Meryl Streep in 'It's Complicated'Is 60 the new 50 -- or even 40 -- for certain Hollywood actresses? It sure looks that way for at least one star who spent the early part of her career mainly playing serious, Oscar-worthy roles; who has never relied solely on her looks; and who has an effortless sexiness that comes with not taking herself too seriously. We're talking, of course, about Meryl Streep, arguably the best American actress of her generation. In the new (January 2010) issue of Vanity Fair, which explores her continued box office success, the screen veteran exclaims, "It's incredible -- I'm 60, and I'm playing the romantic lead in romantic comedies!"

She's referring to the much-anticipated 'It's Complicated,' opening Christmas day, which co-stars Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. In the movie Streep is a divorcee with grown children who has a torrid affair with her ex (Baldwin), now married to a much younger woman; it's all further complicated by her burgeoning relationship with a sensitive architect (Martin). Who better to carry off such a delicious role (and its witty repartee) than Streep? Yet, as she herself noted, it's almost unheard of for a mature woman to play such a part in a rom-com, one of the most traditional movie genres.
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