Sharon Stone Criticises Meryl Streep 'Icon' Status In Hollywood

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Sharon Stone has critiqued the way Hollywood has elevated Meryl Streep to a higher status than many of her fellow actresses, suggesting it is emblematic of the industry pitting women against one another.

The actor - who recently released her first memoir The Beauty Of Living Twice - made the comments in a May interview with Zoomer - which over the past 24 hours has achieved viral status . She corrected a journalist who asked about Stone 'finally' getting the chance to work with the Oscar winner in The Laundromat.

'I like the way you phrase that, that I finally got to work with Meryl Streep,' Stone told the publication. 'You didn’t say, "Meryl finally got to work with Sharon Stone." Or we finally got to work together.'

The Golden Globe winning actor claimed Streep has been 'built up to be' someone everybody wants to work with and suggested this contributes to the historic issue of Hollywood pitting female actors against each other.

'The business was set up that we should all envy and admire Meryl because only Meryl got to be the good one. And everyone should compete against Meryl,' Stone said. 'I think Meryl is an amazingly wonderful woman and actress. But in my opinion, quite frankly, there are other actresses equally as talented as Meryl Streep. The whole Meryl Streep iconography is part of what Hollywood does to women.'

Stone went on to name several fellow actors she believed are 'every bit the actress' as Streep including Olivia Colman, Kate Winslet, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson.

Stone included herself in the mix too, saying she plays a 'villain' better than Streep would: 'I’m a much better villain than Meryl and I’m sure she’d say so. Meryl was not gonna be good in Basic Instinct or in Casino. I would be better. And I know it. And she knows it.'

Photo credit: Sunset Boulevard - Getty Images
Photo credit: Sunset Boulevard - Getty Images

The 63-year-old has conducted several interviews in the run up to the book release, where she has been critical of the film industry's past treatment towards women bringing in her own experiences. In the book, Stone claimed that she was misled about the explicit interrogation scene from Basic Instinct and said a producer once suggested she had sex with her male co-stars to improve 'onscreen chemistry'.

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