The release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again marks quite a few milestones for returning star Meryl Streep. Not only is it the first time the three-time Oscar winner has appeared in a sequel to one of her films, it’s also the first time she’s reunited on screen with former Silkwood co-star Cher.
ET’s Brooke Anderson caught up with the beloved screen legend on the red carpet at the London premiere of the musical comedy at the Hammersmith Apollo on Monday, and Streep dished on what it was like working with the iconic performer.
“It was fantastic,” the 69-year-old actress marveled. “I came on the set the day that she sang ‘Fernando.’ That was my first day… And she just lifted the lid off the place! I mean, she steals the movie!”
Streep laughingly explained that Cher “appropriately” plays her mother in the long-awaited sequel — which is once again based on the classic hit songs by Swedish pop group ABBA.
“Because she’s lived a much longer life than I have,” she added, jokingly referring to the fact that Cher is 72, only three years older than Streep herself.