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Sharon Stone addresses viral comments about Meryl Streep

Sharon Stone has addressed her comments on Meryl Streep (Picture: Rex/Getty)

Sharon Stone has clarified her comments about Meryl Streep, after fans were left shocked at her remarks on the actress.

The Basic Instinct star had the internet up in arms, after speaking out on ‘Meryl Streep iconography’ and pointing out that there are plenty of actresses who are just as talented as the Devil Wears Prada star, 72.

Explaining what she meant on Twitter, Sharon said: ‘To be clear; Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actors of all times. Just not to the exclusion of others.’

Sharon, 63, caused mixed reactions during an interview with Everything Zoomer last month in which interviewer Johanna Schneller ‘lobbed a softball reference’ about Sharon writing in her memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, about working with Meryl on 2019 film The Laundromat.

In it, Sharon writes about how women are pitted against each other, with Schneller mentioning it in their chat before saying, ‘So when you finally got to work with Meryl Streep, you realised –’.

Sharon is said to reply: ‘I like the way you phrase that, that I finally got to work with Meryl Streep. You didn’t say, “Meryl finally got to work with Sharon Stone”. Or we finally got to work together.’

She continued: ‘”Everyone wants to work with Meryl”. I wonder if she likes that?’

‘The way you structured the question is very much the answer to the question,’ the star added. ‘The business was set up that we should all envy and admire Meryl because only Meryl got to be the good one. And everyone should compete against Meryl. I think Meryl is an amazingly wonderful woman and actress. But in my opinion, quite frankly, there are other actresses equally as talented as Meryl Streep. The whole Meryl Streep iconography is part of what Hollywood does to women.’

Sharon then rattled off names: ‘Viola Davis is every bit the actress Meryl Streep is. Emma Thompson. Judy Davis. Olivia Colman. Kate Winslet, for f***’s sake. But you say Meryl and everybody falls on the floor.’

Meryl starred alongside Sharon in The Laundromat (Picture: Getty)

The star then went on to say she is a ‘much better villain’ than Streep, adding she was ‘sure she’d say so’.

She added: ‘But we’re all set up to think that only Meryl… is so amazing… that when you say her name… it must have been amazing… for me to work… with her.’

Sharon wasn’t done, as she noted: ‘We’re all labelled the Queen of Something. I’m the Queen of Smut! She’s the Queen of That! We all have to sit in our assigned seats. Are you kidding me? If we worked in a supermarket, she can’t always be the No. 1 checkout girl. We’re all doing our jobs. Everybody gets to get better, and everybody gets to sometimes have that not great a day. Even … Meryl.’

While some fans argued against Sharon’s comments, others agreed with her.

Safe to say, with their amazing careers, anyone would be lucky to work with either of them!

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