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Meryl Streep says she loves playing divas like her character in The Prom

The Prom star Meryl Streep has revealed she loves to play ‘diva’ characters because it is so far removed from her nature.

The iconic actress plays Dee Dee Allen, a fading theatre star who travels to a small town to help a lesbian student who has been banned from attending prom with her girlfriend in order to boost her public image with some easy PR.

After proving there isn’t a single role she can’t nail in her illustrious career, the Hollywood legend explained why divas like Dee Dee are her favorite.

The 71-year-old joked: ‘It was such a stretch playing someone so vain and so overreactive, a big fat narcissist. I don’t know where I pulled it from.

‘I love playing that character. I am all of those things probably but I am not a diva and those are big shoes for me.’

She added: ‘I loved playing someone who walks in and thinks she owns the room. Of course, she doesn’t, but I loved that kind of fun. Everybody takes the piss out of her all through and that was fun too.’

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Meryl stars as a dramatic Broadway star in Ryan Murphy’s musical adaptation (Picture: MELINDA SUE GORDON/NETFLIX)

When asked if she took inspiration from famous names in real life, Meryl teased: ‘I pulled inspiration from all of my [diva] friends and not just the women.

‘Needless to say, there’s a big argument that that biggest divas are playing on the other team. I loved it and this cast was magic.’

The actress proved she truly is too humble to be a diva when she became embarrassed later in the chat after co-star Keegan-Michael Key called her ‘the greatest actor of an entire generation.’

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The Prom also stars Nicole Kidman, James Corder, and Keegan-Michael Key (Picture: MELINDA SUE GORDON/NETFLIX)

When Keegan stated, ‘I’m a sports guys so I have to compare Meryl to Tom Brady’ the actress joked: ‘Well, my footballs are a bit deflated.’

Meryl and James Corden star as two former Broadway stars – Dee Dee and Barry Glickman – who seize the opportunity to resurrect their public image after learning about a high school student who has been banned from attending her prom with her girlfriend.

They enlist Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Andrew Randalls) to help them support student Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) who – despite the support of the high school principal (Key) – has been banned from going to prom with her girlfriend Alyssa (Ariana DeBose) by Mrs. Greene (Kerry Washington) the head of the PTA.

However, their self-serving activism is set to backfire on them, and the four has-been stars rally to give Emma a night where she can celebrate who she is.

The Prom soundtrack is out on December 4 and on CD on December 18.

Credit: Original article published here.

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