Watch Meryl Streep Talk To Anna Wintour About Her New Movie, Harvey Weinstein, And More

"It's hard to risk a great deal to tell the truth."

Devil Wears Prada fans will be delighted by the news that Meryl Streep is on the December cover of Vogue — and she sat down for an interview with Anna Wintour because of it. In that film, for those unaware, Streep played the editor-in-chief of an influential fashion magazine and it's widely understood that her character was based on Wintour, Vogue's real-life editor-in-chief

Streep sat down with Wintour in a video for Vogue to discuss her latest film The Post, which is based on the true events around the Pentagon Papers. In it, Streep plays the late Katharine Graham, the woman who presided over The Washington Post during the Watergate crisis, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Graham and Wintour were great friends. Of course, this role is just one of many influential women Streep has played in her lifetime. 


"Obviously you've played a lot of extraordinary women," Wintour said during the interview. "What was the most challenging woman you ever played?" Wintour asks. 

"Oh, I should say [you]!" Streep joked, referencing The Devil Wears Prada, but Wintour abruptly cut her off. "No, no, we're not going to go there, Meryl," she said. 

"That wasn't, anyway," Streep said. "That was fun." 

As the two discuss female empowerment and the importance of seeking the truth, the conversation shifts to Streep's family. 

"What do you sit around talking about at the dining room table [with your] three daughters?" Wintour asks. 

"Harvey Weinstein, that's all we talk about," Streep said."We want them to be free, we want them to be proud, we want them to be female, but you can't — you put them in danger by not informing them about the male gaze and how it works on young girls."

However, Streep believes that the conversations we're having because of the recent accusations of sexual misconduct and assault against powerful Hollywood figures will help to make a positive impact for women, and the opportunities available to them in the future. 

"This moment is absolutely thrilling. This is a door that will not be closed, we've got a foot in there now," Streep said. "It will be very difficult for people to conduct their lives the way they have in the past. 'Oh that's just locker room talk.' 'Oh that's just the way men are.' No, it's not. We're civilized people and we learn from our mistakes."

You can watch the whole interview in the video below:


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