At the 27th annual ceremony of Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Awards in New York on Nov. 16, it was revealed that Meryl Streep and Cher fought off a violent attacker together.
Streep revealed in her speech two instances of physical violence in her life and Cher was involved in one of them.
“I do know something about real terror — the two times in my life when I was threatened and dealt with real physical violence, I learned something about life that I wouldn’t have known otherwise and I was lucky because my instincts served me well.”
“In one instance, I played dead and waited until the blows stopped — watching like people say you do from about 50 feet above from where I was beaten.” Streep added “And in the second instance, someone else was being abused and I just went completely nuts and went after this man. Ask Cher — she was there. And the thug ran away, it was a miracle.”
The Oscar winner added that she was “bit I changed by these events at a cellular level because women do know something particular about coming to the danger place.” She explained, “We come to it disadvantaged through the many millennia preceding our present moment and because of our vulnerability we anticipate danger we expect it, we’re hyper-alert it.”
Watch the full speech below:
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