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'The Iron Lady' Star Meryl Streep Talks Playing Margaret Thatcher, Losing Her Glasses

First Posted: 01/16/12 10:13 AM ET Updated: 01/16/12 10:13 AM ET

If her 8 Golden Globe wins are any indication, Meryl Streep can take just about anything; including playing a political figure she disagrees with and using profanity on live television.

The star, who nabbed a Golden Globe for her performance in Phyllida Lloyd's Margaret Thatcher biopic "The Iron Lady" at Sunday night's awards, admitted the role of Margaret Thatcher was an interesting one to take on.

"Coming into this I had a very reductive view of Margaret Thatcher," Streep said of the former Prime Minister in the Golden Globes press room. "I sort of did what we all do to political figures we don't agree with; we turn them into something more than human and less than human at the same time. It was interesting to me to look at the human being behind the headlines; to imagine what it's like to a live a life so huge, controversial, and groundbreaking in the winter of that life, and to have sort of a compassionate view for someone with whom I disagree."

But Streep's compassion for Thatcher didn't stop her form throwing a bold word into her acceptance speech for "The Iron Lady" when she realized she'd lost her glasses.

"Oh, I can't believe I said 'sh*t' on TV," Streep said. "I never do anything like that! It's just, I have such a good speech, and I can't see it at all. Even if you held it in the front row I couldn't see it!"

The Oscars are right around the corner, but Streep isn't slowing down; she's starring in David Frankel's "Great Hope Springs" as Maeve Somes, in theaters this December.

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