Meryl Streep added to her lengthy list of career accolades when she landed the Vogue January 2012 cover. The 62-year-old was interviewed to promote “The Iron Lady” and quipped, “I told [some of the ladies earlier] I was probably the oldest person to ever be on the cover of Vogue.”
Surprisingly, Streep thought her career was over at age 40, when she was offered three separate movie roles — as a witch. “Once women passed childbearing age,” she mused, “they could only be seen as grotesque on some level, as women whose usefulness had passed.”
What did Streep have to say about playing Margaret Thatcher? “It’s very easy to set people at arm’s length and judge them. Yes, you can judge the policies and the actions, but to live inside that body is another thing entirely. It’s humbling and infuriating, just like it is to live in your own body. Because you recognize your own failings, and I have no doubt that she recognized hers.”
See Meryl Streep’s Vogue January 2012 issue in person when it hits newsstands on Dec. 20.