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Meryl Streep's Advice to Aspiring Actresses Is Something Every Woman Can Learn From

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Everett Collection/REX USA (1886528j)
Meryl Streep
National Board of Review Awards, New York, America - 07 Jan 2014
Photograph by Everett Collection/REX USA

Recently, because she's amazing, Meryl Streep was presented with an honorary doctoral degree from Indiana University, where her sculptor husband, Don Gummer, once studied. After she finished earning her cap and gown, and was handed her very prestigious degree, she sat down with university professor Barbara Klinger. The chat that followed ranged from how Meryl got started in Hollywood to what advice she has for other young hopefuls who are just starting out. And it was that last bit of conversation that really made everyone's ears perk up. And for good reason.

As the two women chatted, Meryl proceeded to drop some major truth bombs about what female actresses in particular let stand in their way—and what they should just stop worrying about, already. Reading her words, though, it's easy to see how this advice transcends far beyond the confines of Hollywood. In fact, it's something we could all stand to remind ourselves (and our daughters) of on a daily basis:

"For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight," she says. "Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way, and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now, I don’t."

Yep. Simple, honest words that we should all probably tape to our mirrors or something.

Kudos to Meryl for reminding us that it's more than OK to be weird; in fact, being our own brand of weird is what makes us all so uniquely awesome.

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