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  • Meryl Streep said she and her family just "wept" after learning about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death
  • Streep revealed they felt "the fires come around" them after Ginsburg's death
  • The actress will be seen next in "The Prom" along with Nicole Kidman and Kerry Washington

Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has opened up about how she reacted to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, revealing that her family cried together as they mourned the death of an iconic personality.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 71-year-old superstar said that she was “lucky” to have her daughters around at that time. Streep also shared that she and her family just “wept” after hearing the news.

“Well, I was lucky because I had my daughters with me here in Connecticut. The whole family was all together. We just wept. Because it wasn’t just the death of one extraordinary woman, we were feeling the fires come around us,” Streep said.

Later in the discussion, the “Post” star shared her thoughts on how the country has been progressing, saying that she hopes things will get back on track soon.

“The Bobcat Fire just seems to be surrounding all the advances of the late 20th century, in terms of gay rights, in terms of women, and the election of Barack Obama. All these markers that felt like signs of where we were going. All these markers that felt like signs of where we were going. And of course, history doesn’t move that way. It’s two steps forward, seven steps to the right. Maybe we’ll get back on track, I don’t know,” Streep said.

She also talked about her upcoming movie “The Prom,” in which she plays Dee Dee Allen, a theater artist whose career is going downward. When asked if she enjoyed playing a character who was is a bit of a narcissist, Streep said that she tried to “bring that part” of her forward.

“You’ve got to have some fun. This is based on a real thing that happened to kids in Indiana and has a happy ending, everything we dream of in 2020. I wanted to do it. So, the character is a big [explicit]. I tried very hard to bring that part of me forward,” Streep told the outlet

Apart from Streep, the movie also stars Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key, Jo Ellen Pellman and James Corden in pivotal roles.

The Prom” will be streaming on Netflix from Dec. 11. 

Meryl Streep Meryl Streep attends the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9, 2019 in Toronto. Photo: Jemal Countess/WireImage