Greta Gerwig reveals her terror over directing icon Meryl Streep in Little Women

She is the acclaimed director whose latest film Little Women has become one of the best reviewed movies of the year.

And Greta Gerwig has candidly discussed her fears over directing Meryl Streep in the film along with making a candid revelation about motherhood in a new interview with Elle UK. 

The Lady Bird star 36, said she was left 'terrified' at the prospect of directing the three-time Oscar winner, 70, but the experience of working with the icon who played Aunt March, 'forced her to be better.'

Candid: Greta Gerwig has candidly discussed her fears over directing Meryl Streep in the film along with making a candid revelation about motherhood in a new interview with Elle UK

Candid: Greta Gerwig has candidly discussed her fears over directing Meryl Streep in the film along with making a candid revelation about motherhood in a new interview with Elle UK

She said: 'Oh, I was terrified as a director, because what am I going to say to her? She's so smart and she knows more about how films are made than anyone. 

'There were a couple of lines I wrote to get a character from A to B, inelegantly, and you know when Meryl asks, "Now why do I say that?" you'd better have a f*****g good answer. 

'It's intimidating, but it forces you to be better. Unfortunately, it's uncomfortable to get better, because it means you have to look like an idiot in front of her. But she's fabulous.' 

Discussing the process behind turning Little Women into a film, she added: 'It made me cry, both while I was writing it and then making it. 

Nerves: The Lady Bird star 36, said she was left 'terrified' at the prospect of directing the three-time Oscar winner, 70 (pictured at the Golden Globes with Adam Driver)

Nerves: The Lady Bird star 36, said she was left 'terrified' at the prospect of directing the three-time Oscar winner, 70 (pictured at the Golden Globes with Adam Driver)

'Now I have no feelings left. Little Women feels as personal as anything I'll ever make. 

'Everyone who works with me can attest to this – I go into a zone where I don't wash or return calls and I go feral. 

'I can go into hyperfocus as well as becoming more scattered. I like things that have a great deal of pressure and a lot of deadlines, because I need it.'    

Greta made her solo directorial debut in 2017 with the acclaimed Lady Bird, which she also wrote.

Role: She said: 'Oh, I was terrified as a director, because what am I going to say to her? She's so smart and she knows more about how films are made than anyone' (above, Streep as Aunt March)

Role: She said: 'Oh, I was terrified as a director, because what am I going to say to her? She's so smart and she knows more about how films are made than anyone' (above, Streep as Aunt March)

Previously, she was best known for her acting work in

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