Thank You Meryl Streep

by Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

Thank youShe is my favorite actress. I am sure I’m not alone. It is not just that she is a gifted actor. Meryl Streep steps into the  soul of every character she plays. This week she won yet another accolade for best actress. This time it was the Golden Globe for portraying Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Actors like Streep prepare extensively to take us into the world of that character. Likewise, introverts often emphasize how much they prepare for meetings, calls, presentations, etc. so that they perform at their best (a side note: Meryl Streep is an introvert like many actors). Yet, despite careful preparation, you can’t always anticipate what is thrown at you. Handling the moment sometimes trumps preparation.

In this clip of her recent Golden Globes Acceptance Speech  a great actress is a normal human being. In the blush of winning and kissing her way up to the stage, Ms. Streep forgot her glasses. So how did she handle it? She was refreshingly real (they bleeped out the “Oh ____” ), cracked some jokes and complimented the other nominees (some even more than once).  I loved her rambling, laughing performance where she played the character she knows best: herself. Perhaps an extra glass of wine helped. Any scripted thank you she might have had was gone and there she was, like the rest of us, dealing with an “Oh ___” moment.  I will take that real performance over a carefully rehearsed acceptance speech any day.

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