Meryl Streep and ‘Vogue’ editor-in-chief Anna Wintour sat down for a candid conversation about women in the workplace, Harvey Weinstein and their moms.
Promoting her new film The Post, Meryl Streep is on one of the covers of the latest issue of Vogue. To promote her cover, she sat down with the magazine’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for a delightful and candid conversation about women in the workplace.
The video segment begins with Streep entering the Vogue offices, similar to the way her character in The Devil Wears Prada entered the offices of the fictional magazine Runway. Streep’s character in Prada, Miranda Priestly, was based on Wintour, after a former intern of hers wrote a tell-all book about her experience working for the fashion maven.
They slightly hit on this at the top of the video, when Wintour asks Streep what woman was the most challenging for her to play. Steep eludes to playing her. “We’re not going there, Meryl,” Wintour responds.
The conversation soon turns to more serious topics. When asked by Wintour what she and her family discuss around the dining room table, Streep responds: “Harvey Weinstein, that’s all we talk about. It’s horrible. We want them to be free, we want them to be proud, we want them to be female. You put them in danger by not informing them about the male gaze and how it works on young girls.”
“This moment is absolutely thrilling,” she said. “This is a door that will not be closed, we’ve got our foot in their now. It’ll be very difficult to conduct their lives the way they have in the past.”
“‘Oh that’s just locker room talk. Oh that’s just the way men are,’” she said, mocking common excuses used for inappropriate behavior. “No it’s not. We’re civilized people and we learn form our mistakes.”
“I think it might lead to the moment where, at least in my business, where people walk into a room and they see three women and nine men and they think there’s something wrong. That it’s off.”
In the end, Wintour hands Streep the magazine with her on the cover. Streep responds, “I wish my mother were alive to see it.”