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made me laugh and it shocked me,” the ac­tress told re­porters in Paris where the film had its French pre­miere last Thurs­day.

Streep said ac­tors were sup­posed to rel­ish play­ing dif­fi­cult char­ac­ters, but that the “re­al­ity is that where it be­gins, where it em­anates from is a very un­pleas­ant place.”

“She has cancer in her mouth. She chooses to smoke con­stantly in the face of that, she has chemo­ther­apy ... she’s a drug ad­dict ... it’s all a toxic mix, a nasty place to live.”

But she added that it was also lib­er­at­ing “to play a per­son who says ex­actly what she thinks, never with a cover, never, never be­ing nice, no thought of diplo­macy. So, that’s a won­der­ful free feel­ing“.

Streep said she was thrilled at the Os­car nom­i­na­tion and that people were “still will­ing to look at my work and to look at it fresh”.

“That is the most un­be­liev­able thing, that they are not tired of me yet or of my work, so I’m very happy about that. Very grat­i­fied,” she said.

Roberts plays one of Streep’s daugh­ters in the film and has also been nom­i­nated for a best sup­port­ing ac­tress for her role.

Other nom­i­nees in this year’s best ac­tress cat­e­gory are Amy Adams for Amer­i­can hus­tle, Cate Blanchett for Blue Jas­mine, San­dra Bul­lock for Grav­ity and Judi Dench for Philom­ena.

Streep won best ac­tress Os­cars for Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011); she was named best sup­port­ing ac­tress for Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979). – AFP

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