Actress Meryl Streep sat down with "Extra's" AJ Calloway to talk about portraying former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."

"She's the longest-serving prime minister in the 20th Century -- and she made dinner," marveled Streep. "I mean, working women all over the world will understand how amazing that is!"


In fact, Streep donated her whole salary to a worthy women's cause. "I gave my whole salary to the National Women's History Museum, which we're trying to get built in Washington D.C. because, you know, you got to stand up."

Meryl Streep poses on the cover of Vogue for the first time!

Streep also said the little things in Thatcher's life fascinated her, like how she carried inspirational cards in her purse to boost her confidence. The Oscar winner explained, "There were so many interesting little surprises about her."

"The Iron Lady" opens in theaters January 6.

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