After graduating from college, Streep studied at the Yale School of Drama. However, she found it difficult. In order to pay for school, she had to take extra jobs, and it tired her out. In fact, she even considered giving up acting entirely, as at the time she still wasn’t completely sure what she wanted to do with her life.
“I didn’t always want to be an actor. I thought I wanted to be a translator at the U.N. and help people understand each other,” Streep told The Guardian in 2017. “Some young people come into acting because they see it as glossy and heightened and more sort of divine than their existence; but what interests me is getting deep into someone else’s life.”
It seems, then, that Streep was less interested in the celebrity lifestyle that often comes with being an actress. “That other stuff, I’ve never liked,” she explained to The Guardian. “My mother used to say, ‘People would give their right arm to walk down that red carpet. Enjoy it!’ You just can’t change who you are.”