Meryl Streep Interview: “She was the product of her time where women weren’t expected to do much outside the realm of good child rearing and housekeeping…”
LOS ANGELES – Meryl Streep has a long and distinguished history playing remarkable women. From Karen Blixen to Julia Child to Margaret Thatcher, Streep invests her own formidable self into one compelling performance after another.
Now, in The Post, she portrays Katherine Graham, the owner/publisher of The Washington Post who in 1971 faced a difficult decision once the newspaper obtained what came to be known as “The Pentagon Papers,” an Edward Snowden-like treasure trove of a classified government study relating to the Vietnam War. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film co-stars Tom Hanks as the Post’s brilliant, gruff Executive Editor, Ben Bradlee, who was last played by the late Jason Robards in All the President’s Men.
In the guise of Graham, who inherited the newspaper from her father and whose husband had turned the newspaper into a major force before committing suicide in 1963, Streep brings to life a woman who grew into her role as publisher and ultimately made the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers despite the threat of a lawsuit from the Nixon Administration. When asked why she’s never worked with Spielberg before, Streep is unequivocal in her response:
“I’ve never been asked to dance with him before,” says Streep. “This is one of the few films that he’s made that’s focused on a woman’s journey. I wouldn’t have been in ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ And in lots of his films, like ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Amistad.’