Meryl Streep on the first Golden Globe she accepted: 'I did it one-handed, covering my breasts'

‘Boom! I started to lactate! In a white silk dress!’ the Hollywood star tells Graham Norton

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

Meryl Streep has opened up about her first experience of the Golden Globes, in which she started lactating during the awards ceremony and was forced to cross her arms over her chest and accept her award “one-handed, while covering my breasts”.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Streep admitted that her current Golden Globe nomination is her 29th. Recounting her first experience of the awards ceremony, she said was a “little afternoon event recorded on CCTV for the LA County area [in the US] only,” which started at lunchtime and went on “forever”.

But the actress, who has won eight Golden Globes over the course of her career, said she was breastfeeding at the time and the length of the ceremony caused her to have an “embarrassing” moment when she accepted her award.



“I was there for Kramer vs Kramer just after giving birth to my first child. In those days they didn’t lend dresses and I didn’t have any money to buy something so I wore my wedding dress,” she said.

“It was a perfectly nice white silk dress, but the luncheon went on and I was breastfeeding and two o’clock came, three o’clock came, and boom! I started to lactate. In a white silk dress.

“It was not good and I sat with my arms crossed over my chest, they called my name and I walked to the stage with my arms crossed and accepted the award one-handed, while still covering my breasts. They must have thought I was so odd. It was so embarrassing. But only to LA County – no one else saw!” she said on the show.

Streep appears on The Graham Norton Show at 10:35pm on Friday 9 January, BBC One, alongside Mark Ruffalo, James McAvoy and Hozier.