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Meryl Streep held court at the Rome Film Festival on Thursday to present the Italian premiere of her new film, Florence Foster Jenkins, in which she plays a socialite with a terrible voice who dreams of being an opera star. The prominent Hillary Clinton supporter, who spoke passionately at the Democratic National Convention in July, no longer feels that discussing Donald Trump is worth her time. She believes the Republican presidential nominee has already lost.
“I don’t feel that I have to make any further pronouncements on the sexism of the Trump campaign,” she said in Rome.
“I think they’re doing a very good job on their own. Or he’s doing a good job on his own. I’m not sure his campaign knows quite what to make of it,” she joked.
“But I feel in 20 days we’ll have a President Hillary Rodham Clinton, president of the United States, and all this will be moot,” she said. “So that’s good news!”
Speaking later in the day during the fest’s “Close Encounter” series about her Oscar-winning role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Streep said, “Every woman has experienced a special kind of disdain when you’re in a place that is not meant for you, where you’re not supposed to be there.”
“All the people that say to Hillary Clinton, ‘Don’t talk so loud! Be more attractive!’ You just want to say, ‘please, listen to what it is I’m saying, rather than how I’m saying it,’” continued Streep noting that any female politician undergoes similar scrutiny. “I had an understanding of the world that Margaret Thatcher entered, and it was not a world friendly to women, and certainly to women who wanted to be leaders.”
At a Public Theater benefit in June, Streep famously dressed up as Trump. She recently appeared in a Humanity for Hillary video saying, “It’s not OK,” in response to Donald Trump’s comments promoting sexual assault against women.
At the DNC, Streep hooted for Clinton, saying, “What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit. And it takes grace.”
Streep has set her own records, being the first person to be nominated for 19 Academy Awards for acting. The star spoke of paving the way for young actresses in creating different types of roles for women of all ages.
“I think I’ve broken some ground for some young women that they can look ahead and imagine that they’ll have a career past 40, which used to be the cutoff date. It definitely was when I was beginning,” she said. “You could pretty much know that you would be ‘disappeared’ at that age. Until you became 60, 70 and you could play horrible people.”
Despite the trend of actors stepping into the director’s chair, Streep said she has no desire to take on a second career. “Some of my directors would say I have already tried to do that,” she joked. “I haven’t felt the need to be a director. I’m in awe of the people who do both, who act and do both. I’ve always wanted to act. I love not having to have the meta-view.”
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