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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - Meryl Streep Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. Do you have any phobias yourself you care to confess?
A.
Do I have any forebears?
Q. Phobias!
A.
What's the matter with these people [laughter]. Well, I think with this character, it makes manifest a lot of the fears that are rampant at home now. It's just taking it to the extreme. Yeah, I have a lot of well-informed fear, but I'm not paranoid, I'm right!
Q. What are you not paranoid about then?
A.
Ah well, you know, you can't talk about these things if you're a New Yorker, and living as I do so close to the World Trade Center site, and being out on the street that day, without thinking, or being scared about what's next? But I think my fears are probably well founded.

Q. What were the books you read as a kid that gave you inspiration?
A.
Well, there was a series of books called the Nancy Drew Mystery Series. And I just loved them. There weren't very many books with girl protagonists in the old days, when I was a child, so that was one. And she was fantastic.

Q. How do you deal with an unfortunate event in my life?
A.
I guess denial, denial, denial, and then moving on to forget about it. I've always gotten up every morning in a good mood, and then it just sort of goes downhill from there. [laughs]
Jim Carrey: But it's funny, though, how sometimes these things that are the worst things that you think could ever happen to you, actually, later on, you're doing a part or something like that and you go 'actually, I could not do this if I didn't go through that'.
Streep: Oh that's very true! And the people that say 'this is an opportunity', this sad thing, this is a door opening to something new and different that you wouldn't have signed up for, necessarily.
Carrey: It's one of the weird things you do to yourself, being an actor, it's like you almost, you don't invite it, you don't want negativity, it's just when it's happening, there's a part of you that's going 'interesting'. We were talking about that last night that certain actors, in the middle of sobbing, will stop and go 'hold on, one second, I want to see what that looks like'!

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