Meryl Streep says violent experiences changed her profoundly

Meryl Streep
FILE - This Oct. 7, 2015 file photo shows Meryl Streep at the premiere of the film "Suffragette," at the London film festival in London. Streep told the audience at the 27th annual International Press Awards in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, that has she experienced violence twice in her life, and the experiences changed her "on a cellular level." (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep says the two times in her life she dealt with violence were so profound it changed her “on a cellular level.”

Streep made the remarks Wednesday at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards in New York. The Oscar-winner told the audience she did “know something about real terror.”

She recounted two incidents, one in which she said she was attacked and “played dead and waited until the blows stopped.”

Streep then described another incident when someone else was being abused.

She said in that case, she “went completely nuts” and chased the man off. It was after telling the stories that Streep said the experiences changed her permanently.

Streep did not give any more details, other than to say Cher witnessed the second incident.