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Meryl Streep has played many real-life icons in her time — Julia Child, Florence Foster Jenkins, Margaret Thatcher — and for her upcoming role in The Post, she’ll take on another one: Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham.
Ahead of the film’s release, the actress consulted Anna Wintour, who was a friend of the late Graham, and the rumored inspiration for Streep’s sunglass-wearing, icy cold fictional fashion editor character from 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada.
In a video which accompanies the actress’ special edition December Vogue cover, photographed by Annie Leibovtiz, Streep and Wintour briefly addressed the Miranda Priestly-shaped elephant in the room. When Wintour inquires about the most challenging character she’s ever portrayed, Streep hesitantly points a finger in the Vogue editor’s general direction, “Oh! I should say…”
“No, no, we’re not going there, Meryl!” laughs Wintour. Streep brushes aside the would-be confrontation. “That wasn’t [you] anyway,” she smirks.
The pair go on to speak about The Post and how many aspects of the film resonate with the present moment and the war on fake news, as well as feminism, running for office (both said they’d never) and today’s current events.
“What do you sit around and talk about at the dining room table?” Wintour inquires of the conversations Streep has with her three daughters. The actress throws her hands up in dramatic flair and proclaims, “Harvey Weinstein!”
“That’s all we talk about,” she continues, “We want them to be free, we want them to be proud, we want them to be female, but you put them in danger by not informing them about the male gaze and how it works on young girls.”
Meanwhile, the cover story, written by Kati Marton, does not focus on the latest goings on in Streep’s life, but rather on the laundry list of Grahams’ accomplishments instead, from giving the green light to the landmark Watergate story, to winning a Pulitzer Prize at 80.
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