How to Really Interview a Hollywood Celebrity

For The Daily Beast’s membership drive, we’re asking our reporters and editors to tell the stories behind some of their biggest stories.

Sitting on a shelf in my apartment is a 3-year-old bottle of Fiji water that Meryl Streep handed me when I interviewed her for her Oscar-nominated role in Florence Foster Jenkins, a film that required perhaps her greatest stretch yet: playing a woman with no talent. I would have that water bottle bronzed if I could afford it, but as it stands it is a memento of the most rewarding part of this beat, which is forging a human connection with people we had previously put on pedestals and bringing them back down to earth for our readers to get to know.

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