Armed with spatulas, whisks and fry pans, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams cook up some serious fun in the upcoming comedy Julie & Julia
If Julia Child taught us anything about food, it’s that everything tastes better with butter, and that a little “cognac never hurt anything.” It’s without a doubt that there was something about Julia that no one could resist. Whether it was her enormous presence on her televised cooking show, her passion for French cuisine or the charming warble of her voice, which prompted many comedic skits, including a seriously funny and famous skit done by the late John Candy on SCTV, one thing is for sure, Child had that “it” factor that inspired audiences to get their gastronomy on and cook with flair. “She was one of those people whose character was sort of as huge as what she was trying to say,” Meryl Streep told Entertainment Tonight about her role as Child in the upcoming film Julie & Julia.
Julie & Julia not only stars Oscar-winning actress Streep, but also stars the adorable Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams (Doubt, Enchanted), who stars as the other title character, Julie Powell; a woman who was so inspired by Child that she turned herself into a gastronomical expert over the span of a year by vowing to complete an absurd task: to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s 1961 classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and blog about it. “I loved that it examines these two women looking for a purpose that wasn’t love,” Adams revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s about self-discovery.”
Based on writer-director Nora Ephron’s (Bewitched, Sleepless in Seattle) adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia (adapted from her famous blog) and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, Powell reveals how she conquered every recipe in Child’s difficult cookbook, which she claims saved her soul from a mundane world and goes through Child’s climb from a student of the Cordon Blue in France to a top chef. “It’s almost two movies that have blended together in a dialogue,” says Streep to Entertainment Weekly. “We’re in different worlds. I’m in ’50s Paris and she’s in 2002 Queens. I got the better deal!”
Of course any good actress worth her salt must prep properly for their role so for both Streep and Adams private cooking lessons were a must, and, of course, the taste testing. “It was the best-smelling set I’ve ever been on.” Adams said. “Roast chicken, French onion soup, you name it. We ate a lot!” And as for Adams real life culinary skills she proudly admits: “I boned a duck. I had a talent for it I have to say. And oooh, butter! I didn’t eat nearly enough butter before the movie.”