Meryl Streep graces the cover of Vogue magazine’s January 2012 issue. Inside, she discusses thinking her career was over back in 1989, as well as her new film, The Iron Lady.
On believing her career was over when she turned 40 in 1989: “I remember turning to my husband and saying, ‘Well, what should we do? Because it’s over.’ ” The following year, she received three offers to play witches in different movies. She saw the subtext pretty clearly: “Once women passed childbearing age they could only be seen as grotesque on some level.” But with The Bridges of Madison County she captured “the audience that were my girls, that I knew they’d get it if we could get the movie made.”
On her new film, The Iron Lady: “The material embedded in it is a lot of what I’ve been thinking about. The themes in the film, which I don’t feel like underlining, have interested me for a while. And you never see these subjects covered in films normally, and so that was very thrilling.”
Also in the January 2012 issue: a report on Marc Jacobs and a guide to jump-starting the new year. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on December 20 or head to Vogue.com.