If you’ve been wondering why — in the midst of the #MeToo movement that has become a cultural phenomenon since the Harvey Weinstein accusations broke in early October — we’ve heard nothing from the first lady and first daughter about sexual misconduct, you’re not alone. Big screen legend Meryl Streep also thinks Melania and Ivanka Trump should be speaking out about the national movement, she told The New York Times in wide-ranging interview.
“I don’t want to hear about the silence of me,” the three-time Oscar winner, who has found herself the subject of criticism in recent weeks, said. “I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.”
The remarks came in an interview alongside Tom Hanks, her co-star in her latest film, The Post, in which she portrays the legendary and late publisher of The Washington Post, Katharine Graham. Speaking more broadly on the initial shockwaves sent through the industry by the Weinstein revelations, Streep said she was startled at how quickly people were clamoring for her to weigh in. “I don’t have a Twitter thing or — handle, whatever. And I don’t have Facebook. I really had to think. Because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person he was, yet such a champion of really great work.”
Streep continued about Weinstein, in response to a question about whether she knew of his abusive behavior. “Well, honestly for me in terms of Harvey, I really didn’t know. I did think he was having girlfriends. But when I heard rumors about actresses, I thought that that was a way of denigrating the actress and her ability to get the job,” Streep said. “That really raised my hackles. I didn’t know that he was in any way abusing people. He never asked me to a hotel room. I don’t know how his life was conducted without people intimately knowing about it.”
Streep went to to discuss a tense moment she had with Dustin Hoffman on the set of the 1979 film Kramer vs. Kramer, her first movie, in which Hoffman slapped her, and Hanks closed the discussion by explaining why the two film icons had never worked together on a film until now.
Read the full interview at The New York Times.