Meryl Streep didn't set out to become a movie star who dealt with Hollywood's unrealistic beauty expectations, but in an unearthed 2008 interview with former Entertainment Weekly reporter Christine Spines, Streep discussed what it was like to go from the Yale drama department to Hollywood, where fashion and appearances were almost as important as acting chops.
"I loved to wrangle my talent, my need to express myself," Streep said in the interview. "I liked to do it that way. I never thought I was somebody who would be on the cover of magazine in fashion wearing fashions! It's not me. That is what movie stardom entails."
Illustrated for PBS Digital Studios' Blank on Blank series, the conversation turns to her audition for "King Kong," her proficiency in Italian and knitting for an ex-boyfriend.