Nora Ephron: The marriage of Julia and Paul Child almost never had a bad moment, I think. In her book she refers to a fight in a car after a party. You know, one fight in a near-50-year marriage, it’s practically irrelevant to most of us. It was a wild uncritical love. I am so not like that.
Streep: It’s something to aspire to.
Ephron: Were you nicer to your husband, Meryl? [Streep has been married to sculptor Don Gummer for 30 years.]
Streep: I’m always nice to him. But here’s what I think about that, in the wake of Susan Boyle [the unlikely TV star from Britain’s Got Talent]. When you’re playing romantic characters, a great part of my attention has to be that I look really attractive. Obviously you can’t play a romantic character if she’s not really pretty. What’s liberating about these characters is that there’s this huge throbbing love between two people who don’t look like our normal package of lovers. It made it more real and intimate because somehow those concerns were thrown away. If you’ve been married for a long time you love without looking. I don’t assess how my husband looks every single day and think, Is he cute enough or whatever? And I sure hope he doesn’t do it to me! [Laughs]
- (2009 Ladies’ Home Journal)