Meryl Streep Quotes

Meryl Streep Quotes On Acting

The formula of happiness and success is just, being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can.

I think that you find your own way. You have your own rules. You have your own understanding of yourself, and that’s what you’re going to count on. In the end, it’s what feels right to you. Not what your mother told you. Not what some actress told you. Not what anybody else told you but the still, small voice.

I think your self emerges

I think your self emerges more clearly over time.

I need to go where people are serious about acting.

My job is usually to express emotion as freely as possible.

The work will stand, no matter what.

Empathy is at the heart of the actor’s art.

Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.

All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene.

I think the most liberating

I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.

I believe in imagination.

I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.

Women are better at acting then men. Why? Because we have to be. If successfully convincing someone bigger than you are of something he doesn’t want to know is a survival skill, this is how women have survived through the millennia.

Everyone is interesting. Everyone has something unexpected to offer and the job of acting is to pull it out of each other.

Singing and acting are very similar. Singing makes you reach into your deepest feelings. Singing is an extension of everything that you do when you’re acting.

Meryl Streep Quotes On Character

For me, clothes are kind of character; I don’t follow fashion or understand trends.

On every film, the clothes are half the battle in creating the character. I have a great deal of opinion about how my people are presented. We show a great deal by what we put on our bodies.

I've thought a lot about

I’ve thought a lot about the power of empathy. In my work, it’s the current that connects me and my actual pulse to a fictional character in a made up story, it allows me to feel, pretend feelings and sorrows and imagined pain.

If I am not confident that I can portray the character perfectly on screen, I won’t even try.

I didn’t have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress, and I still do.

I would like Martin Scorsese to be interested in a female character once in a while, but I don’t know if I’ll live that long.

I never give any character I play less respect than I give my own life.

In other characters, it’s driven by insecurity, or it’s driven by fear, or – there’s always a driver. And all the physical manifestations, you need your way in.

I’ve grown up well, partly because there weren’t great girls’ literature – Nancy Drew, maybe – but there weren’t things. So there was Huck Finn and “Spin And Marty.” The boys characters were interesting and you lived through them when you’re watching it.

For me, clothes are kind of a character. They’re more interesting in those terms.

Meryl Streep Quotes On Children

It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician.

I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.

Every single decision I make about what material I do, what I’m putting out in the world, is because of my children.

I love acting, of course, but being with my husband and my children always brought me the greatest joy and happiness in life.

I don’t like to be gone all weekend and at night too. Because for 20 years, I’ve had children who are in school.

The movie that makes me cry is Anchorman. I have the biggest crush on Will Ferrel I love him in every film he does. I mean, Ryan Gosling could be my child. I’m not going to have a crush on a child. Will Ferrell is a man.

Life is all about making choices and I’m very happy with mine. I have had a wonderful time raising four children and I’ve also been lucky to have the support of a wonderful husband.

Meryl Streep Quotes On Feelings

I’m a pain in the ass to all of the costume designers with whom I work because I have very strong feelings about the subject.

Singing and acting are very similar. Singing makes you reach into your deepest feelings. Singing is an extension of everything that you do when you’re acting.

When they called my name,

When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no. Come on… Her, again?’ You know. But, whatever.

I’ve thought a lot about the power of empathy. In my work, it’s the current that connects me and my actual pulse to a fictional character in a made up story, it allows me to feel, pretend feelings and sorrows and imagined pain.

My feeling about fears is, if you voice your fears, they may come true. I’m superstitious enough to believe that.

Acting has to reach everybody on some level – it’s a communication of feeling – but as far as judging the work is concerned, it is, I think, something that actors know about.

But for me, it [singing] was a way to get out the feeling of the song, and also to get out the feelings that, you know, roil in high school, to express something that I had no other way of expressing.

What led me to that was I have never – I mean, I watch movies and I don’t care who is the protagonist. I feel what that guy is feeling. You know, if it’s Tom Cruise leaping over a building – I want to make it, you know? And I’m going to – yes, I made it. And yeah, so I get that.

Empathy is at the heart of the actor’s art.