Here's Why 'Succession' Star Brian Cox Told Meryl Streep 'I Never Liked You'

The beloved curmudgeon said he had been "jealous" of Streep, prompting a possibly misguided compliment about her acting talent.

Brian Cox once had a hilarious ax to grind with fellow actor Meryl Streep.

The “Succession” star said as much in a video released Tuesday for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, which showed a conversation between Cox and “The Devil Wears Prada” cast member Emily Blunt.

“I loved it,” Cox said of the 2006 film, in which Streep played a fashion magazine editor seemingly inspired by Vogue’s Anna Wintour. “To work with one of the greatest screen actresses of all time, I mean, I so envy you.”

Cox then recalled an encounter he’d had with the cherished and record-breaking entertainer.

“I met her once, and I used to say, ‘I never liked you,’” he remembered. “And she went, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I never liked you because I was jealous.’ ... How can anybody be that good?”

Blunt noted that Streep — who has previously said she used “The Devil Wears Prada” as a way to “take on the burdens” Wintour carried — had tried method acting for the role, which made her feel “miserable.”

Brian Cox is pictured with Meryl Streep in 2003.
Brian Cox is pictured with Meryl Streep in 2003.
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“There’s this whole debate about method acting,” Cox said. “I’m all for whatever gets you through the day, fine. But the great thing ... is how you transmit energy — the fact [that] the energy goes through you, and you don’t have to worry in any way. And if you hit it right, it works.”

Cox is well known for his distaste of method acting, even calling the technique “fucking annoying” when employed by his “Succession” co-star Jeremy Strong.

But despite the the beloved curmudgeon’s eccentric sense of humor, he’s made clear that his feelings are rooted in genuine concern.

“The result that Jeremy gets is always pretty tremendous,” Cox told The New Yorker in 2021. “I just worry about what he does to himself. ... It’s a particularly American disease, I think, this inability to separate yourself off while you’re doing the job.”

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