Meryl Streep may be going on 30 years of Oscar frustration, but that doesn't mean her peers treat her like anything other than royalty.
Even so much as a "hello" from the 62-year-old screen chameleon is utter kryptonite for today's actresses -- she's reduced grown women to tears, stuttering and star-struckness -- and now she's taken another victim: "The Artist" star Bérénice Bejo.
"Meryl came up to me and said that she and her family watched the movie three times and that the movie will stay around forever," Bejo told E! Online's Marc Malkin. "She said I should be very proud of it."
These run-ins result in varied levels of freak outs among Tinseltown's best -- from Melissa McCarthy to Jessica Chastain -- below, a brief history of people meeting Meryl Streep.
"I almost cried," Bejo said, choking up a little. "I have to keep myself from crying now. She is so wonderful...You just want to hold her. She's so real."
"I look over and said, 'Is that Meryl Streep?' [My friends] all look over and were like, 'Yes.' And as I said it she turned around and started walking towards me, and that's when everything got kind of foggy," admitted Chastain. "She walked toward me and ... grabbed my hand and was saying beautiful things about the play and my performance. And all I did, because I was so shocked, was I held her hands and went, 'Thank you, thank you. It means so much to me that you came,' and I walked away [laughs]."
"As I'm talking to them somebody is pulling on my hand and I hear, 'Melissa, Melissa.' And I turned around and she said, 'Hi, I'm Meryl,'" McCarthy said. "Literally like my brain snapped in two. And then I really didn't know what to say. I just kept going 'Oh my God. You're Meryl Streep!' And she was chatting like a normal human being. And I said, 'Oh my god. I'm sorry. I thought over the years so many things if I ever got to meet you... what I would say. This is not it!' And she goes, 'Oh my God. Don't even worry about it.' For some reason I felt I need to bookend it with and repeat, 'Oh my God. You're Meryl Streep.'"
"We did a scene in 'Doubt' where I have to yell at her, and I almost got stage fright," she confesses. "The feeling never really went away. I just had to learn to deal with it."
She's "pretty cool."
[via E! Online]