In an interview with Newsday, the actress elaborated on what it's like to be the only woman on stage. "I never feel like the odd man out. Although that's the point — I'm the only woman," she said, though reminded reporters the director (Anna D. Shapiro) is also a woman. Therein lies both the problem and the success of Meester's portrayal of Curley's Wife. When there's just one woman in a story, her character can sometimes be representative of all women. When Newsday pointed out how Curley's Wife meets hostility whenever she enters a room, Meester noted this is true for many women — not just fictional ones. "It's part of life as most women know it. We may not be told every time we come in a room filled with men, 'Get out of here,' but...that kind of prejudice is still very alive today," she told the publication. It's that attitude that elevates Meester's character from stereotype to subversion.
As the Telegraph observes, Meester "navigates around the stereotype of 'slutty desperate housewife' to become more complex — a fragile and misunderstood catalyst for the play’s final-act tragedy." But, even if you haven't seen the play, her recent Instagram sums up her perspective. When Meester's asked to play a temptress, her response is "Who you callin' a tart?" (Newsday)
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