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Meryl Streep’s famous co-star is terrified of her

“I would wake up in the middle of the night screaming sometimes, thinking ‘I have to do hard emotional scenes against Meryl Streep’.”

One famous actor has admitted that in the year leading up to working with Meryl Streep on a new film, he was terrified of her.

So who is it?

Hugh Grant!

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In a new film called Florence Foster Jenkins about a tone-deaf operatic soprano, Grant played the role of Streep’s common-law husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield.

At the world premiere of the movie in London, Grant and Streep cuddled up to each other in photos, but it wasn't always like that for Hugh and the Oscar-winning actress.

“I was terrified of her really, and I signed up a year before we shot so I had a whole year of being frightened,” Hugh said.

“I would wake up in the middle of the night screaming sometimes, thinking ‘I have to do hard emotional scenes against Meryl Streep. You have to raise your game.’”

He added: “She’s such an icon, it’s very odd to be in her orbit at all.”

The film is based on a true story. Despite facing mockery and criticism for her not-so-great voice, Jenkins sold out New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Grant says this ‘underdog’ theme might pull audiences in.

“Someone pointed out to me the other day that in things like Britain’s Got Talent they love the people that are really bad almost better than the people who are really good, so hopefully there is an audience for this film here,” he said.

“I can’t see how she wouldn’t have won, she really was a sensation in her day.”

“It’s quite something to fill Carnegie Hall when you can’t sing a note,” he continued.

Watch the trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins

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