Quick Access

Meryl Quotes

We’ve collected the best Meryl Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Geraldine Brooks, Joan Rivers, Ed Begley, Jr., Nadine Velazquez, Robin Wright. Use them as an inspiration.

If screenwriters have to kill off a female character, they love to give her cancer. We’ve seen so many great actresses go down to the Big C: Ali MacGraw, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Debra Winger, Susan Sarandon.
Acting is my true love. I would like to have been a serious actor, and I plan to in the next life. I’m gonna be Meryl Streep Rivers.
I’ve been in movies with Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson – but I was on ‘The Simpsons,’ and finally, in the eyes of my children, I was a star.
I would love to have a drink with Meryl Streep or Prince. Those are my top two people I would love to talk to.
I could not understand why Meryl Streep, for example, is allowed to work while pregnant and I’m not.
You have actresses like Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, who have roles specially written for them.
Leslie Caron
Playing piano well is one thing, but attempting to play at concert level accompanying Meryl Streep while Stephen Frears is filming you in front of hundreds of people is – well – psychotic.
Ariana Grande was on a TV show, and then she started her career singing. If I’m offered a TV show, I’m going to pursue that and then see if I can push my singing. And then if I push my singing, awesome. My biggest goal, though? Be an actress in movies. I would love to have a career like Meryl Streep’s someday.
I really admire actresses like Meryl Streep; I would love to have a career like hers.
I loved working with Meryl Streep twice and I’ve gotten to work with my friend Liam Neeson on several occasions.
Aidan Quinn
I like not knowing about my favourite actresses and actors. I love seeing Meryl Streep up there and knowing so little about who she is outside of what she’s playing on screen.
Look at the vast range of roles portrayed by Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, or say Halley Berry. Their works are now my inspiration.
Meryl Streep’s really smart, and she’s a film animal, and she knows that.
There’s no such thing as too late. There are different roles for different ages, assuming an actress has something to offer. There aren’t many Helen Mirrens and Meryl Steeps, and it takes a lot of talent to get to that level. I hope I have it. That’s the model I aspire to if I’m lucky enough. It’s all about luck.
Ayelet Zurer
Meryl Streep’s brilliant, just brilliant. I’ve been fortunate to do two movies with Meryl. And for an actor to go moment to moment like she does, there’s no one better. And she dances between moments. Each take is different because she’s riding instincts, she’s riding impulses. And she trusts that.
I’ll tell you how it happened. The phone rang. Paul, my agent, goes, ‘Would you like to play Meryl Streep’s?’ I said, ‘Yeeees! I’ll do it, whatever it is.’ He said, ‘It’s Mamma Mia!.’ I said, ‘Oh no, which character? The fat friend?
I’m interested in Jeff Bridges. I love that guy. And I did like Carey Mulligan in ‘An Education.’ And I love Meryl Streep, but if they could banJulie & Julia,’ I’d be in favor of that.
Before I do a movie, I watch Meryl Streep movies over and over. It’s not to mimic her. It’s to remind myself to be more committed.
Daphne Zuniga
I would absolutely love to do something with Viola Davis or Meryl Streep. I just think both of those women fall so deep into their characters that you are no longer looking at the actresses, you are looking at the characters they embraced.
Meagan Tandy
I never thought I would work with Meryl Streep. I also love Cate Blanchett.
Everyone asks, ‘What’s your goal? Do you want to win an Oscar? Do you want to work with Meryl Streep?’ No! I want to buy my mum a house. I want to make her proud.
As a kid, I was obsessed with Meryl Streep, and I still am.
Today, people like Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep have vowed to improve the opportunities for women, but those promises are still unusual.
I have a weird crush on Meryl Streep.
I saw that Meryl Streep said, I just want to do my job well. And really, that’s all I’m ever trying to do.
I have the highest regard for Meryl Streep as an actress and think she’s a fabulous person as well.
It is so inspiring when you come across a woman who is very strong and dedicated and is amazing at what they do. That’s how I feel about Meryl Streep. You watch her, and you can’t help but notice all of that about her. She’s so influential.
I used to watch ‘Death Becomes Her,’ and I knew I wanted to become Meryl Streep.
Lily Tomlin, Judi Dench, Carol Burnett, Linda Emond, Meryl Streep, Janet Mctyre. I saw all these women on stage, and I experienced a feeling that is the artistic equivalent of huffing paint – the world kind of went away, and I felt exhilarated. Also, I drooled a little.
Meryl Streep is awesome.
Isabelle Fuhrman
I have this ongoing obsession with Meryl Streep.
I love Nic Cage and Meryl Streep.
Meryl Streep is exactly as awesome as you would imagine Meryl Streep to be.
Women I admired growing up – Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep – were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny – much, much too skinny. You can’t Pilates to that.
I know that every actor that I know, when Daniel Day-Lewis does a film, and he doesn’t work that often, but we run to the theater to see what he’s up to, and with such delicious excitement. The same goes for Meryl Streep.
‘The River Wild‘ was great, with Meryl Streep. That guy was really a bad dude who was ultimately sort of fundamentally impotent in a weird way. That was kind of interesting.
I have lots of ambitions. I’d love to do theatre. I’d like to be in ‘Tea With Mussolini 2;’ I’d like to touch Meryl Streep – which would involve being with her in some exotic location. I have lots of fantastical dreams.
At my first Golden Globes, I met people I was very much enamored by: Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It was surreal to see them in person.
I really am having the time of my life. But as far as my future goes, I want to stretch myself as an actor in a way that Jake Gyllenhaal, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Meryl Streep do.
Meryl Streep is my favorite actor of all time, period. That would be a dream to be in something with her. I just think there’s so much I can learn from her.
For as long as I can remember, my acting crush has been Meryl Streep.
I am a big fan of Meryl Streep.
I would love to share the screen with Meryl Streep, wouldn’t we all? I would love to work with Spielberg and Scorsese; that would be lovely. I’m also a huge fan of Johnny Depp and the way he creates his characters, so that would be fun. I mean, any of the greats, really.
Meryl Streep belongs on anybody‘s list of greats.
I will never be a Robert De Niro or Meryl Streep, the kind of actor that disappears into a role.
I’d like to think I could do something great – a performance like Meryl Streep’s in ‘Sophie’s Choice’ – at some point in my life. At the same time, though, I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself to be great.
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts act themselves senseless in ‘August: Osage County,’ and by the time they’re finished, they’ve acted their movie senseless, too.
I would be surprised if they gave Meryl Streep her third Oscar for a film as light as ‘Julie and Julia,’ although, of course, Katharine Hepburn’s third Oscar came with a very light performance from her in ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.’
I would love to have the honor to get to work with Meryl Streep. I love her and I love her work.
Bailee Madison
I never thought I had a career. I think Meryl Streep has a career. I have jobs that I am lucky to get… I’m one of those actresses who never turns down a part, no matter how small. I don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing. I take everything.
Liz Torres
Know who you are, because that’s how you will be cast at first. Then you can be Meryl Streep further down the road.
You have to get out of your comfort zone in order to grow. And as an actor, you don’t become Meryl Streep by doing the same type of comedy. You get there by being challenged. And unfortunately, there’s a lack of roles for women of color, so you actually have to be the engineer creating some of those roles.
As far as actresses go, I love Meryl Streep.
My interest in Women in Film came from attending the Crystal Awards in 1998 where Meryl Streep and producers Gale Anne Hurd and Lucy Fisher were honored with the annual award.
Sharon Lawrence
I was definitely very intimidated, but the instant Meryl Streep said ‘Hi’ to me, it all went away.
I would watch anything with Meryl Streep in it.
When I was first starting out was also when I first started really paying attention to the Oscars and stuff like that. And I remember thinking, ‘Wow, everything is great for women in Hollywood, because Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Sally Field – they’re all doing incredible work.’
I’ve always wanted to be a Meryl Streep or a Natalie Portman. I want to do all kinds of different movies, to be a chameleon. I don’t want to limit myself.
Meryl’s Donna embodied the spirit of ABBA and ‘Mamma Mia!’ in the first film.
Meryl Streep was my hero. I wanted to be that type of actor more than anything.
I have never planned my career. I chose those films with which I could relate myself. But if given a chance, I would love to do the kind of roles Meryl Streep has done.
The ideal would be to have a career like Meryl Streep’s or Kate Winslet’s. It’s just unbelievable how they manage to make such incredible choices one after the other. If you could have a career anything like that, then that would be a great thing.
I don’t think the physical resemblance is as important as capturing the soul of the person that the actor is portraying. How much like Charlie Chaplin did Robert Downey Jr. look in ‘Chaplin?’ Did Meryl Steep actually resemble Nora Ephron in ‘Heartburn?’
Ooh, I’d love to be in a movie with Meryl Streep or Martin Scorsese. There are so many different things I want to do, maybe like a possessed child or an evil something… I don’t know!
I wish I could be as commanding as Meryl Streep.
This is going to sound a bit weird because she’s a lot older than I am, but I’ve got a thing for Meryl Streep.
As for actors, I’m hugely in awe of Cate Blanchett – and Meryl Streep, obviously.
I was acting with all my childhood heroes: Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, all of those amazing women.
As for people I would love to work with, Meryl Streep, of course! She’s my favorite.
Nick Gehlfuss
It’s OK to sit in the Golden Globe room and look around and think, ‘Oh, Helen Mirren’s a loser tonight, so is Nicole Kidman. Meryl Streep lost tonight. Jessica Lange didn’t win.’ If you’re gonna be in the company of losers, that’s the company to be in.
Meryl Streep is at the apex of Hollywood, and it is ludicrous for anyone to think or for her to expect anyone to think that she was completely ignorant of Harvey Weinstein’s serial predation of women.
I think that some actors who make it in Hollywood are very talented. There are some of my heroes, the Meryl Streeps of the world, a lot of people that I love their work but I think a lot of it is luck, looks, strategic alliances and relationships, your agent and a lot of business components.
Meryl Streep does things I would never have thought possible… Her presence on screen is outstanding.
I like Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster. Among Indian actress, I prefer Madhubala and Nutan.
I’m crazy about the Coen brothers, I’m crazy about Sean Penn. I love the usual suspects like Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep and people like that.
I believe writers need to be chameleons, or like Meryl Streep, who can play all sorts of characters. A good writer should be able to cross gender lines and people of all social classes. So for me, writing from a male point of view would be a great challenge, that I would look forward to taking on.
Marisha Pessl
The one person whom I would like to be is Meryl Streep. Even at her age, she sits alongside the younger heroines at the Oscars with her name in the nominee list, and others around her wonder whether they still stand a chance.
When Robert Benton was doing the movie ‘In the Still of the Night,’ I’d choreographed the auction scene and supplied the paintings and had a bit part – I was bidding against Meryl Streep.
It’s been hard in entertainment as a 45-year-old woman to find jobs. They get fewer and far between if you’re older, unless you’re one of the few lucky ones who work constantly, like Meryl Streep.
If I am able to carry on modeling, I’ll be very happy to, but my passion is definitely in music and acting. I would love to do what Meryl Streep is doing. Her or Judi Dench, or maybe Charlize Theron as well.
For some reasons, I have WWE wrestlers tweeting me all the time. Like, my biggest fans. Why they can connect with my love for Meryl Streep, I don’t know.
I felt like, you know, my presence in the world of cinema had a different meaning than Meryl Streep… There was an impact that was made, but it wasn’t the usual.
There’s to be a film about my life. I can give this as an exclusive now. Meryl Streep was offered the part but, no, I wanted Kate Winslet. Kylie Minogue is playing me in middle age. In old age, I’m not sure who’s going to play me. I haven‘t got there yet. Perhaps Cate Blanchett. Or Jacki Weaver.
People say to me, ‘Well, how do you direct Meryl Streep?’ You’re not wandering over to Meryl telling her how to act. She’s an extraordinary talent and unbelievably hard working; she works harder than anyone I have ever worked with before.
I love Meryl Streep.
I’m not Meryl Streep. My God – she’s the greatest actor that ever lived. It’s sad that ordinary actors like me are compared to her.
Acting is very personal. I don’t want to be like anybody else. There are positions I would like to be in – like Meryl Streep’s, for instance.
I think a famous parent is really different from a famous grandparent. My parents are very successful, but no one knows who they are, and they live a completely grounded, homey life. I’m friends with the Gummer girls, whose mum is Meryl Streep, and that feels from the outside like a different kind of burden.