"I remember as I was hovering around 40, I thought each movie would be my last, really," the highly decorated actress admitted. "And all the evidence of other 40-year-old women at that time -- this is 27 years ago -- would lead you to believe it was over.”
Streep, now 67, has defied those odds, and, in doing so, has helped to pave the way for many other actresses, though she notes she didn't purposefully intend to do so. Instead, the work just kept coming.
“On a certain level you don’t have any choice -- you’re unhappy if you’re not doing it, so you’re compelled in a certain way. And if you’re lucky you can keep working,” she said.
Streep has certainly had that "luck," but has nonetheless remained incredibly in touch with reality.
"But everybody has troughs and dismal times -- every single person," she added.
Streep also confessed that despite the recent popularity of social media memes featuring the actress, she "[doesn't] even know what that means."
"People have too much time on their hands,” Streep said of the pictures. “We need to create more jobs!”