One actor. Two film roles. You tell us which portrayal was the best. The most memorable. Or iconic. Or simply your favorite.
But before you pass judgment, a few words defending the “character” of each…
The case for Miranda Priestly
Designer Michael Kors famously said on the hit TV show Project Runway that “fashion is not for sissies.” Want proof? Meet Miranda Priestly. The Devil Wears Prada’s ice queen fashionista rules the world of couture with a withering stare and an iron fist—and Louis Vuitton handbag, natch. In an industry which is perceived as shallow and frivolous she is the antithesis of that. Streep’s Priestly (based on Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour) is all business: a focused, driven, unwavering leader at the vanguard of her profession who does not suffer fools gladly. We call women like that bitches in heels; males are simply businessmen.
The case for Julia Child
Prior to her foray into the culinary world Julia Child was employed as a top secret researcher for the OSS (predecessor of the CIA) during World War II. Post-war she was bestowed an award that cited, among other virtues and accomplishments, her “drive and inherent cheerfulness.” It was her infectious sunny disposition maybe more than her prestigious talents that made The French Chef beloved the world over. Streep embodied those exact qualities in the film Julie & Julia where her determination to succeed in a predominantly male-dominated field was buoyed by that bubbly optimism. Who says that nice gals finish last?
Now that you’ve heard the arguments for both it’s time to render your verdict!