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Meryl Streep talks about her role as Florence Foster Jenkins

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

meryl streep interview Florence Foster Jenkins

If you haven’t yet seen Florence Foster Jenkins…it’s not too late. Starring Meryl Streep  as Florence and Hugh Grant as her husband, it follows the rise (and fall) of socialite Florence, who believes she can sing and realises her ambition to sing at Carnegie Hall – with not quite the reception she had anticipated.

Here is what Meryl had to say about playing this fascinating character!

The film is full of humour and warmth. Meryl Steep as always is superb, and Hugh Grant, despite all his character’s faults , is still likeable as Florence’s husband. As he says in the film ‘Ours is a very happy home’ ….despite his lifestyle which most would find difficult to condone, although as the film progresses you become more sympathetic towards his situation !

I saw the French version of this film (Marguerite)  ahead of going to see Florence Foster Jenkins.. I far preferred Florence Foster Jenkins. It conveys more warmth, more humour, and more respect and understanding of Florence….and her husband.

Meryl Streep is terrific….surely you have to be good to be able to sing that badly!

What the film does show is the value in following your dream, and the support that may come from the unlikeliest people.

A fabulous film to watch as the autumn nights start to draw in.

Florence Foster Jenkins is out on digital HD 29th August and on Blu-ray and DVD from 5th September.



Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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