Meryl Streep, 62, poses for Vogue as the oldest woman to cover the magazine. To make the point, Blake Lively has covered Vogue… twice… while this is Streep’s first cover. And the average age of their cover girls is 33. Which is just left of hilarious (two blocks away from being tragic in a sea of urinal cakes landing similar covers). Well, she’s got her damn cover. And here it is… it’s age and season-appropriate. The styling’s simple and classic. She’s not plastered in make-up or Photoshopped to death the way most Annie Leibovitz shoots are.
- On ageing in Hollywood: She never was an ingenue. When her first film came out, in 1977 (Julia, with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave), she was 28. In 1989, she turned 40. ‘I remember turning to my husband and saying, ‘Well, what should we do? Because it’s over.’’
- On Hollywood’s attitude to women over 40: [At 41], 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 (1995) she captured ‘the audience that were my girls, that I knew they’d get it if we could get the movie made,’ hence Dancing at Lughnasa and One True Thing, which were also about ‘women whose usefulness had passed.’ And her last five years saw hit follow hit: The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia!, Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated. That last film, she says, ‘in the period of Silkwood, could never have been made, with a 60-year-old actress deciding between her ex-husband and another man. With a 40-year-old actress it would never have been made.’