Meryl Streep thought her Don’t Look Up co-stars were calling her a ‘goat’

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Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and Adam McKay attend the “Don’t Look Up” World Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 05, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Netflix)

The cast of Adam McKay’s latest satire Don’t Look Up has been on the press circuit the past couple of weeks. Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, and Jonah Hill star in McKay’s film about scientists discovering a comet on a crash course to Earth, but the general public and political officials deny its severity.

On Monday night, while appearing on The Late Show, Lawrence explained a comical generational misunderstanding while working with Streep. She stated that she had been calling Streep GOAT but the legendary actress misunderstood the compliment as a commentary on her age.

However, literally personifying being the greatest of all time, Streep didn’t seem to care either way. The fellow Oscar winner explained:

“We offhandedly call Meryl the GOAT [the greatest of all time]. And we were doing a photoshoot and I said something like GOAT and Meryl kind of said, ‘That’s right. Just tell the old goat where to go.’ I was like, ‘Meryl, you know that GOAT means greatest of all time, right?’ And she was like, ‘Oh, no!’”

It sounds pretty adorable and Lawrence recalls the story with humor, love, and mild humiliation. Check out her interview below as well as her transparency about the tedious CGI used on the film thanks to a particular snack gone awry. 

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Jonah Hill also commented on the slang misunderstanding while he was on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. He revealed that he had been calling Meryl GOAT for about a week while doing press but she didn’t address it until days later.

Hill explained, “Then today, we’re doing a press conference and she’s like, ‘You know, Jonah is so comfortable with me, he’s been calling me a goat all week.’ And I’m like, what the f***?’” He continued, “Jennifer Lawrence explained to her. [Meryl] was telling Jennifer about this — and she’s so cool, she wasn’t even offended by it! She was just like, ‘I guess he like loves me and is calling me a goat.’” [Streep] was like, ‘Hey, thanks for calling me the GOAT. I thought you were calling me a goat this whole time.” You can see more with the clip below:

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