The Pretty Woman star feels privileged to work with the Iron Lady star, and was in awe of her.
Roberts, 46, plays Streep’s on-screen daughter Barbara in the gritty comedy drama. She was forced to push the 64-year-old star – who plays Violet Weston – to the ground in one scene, and she was full of guilt for doing it, Roberts told a leading magazine in an interview.
“It was horrible, I felt terrible every time. I was so worried about hurting her and she was such an incredible trouper. We did the scene for like an entire day. We’re both bruised up and battered and I was like, ‘Look at this! Oh my God, I’m just beating up Meryl Streep!’ But she never said a word and she is secretly icing her swelling wrist, like nothing happened. She’s asking me, ‘What’s happening to you?’ She’s more concerned about others and she has a lot more endurance than I do. I love her,” Roberts said.
“Well, she is the best there is. She is really phenomenal and to watch her up close doing her thing – you’re in awe. I, like, everyone asked myself, ‘Where does it come from? How does she think of this stuff?’ To get to watch that up close and to see her be a real-life person, actually working really hard to be that great, it was a privilege.”