Newcomer Alexandra Roach had big shoes to fill for her feature film debut. In “The Iron Lady,” the Welsh actress portrays Margaret Thatcher in her younger years, before the divisive, pearl-loving figure became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (and Meryl Streep). Talk about pressure.
“When I was cast, I thought this would be intimidating with Meryl Streep attached,” Roach said at the New York premiere of the Weinstein release on December 13. “But all that disappeared as soon as I met Meryl. She’s so open, kind and encouraging. She would watch me on set, but she was so calming. She’d just give me a wink every now then, a little thumbs up.”
Asked whether she sympathized with Thatcher, Roach said, “I’m an actress so I wanted to play her as truthfully and as fully as possible. I was definitely not judging her. We don’t agree on a lot of things, but when I was filming at the Houses of Parliament and I had all these older men around me in dark suits, it kind of struck me what she did for women, what she did as a woman. She came from a humble background. To come from that and have ambition and drive, just knowing what she wanted out of life, you cant help but admire that.”
Roach next apprears in Joe Wright’s anticpated adaptation of “Anna Karenina” starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.
The same night “Iron Lady” premiered at the Ziegfeld, Glenn Close’s passion project “Albert Nobbs” screened nearby at a glam event hosted by the Cinema Society and Giorgio Armani. Below find pictures from the dueling premieres.