world of Meryl Streep, one of our truly great feminists. Follow all AOC's Hillary Clinton ~ Anne