Actress Meryl Streep, renowned for her liberal politics, is playing conservative icon Margaret Thatcher in the new film “Iron Lady.” And Streep confesses that she admires the former British prime minister.
“It took a lot out of me, but it was a privilege to play her, it really was,” Streep told the British newspaper the Daily Mail
. “It was one of those rare, rare films where I was grateful to be an actor and grateful for the privilege of being able to look at a life deeply with empathy. There’s no greater joy.”
Streep’s empathy does not mean, however, that she has been converted to Thatcher’s political philosophy.
“I still don’t agree with a lot of her policies,” the actress said. “But I feel she believed in them and that they came from an honest conviction, and that she wasn’t a cosmetic politician just changing make-up to suit the times. She stuck to what she believed in, and that’s a hard thing to do.”
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