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How Meryl Streep & Cher Really Felt About Reuniting On-Screen

Meryl Streep’s not only a powerhouse talent, she’s also a powerhouse friend — and that was on full display as she showered her fellow Hollywood peers with love and joy at the Mama Mia: Here We Go Again London premiere on Monday. 

When asked how reuniting on-screen with Cher, someone equally famous, was after 35 years (they acted together in Silkwood in 1983), Streep gushed that it was absolutely fantastic.

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“I came on the set the day that she sang ‘Fernando.’ That was my first day… And she just lifted the lid off the place! I mean, she steals the movie,” she told Entertainment Tonight

Oddly enough, Cher plays Streep’s mother in the Mama Mia sequel — if you think that’s weird, you’re not alone. Cher is only Streep’s senior by three years. But Streep said somehow, it made sense. 

“She’s lived a much longer life than I have.” Yeah, sure. Streep’s only won 173 awards — three of those being Oscars — been nominated 355 times; played a fashion queen (Devil Wears Prada), cooking legend (Julia Child), Holocaust survivor (Sophie’s Choice) and prime minister (The Iron Lady); loved and lost (her first love, John Cazale, died of bone cancer in 1978 and she later married her current husband, Don Gummer); and raised four children, but life experience? Cher’s had so much more. There’s tons of justification there.

Meryl Streep gif from 'Mama Mia'

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Either way, Cher had nothing but love for her former Silkwood costar, telling ET, “We’ve stayed friends all these years. I cannot believe that, but [Silkwood] was my first film, and she helped me. I mean, she was unbelievable, because I had no idea what I was doing… It’s great to see her again.”

Cher and Streep’s friendship isn’t the only Hollywood friendship that’s remained tight through the years. It seems Streep and her on-screen Mama Mia daughter, Amanda Seyfried, are also still quite chummy. 

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We cannot wait to see the film because, guys, the gang’s all back together! The sequel hits theaters on July 20, 2018. 

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