I vividly remember the moment I met Meryl Streep. I was interning for a celebrity stylist and was given the grand task of personally delivering wardrobe to her. Naturally,
I was completely freaking the f*** out I quietly accepted because I am a professional. You see, for much of my life, I wanted to be an actress because I love stories and I love watching them come to life so vividly that an audience can’t help but feel something. That is exactly what Meryl Streep does – she transforms, she transcends, and she does so with such empathy and finesse that it evokes a powerful response. When I met her that day I was so nervous I could feel my perpetually clammy hands shaking, and just as Viola Davis said, she stared. But this was a different kind of stare. It wasn’t one of her infamous Miranda Priestley stares, it was as if she was trying to understand or know me, in a way that was almost nurturing. This will forever stick with me.
She (like many celebrities) could have not looked at me at all and ignored my presence because I was only an intern, miles below her on the ladder of importance. But, she didn’t. Although it was only a moment, she chose to present herself with kindness and that is proof enough to me that Meryl Streep practices what she preaches. During her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes this weekend she stated, “And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.” And what a true statement that is. So, I would just like to say thank you, Meryl.
Thank you for looking at me with kind eyes. Thank you for choosing to use your platform to voice the opinions that are spoken yet fail to always be heard. And thank you for reminding G and all of us here at the studio to take our broken hearts, and turn them into art.
Bravo, Meryl Streep!