Meryl Streep: I’m best out of my comfort zone

Meryl Streep lets fear drive her.

The three-time Oscar winner may be well into her 60s, but she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Her latest feature is Ricki and the Flash, a comedy about an ageing rocker who gives up music to go home and put things right with her family.

But what drives the 66-year-old to push forwards?

“Fear drives me,” she opened up in an interview with German magazine Meins. “If you’re too sure of yourself, you just end up stagnating. If I want to achieve something extraordinary, I have to be uncomfortable first.”

Meryl can surely relate to her character, as her family plays a huge part in her life. She and husband Don Gummer have four children – Henry, Mamie, Grace and Louisa – together and they were always Meryl’s number-one priority.

“I took on uncertainty and was able to enjoy a lot of freedom that way. I work for four months and then spend the rest of the year unemployed and with my children. It’s a great life, but also one filled with doubt and job insecurity,” she said of the sacrifices she’s made.

With Ricki and the Flash, Meryl has been able to enjoy the best of both worlds. Her daughter Mamie plays Julie, her onscreen daughter.

“I was able to work with Mamie as a colleague, it was a great experience,” the Hollywood veteran gushed.

Ricki and the Flash is currently rolling out across cinemas worldwide.

– Cover Media