Meryl Streep suffered a severe crisis of confidence on the set of new movie The Iron Lady after spending just seven days preparing for her role as Margaret Thatcher.
The Oscar-winning actress stepped into the shoes of Britain's famous former Prime Minister for the film and recently confessed she only had a week to practice Thatcher's voice and posture.
She insisted she was "ready" by the time the cameras rolled - but now she's revealed the early days onset were fraught with problems and she even told director Phyllida Lloyd she was having second thoughts about taking on the role.
Streep tells The Independent, "I got on a plane and I had not 'done' her. So day one was a bit not great, but there were all these splendid English actors at Pinewood (Studios in England) and you've got to love other actors - they gave me my belief. And you really have to believe, right to the soles of your feet."
On the second day of filming, Streep was required to shoot a major scene in the movie but her doubts about playing Thatcher were creeping in.
She adds, "I was so freaked out. But sometimes a bath of fire is good - when it's terrifying and hard and ridiculous - that's good... Sometimes I got hysterical and lost my mind and thought, 'I don't think I can do this.' Phyllida would say, 'Yes you can'...
"It's good to be nervous, insecure - that's a very good thing. I mean, it's horrible, but it's the thing that enables you to understand weakness. And often you need to know what that is."