"I can assure you that awards have very little bearing on my own personal happiness — my own sense of well-being and purpose in the world. That comes from studying the world feelingly, with empathy in my work. It comes from staying alert and alive and involved in the lives of the people that I love and the people in the wider world who need my help. No matter what you see me or hear me saying when I'm on your TV, holding a statuette and spewing — that's acting. Being a celebrity has taught me to hide, but being an actor has opened my soul . . . You know, you don't have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you."
— Meryl Streep at Barnard College (2010)