Meryl Streep could go unrecognized before 'The Devil Wears Prada'

Meryl Streep in 'The Devil Wears Prada' directed by David Frankel 2006 Featuring: Meryl Streep When: 19 Sep 2006 Credit:

Meryl Streep could go unrecognized for years until "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Mama Mia!" turned her into "a celebrity."

The veteran actress has scored a number of Academy Award nominations and won for Sophie's Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer in the 1980s but the general public still had no idea who she was when off-duty.

She managed to remain under the radar for 30 years until she starred in 2006's The Devil Wears Prada and movie musical Mamma Mia! in 2008, after which she could no longer step out without being spotted by fans.

"There was a change that happened after The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia and the sky came down on me," she told U.K. talk show host Graham Norton. "I used to be able to float about between characters and somehow things changed. Everything was much bigger and I became a celebrity rather than an actress - there's a difference. Everyone is really kind but it just gives you hyper self-awareness, which is not the greatest thing."

However, she managed to remain anonymous during the filming of The Iron Lady when she went out dressed as British politician Margaret Thatcher.

"It was fantastic - no one recognised or noticed me," she adds. "I was a little old lady and invisible in a way. I thought it was great at first and then I thought it was awful."

During the interview, Meryl reveals she isn't fan of her performance in The French Lieutenant's Woman although it earned her an Oscar nomination. She explains, "I was young and new at it and I wasn't living the role... You always want to do better after the fact."

The 66-year-old has shot a number of films in the U.K., including her upcoming movie Florence Foster Jenkins, and she enjoys watching British programmes about housing, including Grand Designs, Homes Under the Hammer and cooking competition Come Dine With Me which she describes as "fabulous."

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