“The Iron Lady” director Phyllida Lloyd should be running Meryl Streep‘s Oscar campaign. After all, as Lloyd tells Gold Derby, “I do feel if she doesn’t win it for this, when would she ever win it? It’s such a feat. Obviously it’s a technical feat, but more than that it’s an act of magic — almost a disappearance.”
Those familiar with Lloyd and Streep’s previous collaboration — the amiable ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!” — might not expect a biopic of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to be their next project. However, these vastly different films each earned Golden Globe nominations for Streep.
What drew both director and star to the film was the story’s unique perspective as an elderly Thatcher reflects on her life. Of course, the meatiness of portraying the divisive politician was still something of a draw. “The opportunity to play somebody over a forty year period — how many actors get to actually do that?” Lloyd asks. “It was sort of a real Everest of a role, but somehow it was the more universal aspect of it that was the catch for us all.”
A renowned stage director, Lloyd picked up a 2009 Tony nomination for her direction of “Mary Stuart” which also reaped Tony bids for leading ladies Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter. When asked if she’s considered directing the Oscar and Emmy-winning Streep in a Broadway production that could bag her a Tony, Lloyd smiles, “She should do more stage. We’ll get on to it.”
Watch the full interview below.