Meryl Streep looked back at her insecurities while watching Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born”.
The Oscar-winning actress, 69, sat down with Stephen Colbert at a benefit for Montclair Film and told him how she related to the acclaimed film.
“Every woman in this room thinks about her weight, if only it were 10 pounds less. We are so judged by how we look … We inevitably allow ourselves to be the object of ‘What should I wear tonight?’ ‘Is my hair clean?’ You think about these things,” she began. “Men do not think about these things.”
Before she got her big break, Streep almost let her insecurities prevent her from becoming an actress: “There was no way I was gonna be a film actor. Never. … That wasn’t even an option … because my nose was too big … I’ve just seen ‘A Star Is Born’, and I so related to that.
“I’ll come upon a movie, and I’m in it, and I’m really young and very beautiful, and I’ll think, I was so unhappy, I thought my nose was too big, I thought I was fat… And I’ll think, What was I thinking?”
In “A Star Is Born”, Gaga’s character, Ally, convinces herself she would never become a singer because of her nose. But it all changes when Bradley Cooper’s character tells her it’s beautiful.
Gaga opened up about her similar experience while promoting the flick: “Before my first single ever came out, it was suggested I get a nose job, but I said ‘No.’ I love my Italian nose,” she told the Mirror. “If people wanted me to look like a sexpot, I would look like the opposite.”