Is Meryl Streep rolling her eyes at Julia Roberts’ ‘childish diva antics’ on set?

Have you ever heard Meryl Streep talk about women and the female experience and women’s history and women’s rights and feminism? She’s really into all things womanity. She’s ballsy, smart, dedicated, tough, educated, and political, and she doesn’t apologize for being any of those things. And most people don’t have any problems with her either, because A) she is one of America’s Greatest Treasures and B) she actually seems like a lovely woman in general. The only time anyone has dared to say anything negative about her, it was in the Enquirer, and it sounded like one of her neighbors who was just flat-out jealous of Meryl’s Awesomeness. Other than that, Meryl has proven time and time again that she’s the kind of person who puts her money and time where her mouth is, and that she’ll stand up for women’s rights in particular. Basically, Meryl loves ladies.

But what if Meryl had to go head-to-head with one of the biggest divas out there? What if there was some kind of psychological cage-match between Meryl Streep and… Julia Roberts? What if Julia thought she was (GASP) equal to Meryl?!?

Cast and crew can’t stop rolling their eyes at the diva antics of Julia Roberts, who plays Meryl’s daughter in their new flick, “August: Osage County.”

On location in Oklahoma, both Academy Award-winning stars get fancy-schmancy contract perks like daily flowers in their dressing trailers, special gourmet meals, flat-screen TVs, high-end sound systems, exclusive hair and makeup people, etc. – but when Julia arrived, she instantly bitched that Meryl’s dressing trailer was better than hers and demanded a new one.

“That made Julia happy for about five minutes,” reports my roving reporter, Onda Settalott.

“But then she complained that Meryl’s trailer was closer to the actual set than hers. That really made everyone groan – it was closer by just a few FEET!

“But Julia insisted, so the crew were summoned to make her trailer exactly even with Meryl’s. It’s been one thing after another with Julia, but Meryl just smiles and never says a word. She’s a total pro and won’t let herself get caught up in what she’s privately called ‘childish antics.’ ”

(But things are never equal: Meryl’s won three Oscars, with a whopping 17 nominations; Julia’s won once, with three nominations.)

[From The Enquirer]

So that’s how Meryl rolls. When faced with a wall of narcissism and diva antics, Meryl responds with an eye roll and a mutter, “Such childish antics.” Now, do I 100% believe this? Eh. I definitely think Julia is capable of acting like this. I definitely think that in Julia’s mind, she is always and will always be the biggest star EVER and everyone should act accordingly. But isn’t Meryl Streep the exception to all of that? Doesn’t everyone genuflect and bow down in the presence of Meryl Streep?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. alons-y alonso says:

    Streep is an amazing actress and she oozes sophistications, education and class. Her tagline should simply be:
    ‘I’m Meryl Streep. Your argument is invalid’

  2. carrie says:

    Julia looks childish here
    i know Roberts can be very jealous and temperal on set (against Cameron Diaz for example) but honestly against Meryl Streep…. it’s ridiculous!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Julia Roberts is diva-ish?! Some women radiate being a diva (ie Mariah Carey, Diana Ross) but Julia Roberts?! Isn’t she the one who moved to a small town in Arizona, who talked about making her own soap, who named one of her kids Phinnaeus?

    Sorry Julia, Meryl deserves all the extra special star treatment she gets…

  4. mk yarwood says:

    It’s probably not as crazy as that.

  5. LooLoo says:

    I was thinking ‘eh, can’t be true’ but then I remembered this is a woman who used a message on a t-shirt to mean girl the boyfriend’s soon-to-be ex-wife.

  6. the original bellaluna says:

    All I know is I will BOW DOWN to Meryl Streep. The woman is simply AMAZING.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    Lol, is that laughing photo Meryl doing a Julia Roberts laugh impression?
    This sounds a little exaggerated but I can see Julia being a diva. However when the other person is Meryl you should just not do it!

  8. GoodCapon says:

    Doesn’t Julia have a history of being a diva on set? (I just realized I might as well be talking about every other major Hollywood actor/actress here :D )

  9. Laura says:

    Ah Julia Roberts, never did like you much. She’s not as good of an actress as she thinks …
    There are many reports floating around that she is actually one of the biggest divas out there, but I guess the public turn a blind eye since she was America’s sweetheart.

  10. aang says:

    Julia Roberts plays slightly different versions of the same character in every film. I think she is incapable of actually acting and I can’t stand the stupid surprised
    laugh she does. Why is she even in the same movie as Streep?

  11. ahoyhoy says:

    The only way Julia Roberts is believable as Meryl Streep’s daughter, is if the father is played by a honking baboon’s butt.

  12. dcypher1 says:

    All hail queen meryl. Were not worthy. In my best waynes world impression.

  13. Christine says:

    Just when I think I couldn’t love Meryl Streep more…she reacts like the classy, elegant professional she is. I despise JR, her egoism, bitchiness, arrogance, all of it. She has NO talent, and I can’t stand seeing her on film. jR is always JR playing JR. Meryl embodies a character and I don’t see her, I see the character she’s playing.

  14. Miss Lafleur says:

    Julia Roberts is soooo OVERATED!

  15. shixa says:

    WHY is JR still getting work in 2012 and HOW was she lucky enough to to snag a job with Streep?

    She must have the best PR team in the business because she has no talent and has a horrible reputation that has *been* horrible close to 20 years!

  16. Darlene says:

    There are very, very few celebrities I just deep-down dislike, and Julia Roberts is one of them. I used to LURVE her, but as she’s gotten older, her true colors have shown.

    • Lake Mom says:

      I’m with you, Darlene. I used to like Julia Roberts but as the years have gone, I find her more and more loathsome. Oddly enough, when Meryl Streep first came on the scene, I never liked her much but now I adore her. She seems to be as level-headed and down-to-earth as she is talented.

  17. Dredz says:

    I’m so baffled at Lancome’s decision to hire her. Really, with that horsey face and surfboard body. It actually put me off from buying the Lancome scent which she’s spokesperson of. I wonder why they didn’t hire Sophie Marceau or Eva Green for example.

  18. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Without yet having read anything, my answer is a resounding YES …

    *scrolls back up to article*

    And indeed, I was right.

  19. hoya_chick says:

    I’m more offended they have Meryl playing her mother. How old is Julia like 46? I guess. I never liked Julia Roberts, she is the female Tom Cruise. Over the top, annoying laugh and think they are more talented than they are.

  20. aims says:

    meryl is the best. nobody can touch her. julia strikes me as a total bitch. julia, shut your mouth for once. you have a chance to learn things from an amazing woman, don’t pass it up.

  21. bea says:

    I don’t like Meryl’s giant belt with that red dress.

    I second the emotion that Meryl is da bomb and Julia is a wannabe.

  22. Nev says:

    Meryl has a attitude too got sure. No doubt.

  23. Whatever says:

    Julia is not that good an actress, they should dump her and get someone more fit to play this role. Like a true talented actress.

  24. Nava says:

    We are ALL rolling our eyes at Ms. Roberts.

  25. Izzards Chick says:

    how the heckitty heck did Meryl let herself be cast as this old lady’s mother??????

  26. Aubra says:

    …aint nobody got time for that!

  27. Sarah says:

    Yeah, and Meryl Streep is going to act rings around her and Julia will look like amateur community theater next to the master. /bitchery

  28. Jocelyn says:

    She was tagged as America’s sweetheart, but I’ve read so many stories about how big of a bitch she is in real life.

    From many people who interview her to many people who work with her, so this is not a shocking story.

    And YEAH, she did get with a married man. She just isn’t persecuted for it like some others are.

  29. Jennifer says:

    I have never thought Ms. Julia was a great actress. Ever. I know there are people out there who will be all like, WHAAA?” but really, she isn’t that great. Meryl Streep on the other hand is awesomeness. Just total class and excellence.

    As Potsy said, “Sit on it” Julia.

    • Jen says:

      It looks like everyone commenting here thinks the same as you. Roberts is not that great of an actress and behaves like a little snot everywhere she goes. Not likeable and not beautiful. Pretty, maybe, but not beautiful.

      Kramer vs. Kramer = AMAZING.

  30. lower-case deb says:

    seriously Enquirer. Seriously?
    or at least upgrade your TotalPro random name generator software.

    another day, another “total pro” quote.

    July 20, 2012
    Enquirer, the Portman and Bale Edition
    “But since she’s too much of a professional to actually quit, she’s quietly trying to come to terms with his unbearable behavior,”

    October 12, 2012
    Enquirer: the Riley and Friends Edition
    “The situation has gotten so nasty that Lisa Marie Presley’s distraught 23-year-old daughter “would walk out” if she wasn’t such a dedicated pro”

    fast forward to today:
    Enquirer: Streep-teased Roberts
    “but Meryl just smiles and never says a word. She’s a total pro”

    either Hollywood is just a place full of pros and the occasional bitch,

  31. Christian says:

    Totally believe this. Was never a fan of Julia Roberts’ movies and I’ve read TONS of accounts of her being a total c*nt. Girl should be happy she’s still getting roles.

  32. Loulou says:

    This reminds me of an interview with co-stars at the time Catherine Deneuve and Fanny Ardant where Deneuve kept hogging the interview, even answering questions aimed at Ardant and Ardant just sat there grinning. Not an edifying moment for Deneuve…

  33. j.eyre says:

    I have a feeling if Meryl Streep rolled her eyes, it would be the best eye-roll ever delivered and the world would simply stop doing them out of respect.

  34. Jayna says:

    Julia “had” something really special on screen when she was younger. She stood out. Her eyes could really deliver emotion in a way that someone like Jennifer Anistons’ can’t. But she was only great on some roles and wooden or flat on others. She was awful in that movie with Nick Nolte. When she tried to clamp down on that sparkle she had and be serious it for the most part came across flat, like Nottingham Hill during the serious parts, oh, Julia the sad serious actress. Though, I did love her in that movie where she was abused. She was excellent in the whole beginning of that movie where Patrick Bergin dominated her as a husband. I loved her in that movie where she was the second wife with Susan Sarandon. She had something in those movies. I will always love her in Pretty Woman.

    But when she sparkled on screen she
    was amazing. As a more mature actress I find her lacking. That young sparkle is gone and no great acting talent to carry her on. She looked dowdy in that Eat, Pray and Love movie. Who picked out her clothes? She was so wooden in Closer, the one with Clive Owen, Natalie Portman, Jude Law. They were all excellent. She ruined the movie because I couldn’t believe one man, much less two were fighting over her, she flatlined in her acting so much. She refused to show any of her charm and she isn’t really sexy.

  35. vvy says:

    Julia is old news. Did you see Eat Pray Love? Great book, horrible movie, and she was horrible in it. She hasn’t got ‘it’ anymore, whereas Meryl just gets better and better. Julia needs to just calm down and realize she’s just a human being who is no better than any other human being. In fact, I rate actors low on the scale, way behind teachers and nurses.

    • Jayna says:

      I don’t believe this silly Enquirer story. But I agree with you regarding Eat, Pray, Love. She was fine in the beginning, but boring later. All I could think of during the movie as it went along was how great someone like Julianne Moore would have been in it. And the outfit in Italy when she was strolling down the street was horrendous. It was so dowdy.

  36. Feebee says:

    The only thing that would make this more amusing was if Meryl had asked for a fancier trailer that was a few feet closer to the set because it would drive Roberts crazy. She’s above that of course but I’m not.

  37. d says:

    A John Malcovitch-Julia Roberts b!tch-off would make my day.

    Malcovitch would win, hands-down. Not that I have anything against him. He’s a great actor and really interesting. He’s got the talent, so if he’s beeyatch-y every now and then, that’s ok by me. Roberts on the other hand, just seems mean. I’ve seen her made those quick, cutting remarks often enough to people without cause. She’s THAT person we all know, on top of being the typical deep-down insecure actress imo. I don’t get the impression that she’s a sweetheart at all. Wouldn’t want to hang around her…always has to have the upper hand, be better than you, make the snappy (but beneath it, mean) remarks, and so on. Exhausting.

  38. Grumm says:

    I don’t believe this one. Nobody believes stuff from enquirer except losers. Julia has famously loved Meryl. She even made a video wherein she sings with Meryl for agent Kevin huvane.

    • Jayna says:

      I agree. Ten percent of the celeb stories are true in the Enquirer from “sources” probably. Julia would be deferential to Meryl. Working with her would be an honor.

    • Bitca says:

      Even b*tches gotta have a break, I guess. When Malkovich was fairly hot A-list in film, my mom had a small role w/him in a legit play (can’t recall if it was Bway or off).

      She liked him enormously. He was respectful & friendly; no condescending ‘I’m a Star & too important to talk to YOU’ number; delightfully intelligent; & just a good colleague. Granted, mom was *not* wild about his performance.

      Her sole complaint was that the director was too busy crushing on the juvenile to bother giving JM the essential Malkovich notes about toning down the scenery-chewing ;)

  39. di says:

    Ever hear of Eat, Pray and Quit Your Bitchin’?

  40. Neener says:

    I once asked a celebrity columnist for a major city paper who the nicest people were in Hollywood, and who was the worst. She said hands down, Julia Roberts was one of the nastiest people she encountered in her interviews..

  41. StaCat1 says:

    She’s Meryl “freakin” Streep- the golden standard. There is a difference between a great actor and a movie star.

    Meryl is THE actor other actors revere. Julia- for all her money- is still Tinkerbell to Streep’s Iron Lady!

  42. Grace says:

    Julia needs to use those lips to kiss the ground and thank the divine for letting her in the same room with the Goddess Meryl. She knows she will never be talented enough to earn a true diva title.
    Have a seat Julia and accept your mediocrity. You’re done.

  43. skuddles says:

    Roberts is completely delusional if she thinks she’s anywhere near the same level as Meryl Streep. She’s just lucky to still be getting work – and especially to be working alongside someone as amazing as Streep.

  44. Mew says:

    Julia Roberts can’t even act. Or, maybe being diva is all she knows how to act.

  45. Wow! says:

    A friend of mine worked on the set of “The Mexican” as an extra. One day Julia threw a fit and threw a fruit bowl, because it didn’t consist of the EXACT fruit that Julia wanted. Oh yea, and this is the same set that she went after the very married Danny Moder…with a vengeance. He spent more time in her trailer than her assistant, if you get my drift….

  46. ViloDeMenus says:

    I guess when you have a braying laugh you believe you rule the world. Sadly Julia doesn’t have have the talent Meryl has in her baby toe, plus Julia is really a dreadful person, so Meryl will always win hands down. Meryl is classy, and Julia is everyone’s sloppy seconds – or is that her husband, I forget…

  47. Boxy Lady says:

    The sad thing is that her brother Eric is a pretty good actor but he doesn’t get high profile roles anymore. He was nominated for an Oscar for Star 80 if I’m not mistaken and the last thing I saw him in was The Finder, that TV show Michael Clarke Duncan starred in right before he died.

  48. Jennifer12 says:

    Meryl, Helen Mirren- true queens. Julia Roberts was hot 20 years ago and has convinced herself that she’s an icon based on “Pretty Woman”, compared to, say, “Silkwood”. She’s known as a bitch and a diva and Lainey has written about it extensively.

  49. Quinn says:

    I hope Meryl uses some of her Miranda Priestly bitchface on her.

  50. jessiesgirl says:

    I’m Julia Roberts, move that trailer!

  51. East LA Mario says:

    Wasn’t there a rumor that she refuses to work with black actors? Has she ever had a black co-star?

  52. caley mcguire says:

    Julia is yesterday’s news. Streep has proven to be timeless. Roberts is fortunate to still get roles.

  53. carly says:

    Denzel Washington. The Pelican Brief.

  54. Sugar says:

    Meryl received a letter waaaay back from Bette Davis who praised her acting & saw in her her greatness as an actress Meryl speaks about it in a tribute to the great Bette Davis. I think if Bette were around today she would be just as proud if not more of her & I would love to hear her speak her mind on the likes of the Julia & co ( there are so many)

  55. Kath says:

    Can you imagine how awesome it would be to have Meryl as your mum?

  56. Annie B says:

    If I remember correctly Julia Roberts played up so badly during the making of Hook, that they called her character TinkerHELL …

  57. Liza Jane says:

    Strangely,my daughter stayed in the same apartment building in Montreal that Julia was living in with her kids whilst filming MirrorMirror! She bumped into her several times and said she was just lovely,her kids were having play dates with other kids in the building and everyone loved her there! Maybe she is OK when parenting and not filming! Dunno!

  58. Ava says:

    Julia Roberts is not a great actress –regardless of an Oscar. Debbie Reynolds is one of the GREATEST Hollywood Actresses EVER, starred or co-starred in Hollywood Classics – “Singing in the Rain”, Unsinkable Molly Brown” to name a few. A great comedian, singer, dancer, actress . . .Roberts has no depth. BORING. OK, never thought she was anything but a C+ actress. MERYL STREEP is light years beyond Roberts, who will never be anything but a popular actress. In fact, her brother Eric Roberts is 1,000 better than Julia –watch him in “King of the Gypsies”. Brilliant.

  59. Louise says:

    Hmm, unless there’s more proof I won’t believe this. Julia has been in a lot of films and will be used to her trailor being all over the place, she isn’t always the `top` star. She is a busy mom and probably doesn’t give a rip. Or she might be a big diva, as they ALL are in the entertainment industry. NO exceptions. It might be someone from Meryl’s camp trying to discredit Julia for whatever petty argument. Things are very rarely what they seem. And without all the facts, I’m not gonna say either way. it’s kinda interesting tho that one lil rumour and most of you are busting to say how horrid Julia is, with no clue whatsoever :)

  60. MoP says:

    I have actually met the fabulous Ms. Streep on a couple of occasions, and she is not only nice, but even more beautiful in person. Very down to earth. Just sayin’ – I don’t actually care much about the rich and famous, but she is definitely the exception to the rule as far as celebrity entitlement goes… from what I read :)

  61. Catherine says:

    While I do think that Meryl is an all around wonderful person and actor that could easily run circles around Julia, I’m just not falling for this story.

  62. MustardMan says:

    Meryl is a Yale University graduate, a classically trained actress. She’s also a class act.

  63. katherine says:

    bad,bad casting if julia roberts is playing meryl’s daughter

  64. Jenna Austin says:

    You think? I’ve never seen Meryl Streep destroy a movie by letting her character “act” like herself in a movie, (ie, Oceans Twelve when her character “pretended to be Julia Roberts) joke! Not smart, I thought it a pompous, self centered move. I also think she is the one that made an assistant shave her hairy armpits for a photo shoot. Homewrecker that hasn’t made a decent movie since Erin Brokovictch.

  65. Verranth says:

    Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Producer George Clooney have been trying to make this movie TOGETHER for over three years…Julia and Meryl have been on it from day one..This included multiple meetings starting about 4 years ago…There is NO WAY any of this is true…