Streep delivered this thoughtful, moving commencement address at Barnard in 2010, and she spoke with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross this week.
Here’s an excerpt from Monday’s interview in which Streep discusses her experience filming The Iron Lady and the need for minimal yet transformative makeup:
It’s not about the audience. It’s all about fooling the other actors into believing that you are who you say you are. Because that’s hard, when you walk on set and it’s a big makeup job. And it makes it hard for them. And I take my entire performance from them, so if they don’t look at me and hate me appropriately or love me the way they’re supposed to or find, you know, an old face but see the young one underneath which is Jim Broadbent’s task as Dennis Thatcher, then I’m lost, I don’t have anything to go on because I can read that immediately in their eyes, you know?
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